With the United States' 10-7 win over Canada on Thursday night, the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships are underway in the Denver suburbs.
Team USA, which defeated its neighbor to the north for the gold medal at the 2010 world championships, is looking for its second straight crown and 10th overall in the event, held every four years.
While it's likely that the title game July 19 will be another U.S.-Canada matchup -- the teams have played in every gold-medal contest since 1998 -- a couple of squads could challenge them.
First and foremost are the Iroquois, who are led by five members of the Thompson family. Brothers Miles, Lyle, Jerome Jr. and Jeremy, as well as cousin Ty, bring flair and an unmatched familial element to the Iroquois offense, which also gets scoring punch from Cody Jamieson and Randy Staats. The Iroquois didn't get to play in the 2010 championships because of a passport problem, so this will be the first time we get to see the Thompsons together on this stage.
Australia, which has never finished lower than third place at the worlds, and which played for the gold medal in 1994, has a remote chance at an upset. Stevenson rising junior Callum Robinson brings size (6 feet 4, 230 pounds) to the Aussie defense.