2014 World Lacrosse Championship

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2014 World Lacrosse Championship
2014 World Lacrosse Championship Logo.png
Tournament details
Host country  United States
Dates July 10–19
Teams 38
Venue(s) Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, Colorado
Final positions
Gold Gold medal blank.svg  Canada (3rd title)
Silver Silver medal blank.svg  United States
Bronze Bronze medal blank.svg  Iroquois
Fourth place  Australia
MVP Canada Dillon Ward
2010
2018

The 2014 World Lacrosse Championship was held July 10–19 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park outside Denver, Colorado. 38 nations played 142 games in this international men's lacrosse championship tournament organized by the Federation of International Lacrosse. Nine nations—Belgium, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Israel, Russia, Thailand, Turkey, and Uganda—all competed in the event for the first time.[1]

In the championship game on July 19, Canada captured its third gold medal by upsetting the United States 8–5 in front of 11,861 fans.[2] Canadian goalie Dillon Ward was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player after he made 10 saves in the championship game, becoming the first goalie to ever receive the honor.[3]

The Iroquois Nationals finished third by defeating Australia 16–5 in the bronze medal game. It marked the first time the Iroquois earned a medal at the World Lacrosse Championship, as well as the first time the Australians failed to earn a medal since 1974.[4]

US Lacrosse, the national host, organized a lacrosse festival for boys' and men's lacrosse teams to play alongside the world championships. Players from around the world competed in 11 age divisions from U11 to 60-and-over.[5]

Pool Play[edit]

For pool play, participating nations were separated into nine divisions. The countries with the top six rankings—Australia, Canada, England, Iroquois, Japan, and the United States—competed in the Blue Division, where the top two teams advanced to the semifinals and the next two teams advanced to the quarterfinals. In the other divisions, each first through fourth place teams were placed in first through fourth play-in brackets.

Blue Division[edit]

After not competing in the 2010 tournament in England due to passport issues, the Iroquois Nationals had to appeal to the FIL to play in the elite Blue Division, usually reserved for the top six teams from the previous championship. After originally placing Germany in the Blue Division, the FIL granted the Iroquios' appeal in 2013.[6]

Team USA coasted through the Blue Division games, only tested by Canada's early 3-0 lead in the opening game of the tournament. But the U.S. scored the next eight goals and ended up putting away their strongest rival 10-7. Canada also easily defeated the lower ranked teams, but needed a goal from Curtis Dickson with 19 seconds remaining to beat the Iroquois Nationals 9-8.[7]

Iroquois, Australia, Japan, and England played several close games for the right to get to the championship bracket. Japan lost a double-overtime game vs Australia but won in overtime over England.

Team Pld W L GF GA GD
 United States 5 5 0 85 23 +62 Advanced to
Semifinals
 Canada 5 4 1 71 28 +43
 Iroquois 5 3 2 64 50 +14 Advanced to
Quarterfinals
 Australia 5 2 3 45 60 -15
 Japan 5 1 4 41 91 -50 Advanced to
5th-8th bracket
 England 5 0 5 27 81 -54
10 July 2014
United States  10–7  Canada
11 July 2014
Australia  14–13 (2OT)  Japan
England  4–15  Iroquois
12 July 2014
Japan  9–24  Iroquois
Australia  7–16  United States
Canada  23–3  England
13 July 2014
United States  21–3  Japan
Iroquois  8–9  Canada
England  7–10  Australia
14 July 2014
Japan  3–20  Canada
England  1–20  United States
Iroquois  12–10  Australia
15 July 2014
England  12–13 (OT)  Japan
Iroquois  5–18  United States
Australia  4–12  Canada

Green Division[edit]

Team Pld W L GF GA GD
Netherlands Netherlands 3 2 1 44 24 +20
Italy Italy 3 2 1 40 28 +12
Norway Norway 3 2 1 41 28 +13
China China 3 0 3 12 57 -45
11 July 2014
Netherlands Netherlands 19–4 China China
Italy Italy 14–9 Norway Norway
12 July 2014
Norway Norway 12–11 (OT) Netherlands Netherlands
China China 5–18 Italy Italy
13 July 2014
Netherlands Netherlands 14–8 Italy Italy
China China 3–20 Norway Norway

Grey Division[edit]

Team Pld W L GF GA GD
Czech Republic Czech Republic 3 3 0 39 12 +27
Poland Poland 3 2 1 40 17 +23
Turkey Turkey 3 1 2 21 23 -2
Costa Rica Costa Rica 3 0 3 4 52 -48
11 July 2014
Czech Republic Czech Republic 12–3 Turkey Turkey
Poland Poland 23–1 Costa Rica Costa Rica
12 July 2014
Turkey Turkey 7–9 Poland Poland
Costa Rica Costa Rica 1–18 Czech Republic Czech Republic
13 July 2014
Czech Republic Czech Republic 9–8 Poland Poland
Turkey Turkey 11–2 Costa Rica Costa Rica

Orange Division[edit]

Pld W L GF GA GD
Israel Israel 3 3 0 55 8 +47
Sweden Sweden 3 2 1 43 33 +10
Slovakia Slovakia 3 1 2 26 41 -15
South Korea Korea 3 0 3 13 55 -42
11 July 2014
Sweden Sweden 4–19 Israel Israel
Slovakia Slovakia 15–6 South Korea Korea
12 July 2014
Korea South Korea 5–21 Sweden Sweden
Israel Israel 17–2 Slovakia Slovakia
13 July 2014
Israel Israel 19–2 South Korea Korea
Sweden Sweden 18–9 Slovakia Slovakia

Plum Division[edit]

Team Pld W L GF GA GD
New Zealand New Zealand 3 3 0 48 12 +36
Wales Wales 3 2 1 26 17 +9
Russia Russia 3 1 2 12 28 -16
Argentina Argentina 3 0 3 6 35 -29
11 July 2014
Wales Wales 10–2 Russia Russia
New Zealand New Zealand 19–2 Argentina Argentina
12 July 2014
Wales Wales 11–2 Argentina Argentina
Russia Russia 5–16 New Zealand New Zealand
13 July 2014
Wales Wales 5–13 New Zealand New Zealand
Russia Russia 5–2 Argentina Argentina

Red Division[edit]

Pld W L GF GA GD
Germany Germany 3 3 0 53 8 +45
Hong Kong Hong Kong 3 2 1 26 42 -16
Austria Austria 3 1 2 28 34 -6
Belgium Belgium 3 0 3 14 37 -23
11 July 2014
Hong Kong Hong Kong 13–12 (OT) Austria Austria
Germany Germany 12–4 Belgium Belgium
12 July 2014
Austria Austria 2–20 Germany Germany
Hong Kong Hong Kong 11–9 Belgium Belgium
13 July 2014
Belgium Belgium 1–14 Austria Austria
Germany Germany 21–2 Hong Kong Hong Kong

Turquoise Division[edit]

Team Pld W L GF GA GD
Finland Finland 3 3 0 55 4 +51
Mexico Mexico 3 2 1 29 34 -5
Spain Spain 3 1 2 25 34 -9
Colombia Colombia 3 0 3 8 45 -37
11 July 2014
Finland Finland 19–0 Colombia Colombia
Spain Spain 10–14 Mexico Mexico
12 July 2014
Colombia Colombia 2–14 Spain Spain
Finland Finland 18–3 Mexico Mexico
13 July 2014
Colombia Colombia 6–12 Mexico Mexico
Finland Finland 18–1 Spain Spain

White Division[edit]

Team Pld W L GF GA GD
Scotland Scotland 3 3 0 61 16 +45
Switzerland Switzerland 3 2 1 27 32 -5
Latvia Latvia 3 1 2 26 38 -12
Thailand Thailand 3 0 3 21 49 -28
11 July 2014
Latvia Latvia 5–10 Switzerland Switzerland
Scotland Scotland 24–3 Thailand Thailand
12 July 2014
Switzerland Switzerland 6–20 Scotland Scotland
Thailand Thailand 11–14 Latvia Latvia
13 July 2014
Thailand Thailand 7–11 Switzerland Switzerland
Scotland Scotland 17–7 Latvia Latvia

Yellow Division[edit]

Team Pld W L GF GA GD
Republic of Ireland Ireland 3 3 0 53 11 +42
Bermuda Bermuda 3 2 1 28 26 +2
France France 3 1 2 21 33 -12
Uganda Uganda 3 0 3 8 40 -32
11 July 2014
Bermuda Bermuda 9–7 France France
Ireland Republic of Ireland 17–1 Uganda Uganda
12 July 2014
Uganda Uganda 5–14 Bermuda Bermuda
France France 5–22 Republic of Ireland Ireland
13 July 2014
Uganda Uganda 2–9 France France
Ireland Republic of Ireland 14–5 Bermuda Bermuda

Play-in brackets[edit]

Play-in games were played between the teams of all divisions except Blue.

First qualified teams[edit]

 
14 July15 July
 
      
 
 
 
 
Scotland Scotland 9
 
 
 
Finland Finland 6
 
Scotland Scotland 16
 
 
 
New Zealand New Zealand 12
 
Netherlands Netherlands 10
 
 
New Zealand New Zealand 14
 
Third place
 
 
 
 
 
Finland Finland 7
 
 
Netherlands Netherlands 6
 
14 July15 July
 
      
 
 
 
 
Germany Germany 9
 
 
 
Czech Republic Czech Republic 5
 
Germany Germany 1
 
 
 
Israel Israel 15
 
Republic of Ireland Ireland 9
 
 
Israel Israel 18
 
Third place
 
 
 
 
 
Czech Republic Czech Republic 10
 
 
Republic of Ireland Ireland 12
  • Scotland and Israel advanced to the quarterfinals.

Second qualified teams[edit]

 
14 July15 July
 
      
 
 
 
 
Switzerland Switzerland 12
 
 
 
Mexico Mexico 3
 
Switzerland Switzerland 7
 
 
 
Wales Wales 5
 
Italy Italy 7
 
 
Wales Wales 16
 
Third place
 
 
 
 
 
Mexico Mexico10
 
 
Italy Italy 18
 
14 July15 July
 
      
 
 
 
 
Hong Kong Hong Kong 4
 
 
 
Poland Poland 14
 
Poland Poland 3
 
 
 
Sweden Sweden 6
 
Bermuda Bermuda 4
 
 
Sweden Sweden 19
 
Third place
 
 
 
 
 
Hong Kong Hong Kong 15
 
 
Bermuda Bermuda 11

Third qualified teams[edit]

 
14 July15 July
 
      
 
 
 
 
Latvia Latvia 21
 
 
 
Spain Spain 3
 
Latvia Latvia 15
 
 
 
Norway Norway 8
 
Norway Norway 14
 
 
Russia Russia 7
 
Third place
 
 
 
 
 
Spain Spain 6
 
 
Russia Russia 11
 
14 July15 July
 
      
 
 
 
 
Austria Austria 2
 
 
 
Turkey Turkey 7
 
Turkey Turkey (OT) 6
 
 
 
Slovakia Slovakia 5
 
France France 6
 
 
Slovakia Slovakia 17
 
Third place
 
 
 
 
 
Austria Austria 15
 
 
France France 4

Fourth qualified teams[edit]

 
14 July15 July
 
      
 
 
 
 
Thailand Thailand 12
 
 
 
Colombia Colombia 3
 
Thailand Thailand 15
 
 
 
China China 10
 
China China 9
 
 
Argentina Argentina 7
 
Third place
 
 
 
 
 
Colombia Colombia 6
 
 
Argentina Argentina 13
 
14 July15 July
 
      
 
 
 
 
Belgium Belgium 18
 
 
 
Costa Rica Costa Rica 4
 
Belgium Belgium 10
 
 
 
Uganda Uganda 4
 
Uganda Uganda 10
 
 
South Korea Korea 9
 
Third place
 
 
 
 
 
Costa Rica Costa Rica 3
 
 
South Korea Korea 23

Championship bracket[edit]

After losing to the United States 10–7 in the first game of the tournament, Canada dominated the championship game. They played a deliberate, slow-down offense that is allowed under international rules, combined with strong defense, ground ball play, and goaltending.[8] Like in the first game, Canada jumped out to an early lead, 2–0 after the first quarter. Team USA managed only one goal in the first half, and only put 5 shots on net. At the half, Canada was up 3–1, with Kevin Crowley scoring all three Canadian goals. Crowley got two more in the second half to lead all scorers with 5 points. Canada played even better in the third quarter, scoring five straight goals to increase its lead to 8–2 in the first minutes of the final period. The U.S. added three goals at the end to make the final score 8–5, but they were never in the game in the fourth quarter. Tournament MVP Dillon Ward made 10 saves in goal for Canada. U.S. attackmen Kevin Leveille had three goals and Rob Pannell had three assists.[2][9]

In the third place game, the Iroquois Nationals easily defeated Australia 16–5 to earn their first medal in international men's field lacrosse. The team earned 4th place in the 1998, 2002, and 2006 tournaments but didn't compete in 2010.[10] The Thompson brothers – Jeremy, Hiana, Miles and Lyle – combined for six goals and five assists.[11]

Quarterfinals
16 July
Semifinals
17 July
Gold medal game
19 July
   
 Canada 12  
 Scotland 8  
 Iroquois 6    
 Iroquois 10  
   Canada 8
 
     United States 5
 United States 22
 Israel 8  
 Australia 3  
 Australia 9  
Bronze medal game
 
 Iroquois 16
 Australia 5

Classification brackets[edit]

5th to 8th place[edit]

Despite falling to rival England in the fifth-place game, Scotland earned its best-ever finish at the championships by placing sixth. The Scottish team defeated Japan in the previous contest, and are expected to replace the Japanese in the elite Blue Division at the next world championship tournament.[12]

Playing in its first-ever world championships, Israel very nearly duplicated Scotland's feat, twice narrowly falling in games that could have advanced the team into the Blue Division. After reaching the quarterfinals, the Israelis led Australia in the third quarter before dropping a tough 9-8 decision.[13] Then in a placement round game, Israel made a dramatic comeback to push England to overtime before suffering a 10-9 setback.[14] Israel finished seventh after defeating Blue Division squad Japan.

Play-in games
16 July
5th to 8th place games
17 July
5th place game
19 July
   
 Scotland (2OT) 10  
New Zealand New Zealand 8  
 Japan 9    
 Japan 17  
   Scotland 13
 
     England 15
 Israel 9
Germany Germany 3  
 England (OT) 10  
 England 15  
7th place game
 
 Japan 10
 Israel 15

9th to 12th Place[edit]

Play-in games
16 July
9th to 12th place games
17 July
9th place game
18 July
   
Germany Germany 13  
Sweden Sweden 8  
Sweden Sweden 10    
Finland Finland 4  
  Germany Germany 8
 
    Republic of Ireland Ireland 6
New Zealand New Zealand 10
Switzerland Switzerland 6  
Republic of Ireland Ireland 12  
Republic of Ireland Ireland 13  
11th place game
 
Sweden Sweden 8
New Zealand New Zealand 6

13th to 16th Place[edit]

 
13th to 16th place games
17 July
13th place game
18 July
 
      
 
 
 
 
Finland Finland 15
 
 
 
Netherlands Netherlands 6
 
Finland Finland 11
 
 
 
Czech Republic Czech Republic 7
 
Switzerland Switzerland 2
 
 
Czech Republic Czech Republic 8
 
15th place game
 
 
 
 
 
Netherlands Netherlands 6
 
 
Switzerland Switzerland 9

17th to 20th place[edit]

Play-in games
16 July
17th to 20th place games
17 July
17th place game
18 July
   
Poland Poland 14  
Turkey Turkey 3  
Italy Italy (2OT) 15    
Italy Italy 11  
  Italy Italy 6
 
    Wales Wales 18
Wales Wales (2OT) 16
Latvia Latvia 19  
Latvia Latvia 15  
Hong Kong Hong Kong 9  
19th place game
 
Poland Poland 7
Latvia Latvia 17

21st to 24th Place[edit]

 
21st to 24th place games
17 July
21st place game
18 July
 
      
 
 
 
 
Turkey Turkey 9
 
 
 
Mexico Mexico 4
 
Turkey Turkey 4
 
 
 
Hong Kong Hong Kong 10
 
Hong Kong Hong Kong 14
 
 
Bermuda Bermuda 13
 
23rd place game
 
 
 
 
 
Mexico Mexico 12
 
 
Bermuda Bermuda 8

25th to 28th place[edit]

Play-in games
16 July
25th to 28th place games
17 July
25th place game
18 July
   
Slovakia Slovakia 6  
Belgium Belgium 8  
Belgium Belgium 3    
Russia Russia 4  
  Slovakia Slovakia 3
 
    Norway Norway 14
Norway Norway (OT) 11
Thailand Thailand 7  
Austria Austria 10  
Austria Austria 10  
27th place game
 
Belgium Belgium 7
Austria Austria 6

29th to 32nd Place[edit]

 
29th to 32nd place games
17 July
29th place game
18 July
 
      
 
 
 
 
Russia Russia 5
 
 
 
Spain Spain 9
 
Spain Spain 6
 
 
 
Thailand Thailand 12
 
Thailand Thailand 14
 
 
France France 4
 
31st place game
 
 
 
 
 
Russia Russia 7
 
 
France France 15

33rd to 38th place[edit]

 
33rd to 36th place games
17 July
33rd place game
18 July
 
      
 
 
 
 
Uganda Uganda 11
 
 
 
Argentina Argentina 5
 
Uganda Uganda 7
 
 
 
China China 14
 
South Korea Korea 15
 
 
China China 16
 
35th place
 
 
 
 
 
Argentina Argentina 7
 
 
South Korea Korea 10
37th place game
17 July
   
Costa Rica Costa Rica 4
Colombia Colombia 11

Final standings[edit]

Rank Team Div Pld W L GF GA GD
1st, gold medalist(s)  Canada 2 7 6 1 91 39 +52
2nd, silver medalist(s)  United States 1 7 6 1 112 34 +78
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Iroquois 3 8 5 3 96 75 +21
4  Australia 4 8 3 5 62 106 -44
5  England 6 8 3 5 67 106 -39
6  Scotland 1 8 6 2 117 68 +49
7  Israel 1 8 6 2 120 47 +73
8  Japan 5 8 2 6 77 124 -47
9 Germany Germany 1 8 6 2 87 59 +28
10 Republic of Ireland Ireland 1 8 6 2 105 63 +42
11 Sweden Sweden 2 8 6 2 94 63 +31
12 New Zealand New Zealand 1 8 4 4 98 75 +23
13 Finland Finland 1 8 6 2 98 40 +58
14 Czech Republic Czech Republic 1 7 4 3 69 46 +23
15 Switzerland Switzerland 2 8 5 3 63 67 -4
16 Netherlands Netherlands 1 7 2 5 72 69 +3
17 Wales Wales 2 7 5 2 81 52 29
18 Italy Italy 2 8 5 3 97 89 +8
19 Latvia Latvia 3 8 5 3 113 81 +32
20 Poland Poland 2 7 3 4 78 59 +19
21 Hong Kong Hong Kong 2 8 5 3 78 103 -25
22 Turkey Turkey 3 8 4 4 50 55 -5
23 Mexico Mexico 2 7 3 4 58 72 -14
24 Bermuda Bermuda 2 7 2 5 64 86 -22
25 Norway Norway 3 7 5 2 88 63 +25
26 Slovakia Slovakia 3 7 3 4 57 70 -13
27 Belgium Belgium 4 8 4 4 60 61 -1
28 Austria Austria 3 8 3 5 71 70 +1
29 Thailand Thailand 4 8 4 4 81 82 -1
30  Spain 3 7 2 5 49 83 -34
31 France France 3 7 2 5 50 76 -26
32 Russia Russia 3 8 2 6 46 80 -34
33 China China 4 7 3 4 61 101 -40
34 Uganda Uganda 4 7 2 5 40 78 -38
35 South Korea Korea 4 7 2 5 70 91 -21
36 Argentina Argentina 4 7 1 6 38 71 -33
37 Colombia Colombia 4 6 1 5 28 74 -46
38 Costa Rica Costa Rica 4 6 0 6 15 104 -89

Awards[edit]

The following awards were given out at the end of the tournament.[3]

MVP: Canada Dillon Ward
Outstanding Attackman: United States Rob Pannell
Outstanding Midfielder: United States Paul Rabil
Outstanding Defenseman: United States Tucker Durkin
Outstanding Goalie: Canada Dillon Ward

All-World Team[edit]

Attack Midfield Defense Goalkeeper

Canada Curtis Dickson
United States Rob Pannell
Iroquois Lyle Thompson

United States Paul Rabil
Iroquois Jeremy Thompson
United States David Lawson

United States Tucker Durkin
Canada Brodie Merrill
Canada Kyle Rubisch

Canada Dillon Ward

The President's Team[edit]

The President's Team consisted of the following players, honored for being the top 10 players in the tournament not competing in the Blue Division.[15]

Scotland Kyle Buchanan
Republic of Ireland Ryan Licht
Scotland Matt MacGrotty
Scotland Jimmy McBride
Scotland Jordan McBride
Czech Republic Jonathan Munk
Sweden Kevin Powers
Israel Ben Smith
Israel Ari Sussman
Netherlands James Van de Veerdon

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b Burns, Sean (July 19, 2014). "Canada Beats USA to Capture Third World Title". LaxMagazine.com. 2014 WLC. Retrieved July 19, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Canada's Ward Headlines All-World Team" (Press release). 2014 WLC. July 19, 2014. Retrieved July 19, 2014.
  4. ^ Burns, Sean (July 19, 2014). "Iroquois Dominate Australia to Reach Podium". LaxMagazine.com. 2014 WLC. Retrieved July 21, 2014.
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  6. ^ "Back in Blue: Iroquois Nationals Will Compete in Elite Blue Division". Indian Country Today. June 13, 2013. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Eight Division Winners and Canada Wins a Wild One". 2014 WLC. July 13, 2014. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  8. ^ Jiloty, John (July 19, 2014). "World Games: Day 10 — Canada Shocks U.S., Iroquois Wins First Medal". Inside Lacrosse. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  9. ^ Polacek, Scott (July 19, 2014). "World Lacrosse Championship 2014: United States vs. Canada Score and Final Recap". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  10. ^ "Lyle, Miles Thompson Lead Iroquois Nationals to Bronze Medal Finish in 2014 World Games" (Press release). University of Albany Great Danes. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  11. ^ Vock, Casey (July 19, 2014). "Iroquois Nationals Rout Australia 16-5, Win First FIL World Championship Medal". Inside Lacrosse. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  12. ^ McLaughlin, Corey (July 19, 2014). "England Holds Off Rival Scotland for Fifth". LaxMagazine.com. 2014 WLC. Retrieved July 22, 2014.
  13. ^ "Israel's dream run clipped by No. 3 Australia, 9-8 : Israel Lacrosse". Israel Lacrosse. July 18, 2014. Retrieved July 22, 2014.
  14. ^ "No. 5 England holds on for overtime win over Israel, 10-9". Israel Lacrosse. July 18, 2014. Archived from the original on August 3, 2014.
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