Lacrosse World Championships 2006

World Championships report, 15th July

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USA 25 - England 5

LONDON, Ont. - Team USA scored early and often and coasted to a convincing 25-5 victory over Team England at the 2006 World lacrosse Championships in London. The Americans beat England goalie Will Stelfox three times in the opening five minutes and led 7-1 at the end of the first 20 minutes.

Scott Urick led the U.S attack with six goals while teammate Ryan Powell added five. Joe Walters chipped in with a hat trick. The second half was all Team USA as the defending world champions shut down England's offense and kept them off the scoresheet over the final 40 minutes. Meanwhile, the American attack continued to be overpowering as they scored 15 straight goals.

Matthew Beadle had three goals in the losing cause for England. Team USA oushot Team England by a 34-9 margin. Chris Garrity and Trevor Tierney split the goaltending duties for Team USA while Benjamin McAllister and Stelfox shared the position for England. The win leaves the Americans with a record of 2-0 while Team England drops to 0-2.

Quarter scores: 7-1, 10-5, 16-5, 25-5

Canada 12 - Iroquois 8

LONDON, Ont. - Gary Gait led Team Canada to a hard fought 12-8 victory over the Iroquois Nationals at the 2006 World Lacrosse Championships at TD Waterhouse Stadium in London on Saturday afternoon. Gait, generally regarded as the 'Wayne Gretzky' of lacrosse, scored three times in the first quarter as Team Canada overcame an early 1-0 deficit en route to the victory. Gait added a fourth marker midway through the third quarter.

With the win, Team Canada remained undefeated in the tournament with a record of 2-0. The loss drops the Nationals to 1-1. John Grant Jr. also had a strong offensive game for Canada as he notched three goals. Taylor Wray, Billy Dee Smith, Stephen Hoar, Gavin Prout, and Colin Doyle added singles. Neal Powless had a hat trick for the Nationals who outscored Team Canada 6-3 in the second half. Singles went to Roger Vyse, Scott Burnham, Matt Alexander, Kent Squire and Dan Burnham.

Chris Sanderson was outstanding in goal for Canada, making the save of the game on a diving stop off a shot by Squire mid-way through the second quarter. Marty Ward played well in goal for the Nationals, making several big saves, especially in the third quarter. The Iroquois Nationals were good on two of eight power plays, while Team Canada could only capitalize on one of seven. Team Canada outshot the Iroquois Nationals by a margin of 26-17.

Quarter scores: 4-2, 9-2, 10-3, 12-8

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Australia 18 - Japan 1

Australia rebounded from an opening day loss, dominating Japan on Saturday. The Aussies led 18-0, before Wataru Tsugu scored to finally put Japan on the board with only 1:14 remaining. Wes Green and David Whiteman scored three goals each for Australia.

Quarter scores: 2-0, 7-0, 11-0, 18-1

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