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U.S. team clinches top seed for world semifinals


PERTH, Australia - Ryan Boyle, Steve Dusseau and Doug Shanahan each scored three goals to help the United States bounce Canada, 14-9, and clinch the top seed in the semifinals of the International Lacrosse Federation world championship yesterday at UWA Sports Park.

The United States (3-0), which defeated Canada, 15-14, in overtime to win the 1998 world championships in Baltimore, jumped out to a 4-2 lead after the first quarter, thanks to three goals by Dusseau.

The United States maintained at least a two-goal lead before blowing the game open in the third quarter, outscoring the Canadians 6-0 to take a 13-5 lead.

Canada (2-1) was assessed 12 penalties in the third quarter and played a man down almost throughout. In a game that featured ejections, the Canadians, who were the pre-tournament favorites, had 29 penalities to the Americans' nine.

Darren Lowe added a goal and four assists for the Americans, and Scott Doyle had two goals. Trevor Tierney and Chris LaMonica combined for 15 saves.

Paul Gait led Canada with three goals, and John Grant Jr. added two.

The Americans wrap up pool play today against England. They will then play in the semifinal round on Friday against the winner of a play-in game between the fourth-place team in the Blue Division and the first-place team from the Red Division.

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