COMMERCE CITY, COLO.—Former Blue Devil lacrosse players shined tonight in the semifinal games of the Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships as the United States and Canada both advanced to the gold medal game.
David Lawson and Ned Crotty had a big hand in helping the U.S. squad remain undefeated as they combined for eight goals and two assists in the easy 22-3 victory over Australia at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Lawson finished with a game-high four goals and two assists, while Crotty dropped in a pair of tallies.
The United States jumped out to a 7-0 lead and never looked back. The red, white and blue are 6-0 in the tournament and will play Canada for the gold medal Saturday at 9 p.m. (EDT) on ESPNU. The U.S. defeated Canada 10-7 to kick off the action just one week ago.
Lawson owns 13 goals and six assists in the six outings, while Crotty has nine goals and four assists for 13 points.
In the other semifinal featuring Canada versus Iroquois Nationals, former Blue Devil Zack Greer had a goal, three ground balls and one caused turnover.
The Iroquois jumped out to a narrow 4-2 lead before Canada scored seven unanswered to gain a 9-4 advantage to start the fourth quarter. Greer capped the 7-0 run with a man-up goal just 1:09 into the final frame.
The gold medal game also will feature a pair of former Blue Devils lining up against each other on the sideline. Kevin Cassese is an assistant coach for Team USA, while Taylor Wray is on the Canadian coaching staff.
The United States defeated Canada in the 2010 championship game with Crotty scoring the game-winning goal.