United States Advances to FIL Final With Rout of Australia
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. - A dominating performance across the board saw Team USA jump out to a 7-0 lead after one quarter and never look back, stunning Australia with a 22-3 win to advance to the finals of the FIL World Championship.
|Photo Gallery: USA 22, Australia 3|
|Dominant all over the field, the United States never allowed Australia into the game. (Scott McCall)|
David Lawson led the United States with four goals, while Brendan Mundorf, Paul Rabil, Max Seibald and Kevin Leveille all had hat tricks in the win, which was the most lopsided in world championship play history between the teams. The previous mark of 16, a 21-5 win by the United States in 2010 at Manchester, England, was eclipsed early in the fourth quarter.
Rob Pannell continued his torrid play at the world championships with two goals and an assist, giving him 28 points in six games for Team USA. With one game left to play, he stands tied with Ryan Powell's 2006 showing for fifth in U.S. men's national team history at 28 points. Mark Millon's record of 41 in 1994 is likely beyond reach, but Michael Powell's second place of 32 in 2006 could be within reach.
While no records are available for faceoff performance, Chris Eck and Greg Gurenlian continued their dominance as well, combining for a 26-for-29 game against the Sharks, both winning 13. They've been a huge difference-maker for the United States all tournament.
Australia came out flat after six games in six days, including a tough 9-8 come-from-behind win over Israel in Wednesday's quarterfinals. Matt Diver, Nigel Morton and Anson Carter each scored once and William Pickett had an assist, but with the United States up comfortably early, they never really made a game of it, unlike the comparatively close 16-7 United States win in pool play.
The statistics speak for themselves, as the United States outshot Australia by a 45-11 margin, scooped 37 ground balls compared to 17, and only needed three saves from goalkeepers Jesse Schwartzman and Drew Adams.
Australia will face the Iroquois Nationals in Saturday's bronze medal game, looking to retain its medal stand status, having captured at least bronze in every world lacrosse tournament dating back to the first in 1967. The United States, now 59-3 all-time in international play, will face Canada, hoping to take home gold for the second straight tournament and 10th time overall in the final at 7 p.m. Saturday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
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