And so it begins and ends with the United States and Canada. Nine days ago, the 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championships opened with the two powerhouses facing off, and tomorrow, the World Games will conclude in a similar fashion.
Team USA took the first game 10-7, and then every game after that for an unmarred record of 6-0. Most recently, they defeated Australia in the semifinals 22-3, dominating the entirety of the game. Rochester Rattlers’ sophomore Dave Lawson earned a team-high six points (four goals, two assists), while New York Lizards’ Greg Gurenlian and Boston Cannons’ Chris Eck stripped any chance of Australia gaining possession by combining to claim 26 out of 29 battles at the ‘X’.
Since loosing the tournament’s opening match, Canada has been an unstoppable force with a 5-1 record. Their latest defeat of the Iroquois Nationals has earned them a spot in the finals, against the only team in the tournament to which they’ve fallen: Team USA. They’ll be a tough team to beat more than once though, as last night Denver Outlaws’ Curtis Dickson, who was the star of their semifinal victory, scored four goals and Charlotte Hounds’ Geoff Snider won 16 out of 21 faceoffs, preventing the Iroquois from scoring for 46 minutes.
Not all is lost for Canada, though, as they suit up to take on the undefeated United States for the Final tomorrow, at 9:00 p.m. ET on ESPNU. In 2010 the tables were turned as the two met to battle for the gold in Manchester, England, with the favors swapped. The US had only lost a single game in the matches leading up to the ultimate game, and that was to Canada, who remained undefeated until the US won the Final 12-10. Perhaps history will repeat itself and favor the underdogs, or maybe Team USA will go all the way…