NETANYA, Israel – The United States is headed to the championship game of the Federation of International Lacrosse Men's World Championship after beating Australia 14-5 in the semifinals on Thursday night at the Wingate Institute. The U.S., under the leadership of Duke head coach John Danowski, will look to avenge the loss to Canada in the 2014 gold medal game.
The title game will feature five Blue Devils for Team USA - John Danowski, Ned Crotty, Matt Danowski, Will Haus and Jordan Wolf - and one for Canada in former defenseman Taylor Wray.
The U.S. will meet Canada in the championship game on Saturday at 10 a.m. local time (3 a.m. Eastern), and the game will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Canada defeated the Iroquois Nationals 15-4 in the other semifinal, getting 13 saves from red-hot goalie Dillon Ward. Wray is an assistant coach for Canada, serving as the defensive coordinator.
Among the four former Blue Devils on Team USA, Jordan Wolf led the way in the points column with a goal and two assists. Matt Danowski added a goal and an assist, while Ned Crotty had one tally. Will Haus, in helping hold Australia to five goals and only one in the second half, picked up two ground balls and was instrumental throughout in the clearing game.
Australia came out strong in the second meeting with the U.S., keeping the game tied 2-2 after the first quarter. The red, white and blue started the second with three unanswered, but the Aussies responded with a pair to keep the difference at just one, 5-4. Wolf and John Haus added goals late in the period to give the U.S. the 7-4 halftime lead.
The second half was all Team USA as they opened up the game en route to the nine-goal victory.
"It was a little bit off tonight I thought, but some of that has to do with your opponent," said U.S. team head coach John Danowski. "You tip your cap to opponent, but as they say, it's win and advance."
Israel – Josh Offit
Israel fell behind 3-1 in the opening quarter and trailed 6-2 late in the first half before making a comeback that ultimately fell just short in a 10-9 setback to Japan. Offit, a reliable source for a couple goals a game, was held scoreless for the first time in the tournament.
Israel will take on Puerto Rico, which features current Blue Devil JT Giles-Harris, tomorrow at 10 a.m. (ET).
Puerto Rico – JT Giles-Harris
One day removed from a solid showing against the high-powered offense of the Iroquois Nationals, Puerto Rico suffered another setback with an 11-4 loss to England. Blue Devil defenseman JT Giles-Harris picked up three ground balls.
Puerto Rico and Giles-Harris finish off the tournament tomorrow, Friday, July 20, against Israel for seventh place. Giles-Harris will see former Blue Devil Josh Offit in the midfield for Israel. Faceoff is set for 10 a.m., (ET).