Canada defeated England 12-6 on Friday in their first game of the 2018 World Men’s Lacrosse Championship in Netyana, Israel. Team Canada is in a group of six teams in the blue division, with the top two teams advancing to the semifinals.
Jeffrey Teat of Brampton, Ontario and Mark Matthews of Oshawa, Ontario each led Team Canada with five points. Teat had three goals and two assists and Matthews had one goal and four assists. Curtis Dickson of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia also notched a hat trick as he had three goals and one assist for four points. Dickson and Matthews both play for Canadian teams in the National Lacrosse League. Dickson plays for the Calgary Roughnecks and Matthews plays for the Saskatchewan Rush.
Joshua Byrne of New Westminster, British Columbia also scored twice for Team Canada while three other Canadians scored once. They were Tyson Bell and Latrell Harris of St. Catharines, Ontario, and Jake Withers of Peterborough, Ontario,
Overall, there are 46 teams competing at the World Men’s Lacrosse Championship. Canada is in a group that also includes the United States, Iroquois Nation, Scotland, England and Australia.
In other lacrosse news, Coquitlam, British Columbia will be the host city for the 2022 World Men’s Lacrosse Championship, This will be the fourth time that the World Men’s Lacrosse Championship is in Canada. Toronto, Ontario was the host in 1967 and 1986 and London, Ontario was the host in 2006.