NETANYA, ISRAEL –Matt Danowski scored two goals to help the United States to a thrilling 11-10 victory over rival Canada to remain unbeaten in pool play at the 2018 FIL World Championships in Netanya, Israel. The win pushes the U.S. to 3-0 overall.
Paul Rabil ripped home the game-winning goal with just 1:10 remaining in the contest to give the United States the 11-10 victory over Canada.
"That was as good of a lacrosse game as I've ever been involved in," said U.S. team head coach John Danowski. "But we all know, it's only game number three."
U.S. goalie John Galloway got off to a red-hot start with five first quarter saves and the U.S. had early leads of 2-0, 4-1 and 6-2 before Canada started chipping away.
Canada dominated possession towards the end of the first half with Ben McIntosh and Jeff Teat scoring goals before halftime to cut the U.S. lead to 6-4.
The U.S. extended its lead back to three to start the third quarter, but Canada scored five of the next seven goals to tie the game 9-9 with 8:15 remaining. Team USA fell behind for the first time at the 74:50 mark of the game before the United States took over in the final five minutes for the win.
Danowski had one goal in the first half to put the United States up 3-1. The Duke assistant coach also provided the tying goal with 3:04 remaining in fourth quarter off an assist from Rabil.
Jordan Wolf, one of the four former Blue Devils playing for Team USA, also chipped in a goal. Will Haus picked up a ground ball as he helped the U.S. hold off Canada in the final five minutes and allow the United States to rally for the win.
In addition to the six Blue Devils representing Team USA, former Duke standout Taylor Wray was on the sideline as a defensive coordinator for Canada.
The U.S. will play for the third straight day when it meets Scotland at 9:45 p.m. (local time). The game will be streamed on ESPN+ at 2:45 p.m. ET.