NETANYA, Israel – With an off day for Team USA and Team Canada, only a pair of Blue Devils were in action today in the quarterfinals of the 2018 FIL World Championships. JT Giles-Harris suited up for Puerto Rico and Josh Offit ’13 for host Israel.
Both teams suffered their first losses of the tournament as Puerto Rico fell to Iroquois Nationals 14-7 and Israel to Australia, 9-6.
Puerto Rico vs. Iroquois Nationals
Facing its most challenging test yet in the talented group from the Iroquois Nationals, Puerto Rico got off to a good start, leading 3-0 after the first quarter. The Iroquois quickly bounced back in the second period and it was a 4-4 game midway through the stanza.
The back and forth battle continued into the third quarter with the score tied 5-5. Iroquois Nationals, riding the talents of the Thompson trio on offense, garnered their first lead of the evening at 7-6. They continued to extend it en route to the 14-7 triumph and berth in the semifinals against Canada.
Giles-Harris often found himself matched up against Lyle Thompson, who finished the night with one goal and two assists.
Puerto Rico will play England Thursday at 2:45 p.m.
Israel vs. Australia
Behind a goal and an assist in the first half from Offit, Israel built a 4-3 halftime lead over Australia. The 2013 Duke team captain added another tally in the third, but Australia started to find its offensive rhythm in jumping in front 8-5 with 20 minutes left to play.
Australia added one more goal in the fourth quarter, but held Israel to only one goal in the period and just two in the second half overall.
Israel will face Japan Thursday at 11:45 a.m.
The United States will face Australia in the semifinal tomorrow at 2 p.m. The U.S. beat the Aussies 19-1 in the pool play game. The game will be televised live by ESPNU.
Canada will face the Iroquois Nationals at 11 a.m. (ET) on ESPNu.