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Iroquois Nationals Capture Bronze in 2018 FIL

 


Israel. In the 2018 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Championship semifinal game Canada defeated the Iroquois Nationals, 15-4.

Four goals and two hat tricks by Canada blew them past the Iroquois Nationals, 15-4, and advanced Team Canada to the FIL Men’s World Championship gold-medal game. Canada’s defense was on point keeping the Iroquois Nationals on the outside and forcing turnovers. Canada outshot Iroquois Nationals, 40-25.

Canada faced the United States team for the 11th consecutive time in the gold-medal game Saturday, July 20, 2018. The United States team is credited with the first and winning goals of the game over Canada, 9-8. The last goal left just one click on the clock giving the United States team its 10th FIL Men’s World Championship gold medal.

The Iroquois returned for the bronze-medal game to defend its 2014 FIL Bronze medal against Australia.

The Iroquois Nationals staved off a late comeback attempt from Australia to claim its second consecutive bronze medal at Wingate Sports Institute in Israel winning 14 to 12. This is also the second medal ever won by the Iroquois Nationals.

The FIL Men’s World Championship featured the 22 placement games played on Friday, July 20th from 3rd to 45th place. This year’s rendering was the largest field with 46 teams competing from July 11 to 21 for the World Championship.

Austin Staats and his older brother, Randy, jumpstarted the Iroquois Nationals with three combined goals, for an early 7-2 lead over Australia into the third quarter. Both teams exchanged goals for 17 minutes in the third and fourth quarters, with the Iroquois Nationals holding a 12-6 lead. Australia’s Nigel Morton scored three of his four goals in the last 22:53 of the game, making a comeback a close reality. Australia outscored the Iroquois in this stretch 6-2.

Iroquois Nationals’ goalie Warren Hill, who was getting peppered with shots, stood big in the cage, making an unbelievable amount of saves in the waning moments of the game. Australia outshot the Iroquois Nationals, 43-32. Hill blocked 16 shots, finishing with a 57 percent save ratio.

“It’s awesome, you know we would have like to have competed for that gold or silver medal, but we didn’t want to go home empty handed,” said Hill. “With this being our second medal ever, we wanted to make a tradition that we want to medal every time we’re here. We got a little complacent with that big lead from the first half. We knew in our heads that we weren’t going to let them get the lead. It was definitely hectic at the end.”

 

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