Canada advances to semifinals of 2018 World Men’s Lacrosse Championship

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Team Canada is in the semifinals of the 2018 World Men’s Lacrosse Championship¬†in Netanya, Israel. On Tuesday, Canada trounced Australia 13-7 to guarantee themselves a second place spot in the Blue Division. At four wins and one loss at the World Championship so far, Team Canada will not have to play in the quarterfinals and will await the winner of Puerto Rico and Team Iroquois in the semifinals.

Kevin Crowley of New Westminster, British Columbia led Canada with four points. He had one goal and three assists. Canadians with two goals were Curtis Dickson of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Mark Matthews of Oshawa, Ontario and Ben McIntosh of Coquitlam, British Columbia. Matthews and McIntosh also added two assists for three points.

Two other Canadians had a multi-point game. Wesley Berg of Coquitlam, British Columbia and Josh Byrne of New Westminster, British Columbia notched one goal and one assist for two points. Other Canadians with one goal were Mark Cockerton of Oshawa, Ontario, Tre Leclaire of Surrey, British Columbia, Ian MacKay of Port Elgin, Ontario and Jeffrey Teat of Brampton, Ontario.

Even though Canada is in the semifinals, they are not the favourite to win the tournament. The favourites are the United States, who beat Canada 11-10 in pool play and have won nine of the 12 world championships overall. The Americans will play the winner of Australia and the host Israel in the semifinals.

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