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USA Opens Worlds with Convincing Win

March 18, 2016
In the opening game of the 2014 FIL World Lacrosse championships, the United States defeated Canada in an exciting 10-7 victory. The game was a rematch of the 2010 gold medal game, in which Team USA defeated Team Canada 12-10 to claim their 9 th world title. Team USA proved that they have what it takes to repeat as champions, controlling all aspects of the game.

Thursday’s game featured 37 Major League Lacrosse players, including the entire Team USA 23-man roster and 14 members of the Canadian team.

The game started out slow, with only one goal being scored in the opening quarter. Denver’s Mark Matthews scored for Team Canada to give them an early lead.

The second quarter was completely dominated by Team USA. Two Outlaws, Curtis Dickson and Jeremy Noble, gave Canada their only goals of the quarter. Team USA would go on a six-goal streak not only giving the Americans the go-ahead, but also reasserting their authority in the rivalry. USA goals scored by Kevin Buchanan (Boston), with two, Garrett Thul (Florida), Paul Rabil (Boston), Brendan Mundorf (Chesapeake) and Max Seibald (New York). Team USA ended the half up 6-3.

After halftime, the US continued to impress, only allowing the Canadians a single goal. Zack Greer (Denver) scored the only goal for Team Canada. Team USA goals in the third by Kevin Leveille (Rochester) and Rob Pannell (New York) with two.

The Americans slowed the tempo down in the fourth quarter, working without the shot clock to move the ball strategically around the field. Fourth quarter goals scored by Greer, Geoff Snider (Denver) and Kevin Crowley (Chesapeake) for Canada, and Rabil with his second of the night for the United States. With strong defense and selfless play, Team USA was able to pick up their first tournament victory, defeating Canada 10-7.

The United States will take on Australia at 7:00 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, July 12 on ESPNU. Canada will play England at 10:00 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, July 12 on ESPN3.com. Both teams will continue group play until Monday.

Game Notes

-Paul Rabil named Player of the Game for his two goals and two assists in Team USA’s victory

- Of the 37 MLL players, 13 players scored goals (eight for USA, six for Canada)

-Game attendance was 11,447