News | 7/19/2010 11:00:26 AM | Erin Pollina
USA 12, CAN 10 (JULY 24) -- FINALS
Team Canada’s run at defending their title came to an end on Saturday at the hands of their rivals - The United States.The Americans staged an upset with a 12-10 win to claim their seventh World Championship in Manchester.
After exchanging goals through the first half, USA attained an 8-4 lead at halftime with a four-goal surge in the second quarter. Canada responded by shutting out the Americans in the third quarter to tie it up at 8-8 heading into the final frame.
The teams exchanged goals for a 9-9 score before Canada took a 10-9 lead midway through the quarter. After that, USA pulled away. Ned Crotty provided the game-tying and game winning goal in the waning minutes to seal the win.
CAN 15, AUS 6 (JULY 22) -- SEMIFINALS
Team Canada will defend their title, heading to the Championship game after a 15-6 semifinal victory over Australia. Geoff Snider scored three times to lead the way while Mark Steenhuis added a goal and an assist. Canada claimed gold in the previous tournament in 2006 on home turf. They will play the winner of the U.S.-Japan semifinal game on Saturday, July 24.
CAN 17, ENG 6 (JULY 20)
Team Canada stayed perfect through the last day of round-robin play, defeating England 17-6 and advancing to the next round with a 5-0 record. Mark Steenhuis added two assists in the effort. Canada has a bye on Wednesday, before playing in the semi-finals on Thursday.
CAN 23, GER 4 (JULY 19)
Germany may have struck first blood, but after that it was entirely Canada's game. Dan Dawson scored six times and Garrett Billings had four goals to give Canada it's fourth consecutive win - a 23-4 victory over the Germans. Mark Steenhuis recorded an assist in the effort. Canada remains in first place of the Blue Group in the tournament.
CAN 19, AUS 5 (JULY 18)
Team Canada took a staggering nine-goal lead before Australia finally got on the board; which proved to be too much for the Aussies to overcome. Mark Steenhuis notched a goal and an assist in the contest as Canada improved to a 3-0 record.
CAN 10, USA 9 (JULY 17)
The United States and Canada battled to the end, but it was the North that finished on top of a 10-9 contest. The squads tied the score four different times before Canada finally pulled away in the waning minutes of regulation. Billy Dee Smith produced his first goal of the tournament in the win.
CAN 17, JPN 4 (JULY 16)
Team Canada opened the tournament in favorable fashion, claiming a convincing 17-4 win over Japan. After falling to a 1-0 deficit, Canada's Mark Steenhuis net his first of two goals on the night to tie the game. Canada never looked back, scoring seven unanswered goals in the third quarter to seal the win.
The 2010 FIL World Lacrosse Championship is a tournament comprising 30 countries and is played every four years. This year's WLC is in Manchester, England beginning July 15 and ending July 24 as Buffalo Bandits' representatives Mark Steenhuis and Billy Dee Smith battle with Team Canada to defend the Gold. For the full schedule and results, click here.