OTTAWA, ON (July 10, 2016) – A much improved Team Canada dominated both sides of the field to secure their first win of the 2016 FIL U19 Men’s Lacrosse World Championship, 24-2 over England.
The offense was running on all cylinders for the Canadians, who utilized two-man style offensive sets, a technique often used in box lacrosse. They were also much tougher off the ball, pressuring their opponents to force turnovers and scooping up the majority of loose balls. A steady improvement in their game is something the coaching staff has preached, and the message seems to have caught on with the players.
“An important goal for us was to improve and get better each day and I think we did that,” said incoming Cornell freshman Jeff Teat (Brampton, Ont.), whose team leading seven points (3 G, 4 A) helped pace the offense. “We’re better today than we were two days ago, so we’re making progress.”
Along with Teat, three other Canadians netted hat-tricks in the game, including Riley Curtis (4 G, 1 A), Ryan Lanchbury (4 G), and Tre Leclaire (4 G, 1 A). While Thomas Semple, who hails from the host city of Coquitlam, B.C., and Victoria, B.C., native Marshal King each added a pair of goals.
On the opposing side, big man Joseph Cara scored his team leading third of the tournament, and fellow attack man Austin Hudson added the other. Zach Peng also found the score sheet, assisting on both goals.
Canada’s long poles were much more involved in the game plan compared to the team’s last outing. They pushed the pace in transition, forcing defenders to chase them, and also managed to sneak into the offensive zone to score a few goals, with Ryland Rees (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) netting a pair and Jackson Suboch (Mimico, Ont.) getting one as well.
Justin Inacio (Oakville, Ont.) was almost unbeatable on face-offs, winning 19 of 21, but his contributions didn’t stop there. At the end of the second quarter, his speed off the draw allowed him to break into the offensive zone, which seemed to catch the England defenders off guard, and rifle a shot past the keeper for a well deserved goal.
The action continues tomorrow for Canada (1-1), who will challenge the Iroquois Nationals (1-0) at 7:30pm PST in what is sure to be a tough test