NETANYA, Israel – It was Ned Crotty leading the Blue Devil contingent in a dominant 19-2 victory for Team USA over England to close out pool play. Crotty finished the day with two goals and two assists. He now has five goals in the tournament.
England opened the game’s scoring, but the U.S. rattled off 13 straight for a 13-1 lead in the third quarter. Matt Danowski and Jordan Wolf both added two assists apiece, while Will Haus picked up two ground balls and helped anchor the defense that allowed just two goals for the second straight game. Wolf also had four ground balls.
"Words can't describe the amount of fun this is, and how these guys have really bought into the vision we have of building a team," said U.S. team head coach John Danowski. "I already have separation anxiety. On Monday when we get home, I'm going to miss these guys. I'm going to miss the coaches, I'm going to miss the support staff, I'm going to miss the players.
"It's very quick, but incredibly intense. Not a lot of sleep, but it doesn't matter. You wake up every day in a great mood because it's game day and you're with an incredible group of men and women."
The United States, 5-0 after pool play, have outscored its opponents 84-24 in the five games and allowed double digit goals just once in the 11-10 win over Canada. Team USA, led by John Galloway in goal, sports a 4.80 goals against average.
After playing five games in six days, the U.S. will get a much needed day of rest before playing in the semifinal Thursday at 2 p.m., (ET). The top seed in the Blue Division, Team USA will have to wait to see whether it plays Australia or Israel in the semifinal.
Former Blue Devil Taylor Wray and Team Canada played lockdown defense in the second half to score a 13-7 victory over Australia in its final pool play game. With Canada holding a narrow 7-5 edge after 40 minutes of action, the U.S. rival held the Aussies to only two goals in the final two quarters.
Josh Offit registered a hat trick on five shots to help Israel to yet another convincing victory. The host country upended Ireland 16-4 to remain unbeaten in the championship. Israel will face arguably its toughest test in the opening playoff round against Australia. Faceoff is Wednesday, July 18 at 2 p.m., (ET). The winner of that game will play the United States in the semifinal game
Team Puerto Rico
Celebrating his 20th birthday, JT Giles-Harris provided the anchor again to lift Puerto Rico to a 14-9 win over Japan. The victory pushes the undefeated Puerto Rico squad into a playoff game against Iroquois Nationals tomorrow, July 18. Faceoff is at 11 a.m., with the winner advancing to play Canada in the semifinal.