U.S. routs England to reach world final


MANCHESTER, England -- Just as it had in Tuesday night's round-robin victory over England, the U.S. men's lacrosse team dominated all aspects of play in last night's semifinal rematch in the World Lacrosse Championships. The resulting 25-3 win earned the defending champions a berth in the final tomorrow.

There they will face Australia, which upset Canada, 18-17, in yesterday's first semifinal. The Australian win avenged a 19-11 loss to Canada on Tuesday.

The United States beat Australia, 14-12, in the mud Sunday.

As on Tuesday, England struggled to clear the ball against an aggressive ride by the United States. Frequent turnovers led to long stretches of U.S. possession, and few real challenges to the U.S. goalkeepers.

England scored the game's first goal on a two-on-one break with U.S. goalie Larry Quinn staring into the setting sun. By the time England scored again with six minutes left in the third quarter, the U.S. lead was 15-1.

Game MVP Mike Morrill led the U.S. scoring with six goals, Bill Miller had four, and Lindsay Dixon and Kevin Cook each scored three.

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