Ned Crotty scored on a back-handed shot with 5:46 remaining in the fourth quarter as the United States team outlasted Canada 12-10 today for the championship of the Federation of International Lacrosse World Games in Manchester, England.
Crotty’s goal snapped a 10-10 tie. Team USA got an insurance goal on an empty netter by Mike Leveille with 1:12 remaining.
Canada had taken its first lead earlier in the fourth quarter when Zack Greer scored to make it 9-8. The U.S. tied it at 9-9 on a goal by Brendan Mundorf with 12:15 remaining. Canada then took a 10-9 lead when John Grant Jr. scored his third goal of the game from in close at the 9:50 mark. The U.S. tied it at 10-10 when Crotty scored with 8:32 to go off a nice feed by Paul Rabil from behind the cage. Rabil, a midfielder, was named the tournament MVP. He was joined on the all-World team by teammates Mundorf (attack), Leveille (attack), Max Seibald (midfield), Kyle Sweeney (defense) and Ryan McClay (defense).
The U.S. team started strong, jumping out to an early 3-0 lead before extending the advantage to 8-4 at halftime.
It was the USA team’s ninth World Lacrosse Championship. The U.S. fell to Canada 15-10 in the 2006 title game. Canada had picked up a win over the U.S. in this years event, edging the U.S. 10-9 on July 17.
The World team includes several players from the Hudson Valley/Long Island/Connecticut region,including former Mahopac and Cornell standout McClay, whose wife, Laura, back home in the states, gave birth to their first child, 6-pound, 8-ounce Lilly Elizabeth this past Wednesday. For more on that, click here.
Army head coach Joe Alberici is an assistant on the U.S. team under head coach Mike Pressler.
The 2014 World Games will be played in Denver.
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