By Patti Shields | 7/17/14 2:00 PM
After the completion of games on July 16th, the semi-final brackets have officially been set for the 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championships. Australia was able to hold off Israel (9-8) after taking the lead during the third quarter, and will go on to face Team USA today at 4:30pm MT in the first semi-final game of the tournament. The Iroquois Nationals will also be advancing to the semi-final game to play Canada tonight at 7pm MT, after taking and holding an early lead against a tenacious Scotland team and finishing 10-8.
The United States continued to lead the Blue Division, as they remained undefeated after their 5 tournament games. In their most recent contests, the US men took easy control of England, finishing with a smooth 20-1 victory. On Tuesday, the US defeated the Iroquois Nationals 18-5 after coming out with an 11-0 lead through the beginning of the third period.
New York Lizards attackman Rob Pannell led the US offense against the Iroquois, finding the back of the net an impressive seven times and assisting the Ohio Machine’s Marcus Holman on his goal. Pannell is now in 5th place for points per game this tournament, averaging 5 per contest with his current total of 25 points. Boston Cannons middie Paul Rabil added three goals and three assists to the final tally, and follows Pannell for most points on team USA with 12 goals and 6 assists. The US continue their quest for the gold as they prepare to play Australia, having beaten them 16-7 during their second tournament game.
Australia finds themselves in 4th place heading into the semi-final games, after edging out Charlotte Hounds defenseman Casey Cittadino and a tough Israeli team 9-8 during yesterday’s play. Despite Ari Sussman’s three goals, Australia was able to hang on to their lead, securing their rematch against the US.
Rochester Rattlers rookie Miles Thompson led the now 3rd place Iroquois Nationals with three goals against the US, and finds himself in 4th place for assists per game, averaging 2.33, as they head into the semi-finals. They head into what is sure to be a tough rematch against Canada, having lost 9-8 in their meeting over the weekend.
With group play concluded, the Canadians are on the hunt for a rematch of the 2010 World Games final, in which the US beat them 12-10. They secured second place after two impressive wins against Japan and Australia, winning 20-3 and 12-4, respectively. Rattlers attackman Mark Matthews leads the Canadian squad in points, having scored 13 and assisted 7 so far in the tournament.
Cittadino, Sussman and Israel will take on England today, hoping to advance to the next round for the 5th place game as they closed the Orange Division on top. New Zealand won the Plum Division, having edged out Russia, as well as Wales, in their tournament play. Germany and Ireland are both fighting to face each other in the 9th place game.
Green and Turquoise Division leaders, the Netherlands and Finland, will battle it out in hopes of making the 13th place game, with the possibility of facing Grey Division leader, the Czech Republic, pending their outcome against Switzerland. Rounding out the leaders is White Division’s Scotland, who will face Japan in hopes of finding themselves in the 5th place match.
For more scores and standings information place visit the 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championships website.