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U.S. routs Australia, advances to World lacrosse title game

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. - The United States is headed to the championship game of the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship after beating Australia 22-3 in the semifinals on Thursday night.

The U.S. will face Canada, a 12-6 winner over the Iroquois Nationals, in the championship game on Saturday at 9 p.m. at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in a game that will be televised by ESPNU.

The U.S. (6-0) controlled play from the start. The U.S. scored the first seven goals of the game and limited Australia to just 11 shots in the contest.

David Lawson had a team-high six points on four goals and two assists and Brendan Mundorf, Paul Rabil, Max Seibald and Kevin Leveille each scored three goals. Once again, the U.S. dominated possession time by controlling the faceoff battle. Chris Eck won 13 of 14 and Greg Gurenlian won 13 of 15 for the United States.

Matt Diver, Nigel Morton and Anson Carter all scored for Australia.

Canada fell behind the Iroquois Nationals 4-1 after one quarter, but then clamped down defensively and went on to win 12-6 to advance to the title game.

The Iroquois went scoreless for a stretch of over 46 minutes from the 2:05 mark of the first quarter until the 15:23 mark of the fourth quarter. During that time, Canada went on an eight-goal run to take a 9-4 lead.

Curtis Dickson scored three of those goals and finished with a game-high four goals and Geoff Snider was key, winning 16 of 21 faceoffs.

Lyle Thompson led the Iroquois with two goals and an assist, but all came in the first quarter. Canada's Dillon Roy drew the assignment on Thompson most of the night and was able to keep him in check. Randy Staats also had two goals for the Nationals.

The Iroquois Nationals will play Australia in the third place game on Saturday at 4 p.m. in a game that will be show on ESPN3. Australia has never finished lower than third and the Iroquois has never finished better than fourth.

Scotland's Jimmy McBride scored the game-winner in overtime in a 10-9 victory over Japan. The victory assures Scotland of its best finish ever and moves it into the Blue Division for the 2018 FIL World Championship in Manchester, England. England held on to its Blue Division spot by beating Israel 10-9 in overtime on a goal by Nicholas Watson.

Scotland and England will meet in the 5th place game on Saturday at 1 p.m. on Field 10 on ESPN3.

Thursday's schedule included five overtime games.

Scores from July 17

Czech Republic 8, Switzerland 2

Slovakia 6, Belgium 3

Norway 11, Austria 10 (OT)

Thailand 14 ,France 4

Spain 9, Russia 5

Uganda 11, Argentina 5

China 16, Korea 15

Turkey 9, Mexico 4

Finland 15, Netherlands 6

Italy 15, Poland 14 (2 OT)

Ireland 12, New Zealand 10

Wales 16, Latvia 15 (2 OT)

Hong Kong 14, Bermuda 13

Germany 13, Sweden 10

Colombia 11, Costa Rica 4 (37th place game) Scotland 10, Japan 9 (OT) England 10, Israel 9 (OT)

Semifinal: United States 22, Australia 3

Semifinal: Canada 12, Iroquois Nationals 6

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