U.S. Wins Lax Gold Over Canada
On Saturday, the U.S. lacrosse team beat Canada, 12-10, to bring the gold medal back to the States. The U.S. came out strong early, taking a 3-2 lead at the end of the first 20 minutes (international games are played in four 20-minute running time quarters), and held an 8-4 lead at the half.
Canada jumped out of the lockerroom, outscoring USA 4-0 in the third quarter to tie the game at 8 heading into the final frame. Zack Greer gave Canada their first lead of the game, 9-8, with 17 minutes left. The teams traded goals and Canada led 10-9 with 9:56 left in regulation. Just over a minute later, Ned Crotty got a feed from Mike Leveille, and fired a low-to-low shot to tie the game at 10. Less than three minutes later, Crotty found the back of the cage again. As he was falling down, Crotty took a bounce shot that beat Canadian goalie Chris Sanderson just under the crossbar. (Guess that dinner at Don Giovani’s really paid off.)
Paul Rabil led the way for Team USA with 3 goals and was named the MVP of the tournament. Mike Leveille also scored 3 goals in the gold-medal game. In goal, Brian Dougherty had 15 saves and FOGO Alex Smith was 11-of-22 on face-offs.
And the Iriquois National Team? Never made it farther than JFK airport.