Placement Games Dot FIL Worlds Penultimate Day
As the second to last day of the FIL World Championship closes, all but the top six positions have been decided, as 7th-36th place were sorted out in action throughout the day Friday following Thursday's 37th-38th finale between Colombia and Costa Rica.
Israel is this year's highest finisher outside of the Blue Division contests decided tomorrow, finishing a 6-2 debut at the event with a 15-10 victory over Japan in the afternoon - a contest moved earlier in the day to accomodate the team's desire to get its game in prior to sundown and the Jewish Sabbath. Germany, 6th place in Manchester four years ago, earned a win over Ireland to claim 9th place.
Saturday's action kicks off at 11 a.m. (MT) with Scotland and England battling for 5th place, followed at 2 p.m. by Australia and the Iroquois Nationals in the bronze game. The final between Canada and the United States is set for a 7 p.m. start at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Tickets are available starting at $35 as nearly two weeks of wall-to-wall lacrosse action comes to a close.
|Israel rallied from a halftime deficit to take 7th place with a 15-10 win over Japan. Click on the photo to read more about that contest. (Scott McCall)|
7th Place – Israel 15, Japan 10
Israel trailed Japan 5-4 at the half, but then outscored them 5-0 in the third quarter and added the first two goals of the fourth quarter to key a 15-10 win. Israel, playing in its first FIL World Championship, finished seventh.
Ari Sussman scored three of his game-high five goals during Israel's seven-goal scoring run and Kyle Bergman added three goals and two assists. Henry Altschuler played nearly three quarters and made nine saves while allowing just three goals.
Waturo Tsugu and Mikisuke Sekine each had three goals for Japan and Keisuke Ando made 15 saves.
9th Place - Germany vs. Ireland
Germany wrapped up a ninth place finish as goalie Philipp Maas made 11 saves in an 8-6 victory over Ireland. Ireland scored the first two goals of the game, but Germany then ripped off four straight goals and Ireland never regained the lead.
Simon Giourmetakis led Germany with three goals, two of them extra man, and Wolfgang Griessl added two. Chris Mattes also came in late in the game and won four critical faceoffs down the stretch. Brian Gillis had three goals for Ireland and Tom Riley had a goal and an assist.
11th Place – Sweden vs. New Zealand
After trailing 4-2 after one quarter, Sweden went on a five-goal run that spanned more than 52 minutes, leading them to an 8-6 victory over New Zealand. Sweden earned 11th place while New Zealand's 12th place finish was its best in four trips to the world championships. Sweden finished 10th in 2010.
Sten Jernudd led Sweden with three goals, including the final two of Sweden's key scoring run, and Kevin Powers added two goals. Edward Roberts led New Zealand with two goals and John Clayton had a goal and two assists.
13th Place – Finland 11, Czech Republic 7
Finland held the Czech Republic to just one goal in the first 42 minutes of the game, jumping out to a 6-1 lead and held on for an 11-7 victory to earn 13th place in the world championship.
Jarno Aaltonen had three goals for Finland and Rob Griffith added two goals and two assists. Lauri Uusitalo made three saves while allowing just one goal in the first half and Hayden Johnstone made 10 saves in the second half for Finland. Pavel Dosley led the Czech Republic with two goals and two assists and Jonathan Munk added two goals while winning 15-of-20 faceoffs.
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15th Place – Netherlands vs. Switzerland
Switzerland dug out of an early 4-1 hole and defeated the Netherlands 9-6 to finish in 15th place, an eight-slot improvement over their showing at the 2010 FIL World Championship in Manchester, England.
Switzerland's Tyson Ehinger made seven saves in the first three quarters of action, and Dominik Guntensperg closed it out making four saves while allowing just one goal in the final quarter. Luis Zurkirchen, Joni Schreiber and Juan Schmid all had two goals for Switzerland.
Scott Janssen led the Netherlands with four goals and James van de Veerdonk won 14-of-17 faceoffs.
A moment of silence was observed before the game for the nearly 200 Dutch citizens that died on Malaysia Flight 17 on Thursday.
17th place – Wales 18, Italy 6
Paul Simpson had four goals and two assists and Eoin Dunne contributed three goals and two assists as Wales finished 17th with an 18-6 win over Italy. Rhodri Stanford won 12-of-15 faceoffs for Wales and James Richardson and Kyle McAllister combined for 10 saves.
John St. John had a goal and three assists for Italy and he finished the tournament with 17 assists, among the event leaders. Steven Whitford also had two goals and an assist.
19th Place – Latvia 17, Poland 7
Christopher Zarins and Eli Lasda each scored four goals and Gints Gutmanis made 13 saves as Latvia pulled away for a 17-7 victory over Poland to finish in 19th place. Latvia led 6-3 and then scored the first three goals of the second half to gain control. Larry Cerais led Poland with three goals and Michael Poch (13-of-16) and Michal Bucki (7-of-10) did most of the work to help Poland win the faceoff battle 20 to 7.
21st Place – Hong Kong 10, Turkey 4
A 5-1 halftime lead proved too much for Turkey to overcome as Hong Kong improved to one placement from its 2010 performance in the victory over the newcomers. Van Stenbergh had a hat trick and Jay Wich had a pair of goals for Hong Kong, which got a 13 save game from goalie Wai Kwan Wong to keep Turkey off the board. Tyler Rinko had a hat-trick for Turkey and goalie Jacob Adoni made 10 saves, but it wasn't enough.
23rd Place – Mexico 12 Bermuda 8
Four goals from Joe Vila and two goals and three assists from Mike Vila helped Mexico finish strong in 23rd place after finishing last among the 29 nations four years ago in Manchester, England. Up by a goal at halftime, Mexico went on a 5-0 run in the third to put this one out of reach. Axkana Patraca (2G, 1A) and Kevin Katerndahl (2G) also had solid performances for Mexico, while goalie Alex Gastony made ten saves. Bermuda got a 14-for-17 game and 13 ground balls from Drew Jenkins facing off and James Chiappa had a hat trick, but couldn't come back after that third quarter run.
25th Place – Norway 14, Slovakia 3
A strong defensive effort anchored by nine saves from goalkeeper Erlend Hoel helped Norway capture this one over Slovakia, which they outshot 42-17 and kept off the board entirely in the first and fourth quarters. Lars Ryyst had three goals and two assists to lead Norway, while Jesper Norman Hjorth scored four goals. Slovakia got a goal each from Boris Seversky, Bradley Vrecko and Samuel Futrovsky in the loss.
|Julian Cook scored the game-winner for Belgium in a thrilling one-goal win over Austria in the 27th-place game. (Scott McCall)|
27th Place – Belgium 7, Austria 6
Julian Cook scored the game-winning goal with just a minute left on the clock off a feed from Tibor Van den Wildenberg to help Belgium to a strong finish in its first World Championship. Matt Taylor made 16 saves to help keep the contest within reach for Belgium, with Van den Wildenberg leading with a goal and three helpers, Brendan Murphy with a pair of goals and an assist and Diego Spillebeen adding two others. Klaus Hauer had a hat-trick for Austria but his team couldn't pull ahead in the contest despite tying it at two, three, five and six goals each in a see-saw battle.
29th Place – Thailand 12, Spain 6
Colton McCaffery scored six goals as Thailand completed its first FIL championship with a 4-4 record after beating Spain 12-6 to finish in 29th place.
McCaffery finished the tournament with 30 goals and he scored twice and assisted on another as Thailand opened up a 5-0 lead after the first quarter. Reed Barbe added two goals and two assists and Pongprapat Suriyodom and Ben Brown combined for 13 saves.
Danny de la Casa led Spain with three goals and Fernando Martinez won 14-of-20 faceoffs.
31st Place – France 15, Russia 7
Felix DeClercq and Kevin Bertrand each scored four goals as France defeated Russia 15-7 to capture 31st place. France led 3-2 after one quarter and then broke things open by scoring seven goals in the second quarter. France's Alex Andrup won 18-of-22 faceoffs. Eugene Arkhipov led Russia with four goals and Jordan Friedman had three.
33rd Place – China 14, Uganda 7
Tyler Buchan scored eight goals, giving him a tournament-leading 35, as China knocked off Uganda 14-7 to claim 33rd place. Buchan, who had nine goals in a win over Korea yesterday, scored three times in the first quarter to stake China to an early 5-1 lead it never relinquished.
Matthew Bailey added a goal and three assists for China and Harrison Zhu made 15 saves. Jaffari Makanda led Uganda with five goals.
35th Place – Korea 10, Argentina 7
Korea scored three straight goals in the final five plus minutes to beat Argentina 10-7 and claim 35th place. Argentina's Mariano Nakada tied the game 7-7 midway through the fourth, but then Jae Chun Lee (5:09), Hunyoung Lee (1:04) and Sung Mo Ku (0:29) scored down the stretch for Korea.
Bumsuck You led Korea with four goals Kihun Kim ade 10 saves for the win. Zach Kahn had four goals for Argentina and Michael Gvozden made 12 saves.
37th Place – Colombia 11, Costa Rica 4
Colombia earned its first victory of the tournament in its finale, running to a big halftime lead and coming away with 37th place over Costa Rica. Timothy Drumtra and Julian Gomez each had a hat-trick for Colombia, with Drumtra also assisting on a pair. Cam Scully-Ramirez went 9-for-12 at the X to aid the victory as well. For Costa Rica, Austin Colish, Carson Jones, Sean Sanborn and R. Barrantes Bran had goals.
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