CANADA 24, ENGLAND 2 – BOX SCORE
Canada (1-1) defeated England (0-2) 24-2 in the final game of the day. Jeff Teat of Brampton, Ont., led Canada with a seven-point night (3G, 4A), quarterbacking the Canadian-style two-man offence, applying box lacrosse technique in the offensive sets. Teat, son of former pro Dan Teat, was especially effective with Riley Curtis drawing the double team and dishing to the man on the crease.
“I think it’s the offence we’ve got to we rely on. We don’t play together all year so this is the box skill and mindset in our offence. Finding the chemistry in the two-man game works for us,” said Teat. “It was very important for us to get back on our feet tonight. We’re taking it day by day. Overall for us it has been an important goal for the tournament to improve each day and we’re better today than we were two days ago. So we’re making progress.”
Ryan Lanchbury (4G, 3A), Tre Leclaire (4G, 1A) and Curtis (4G, 1A) also had strong offensive outings for Canada. Rounding out the scoring for the hosts were Ben French (2G, 1A), Ryland Rees (2G, 1A), Justin Inacio (1G), Thomas Semple (1G), Jackson Suboch (1G), Tanner Cook (1G) and Jonathan Donville (1G). Kyle Hebert and Caelahn Bullen split the duties in net combining for six saves, allowing one goal each. Scoring for England were Joseph Cara and Austin Hudson. William Hudson (9 saves) and Hal Dwobeng (3 saves) split goalkeeping duties for England, which will play Australia (0-1) at 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Canada faces the Iroquois Nationals (1-0) Sunday night at 7:30 p.m. in a game that could very likely decide second place in the Blue Division.
“It’s a very important game,” said Teat. “Coach (Taylor) Wray just talked about it and the importance of winning it to earn a day’s rest. They are very talented, a very good group and we’re going to have to be ready for them in every aspect.”
Fortunately for Canada, they have the home crowd on their side, which could be a factor in a tight game.
“It’s a huge factor for us. A lot of the time we play on the road. So it’s good to have home crowd cheering for us, being here to support us and to be able to talk with them.”
USA 15, AUSTRALIA 4
In their tourney debut, Australia ran into the powerhouse freight train that is the United States. Princeton commit Michael Sowers scored five goals and added two helpers in the 15-4 win over Australia. Sowers looked like Wayne Gretzky from behind the net, commanding the X and distributing passes with precision after drawing double teams. His prowess around the net left fans in the crowd in awe.
“Our defense is so good in the sense that they’ll get a turnover, and the ball’s up and out,” Sowers said. “We’re sitting down there and all you really have to do is catch the ball and put it in the back of the net. I found myself in a couple right positions.”
Alex Roesner (2G, 2A) teamed up for three of the first four US goals with Sowers. Jared Bernhardt (2G), Mac O’Keefe (1G, 2A), Simon Mathias (1G, 1A), Dox Aitken (1G), and Bryan Costabile (1G). For Australia, Gordon Purdie Jr. led the way with a goal and assist, and Bryan Panting, Matthew Wood and Liam Hood added singles. Luke Dobson made 14 saves in the Australia net in the loss but was the reason the score stayed closer throughout. Willie Klan and Philip Goss split duties in the cage for the U.S.
CHINA 15, KOREA 4
After a close first half, China outscored Korea 10-0 in the second 40 minutes to defeat Korea 15-4. Kurtis Shum of Vancouver led China (1-0) with seven goals and one assist. Eric Wang (3G), Kevin Dong (2G, 1A), Matthew McIlwrick (1G, 3A), Peter Ma (1G) and Henry Yao (1G) rounded out the scoring for China. Colin Lee (2G), Hyunmean Mo (1G) and Donghuk Kim (1G) scored for Korea (0-1).
HONG KONG 15, TAIWAN 1
Bryan Houghton scored six goals and added an assist as Hong Kong (1-1) cruised to a 15-1 win over Taiwan (0-2). Long Fai Ko added three goals and two assists in the win and Fo Man Li and Ka Cheung Wong netted two goals a piece. Siu On Ng and Sing Sum Jeremy Cheng added singles. Taiwan’s lone goal was scored by Chi-En Li. Hong Kong will play Mexico (0-1) on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Stadium while Taiwan will look for its first win on Sunday at 10 a.m. against Israel (1-0).
GERMANY 13, MEXICO 0
Despite the strong play of Mexico netminder Alec Gastony, the Germans found their rhythm in the second half and played strong interior defence to blank the Mexico offence. Jeremiah Vanderkin-Kus led Germany with a four-goal performance. Soren Speigel added three goals and three assists, and David Beckmann added a pair of goals. Single goals came from Lukas Kins, Austin Easterly, Va