MANCHESTER, England -- Coach Tony Seaman called it "another day at the office," but the United States' 16-10 victory over Canada yesterday in round-robin play at the World Lacrosse Championships clearly established the Americans as the team to beat.
The defending champion Americans (2-0) won with a dominating second quarter in which they outscored Canada 7-0 -- with each goal scored by a different player -- to take a 12-4 lead at the half.
Only four players scored for Canada (1-1). Three goals from Paul Gait kept the score close in the first quarter, and two goals each from Paul and Gary Gait fueled a five-goal rally in the fourth. Despite their fourth-quarter production, however, the Gaits were on the field for long stretches and were visibly tired as early as the second quarter.
The U.S. team's defense was a big factor, as Seaman, the coach at Johns Hopkins, cited its "good pressure and unbelievable intensity" and praised the play of goalie Larry Quinn (Johns Hopkins).
The U.S. team also got excellent faceoff production from Chris Flynn and Ryan Wade (Severn). Game MVP Wade added two goals. John Tucker (Curley; Gilman coach), Kevin Cook, Mark Millon and Mike Morrill (St. Paul's; Johns Hopkins) also had two goals each.
The United States next plays tomorrow against Australia, which has beaten the Iroquois Nationals and England.