COMMERCE CITY, COLO.—Former Duke University men’s lacrosse players Zack Greer and Taylor Wray helped lead the Canadian Men’s Lacrosse National Team to the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse Championship Saturday night. Canada defeated the unbeaten United States 8-5 in front of 11,861 fans at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
Greer, a 2008 Duke graduate, suited up for the red and white, while Wray, the current head coach at Saint Joseph’s, helped lead the charge as an assistant coach. Greer finished with two ground balls in the game and finished the tournament with six goals and three assists en route to the gold medal.
Canada held the United States scoreless for the first 23:41, but led just 2-1 early in the second quarter. However, the Canadian’s stifling defense and play between the pipes by Dillon Ward held the U.S. to just two goals through three quarters. Leading 7-2 after three periods, Canada’s Mark Matthews added an eighth goal just 47 seconds into the final frame to virtually seal the victory.
The United States made a late push with three goals in five minutes, but could not get any closer as Canada closed out the final 6:24 for top honors for the second time in the previous two FIL events.
David Lawson and Ned Crotty were members of Team USA, while former Blue Devil Kevin Cassese was on the sidelines as an assistant coach. Lawson was named to the All-World Team for Team USA after finishing with 13 goals and six assists in the seven games.