Old Scot aged well

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:50 AM ET

While shaking hands with his opponents in the aftermath of his courageous feat, 64-year-old Scottish goaltender John Marr was stopped by Canadian counterpart Anthony Cosmo.

Cosmo, 26, who wasn\'t even a thought when Marr first played field lacrosse in his early 20s, gave a few extra pats on the shoulder to the Scotsman and congratulated him on hanging tough against the world\'s best box lacrosse team.

In his first action at the world indoor lacrosse championship -- and only his second box lacrosse game -- Marr allowed six goals on 13 shots during Scotland\'s 25-5 loss to Canada yesterday at the Hershey Centre.

\"It\'s incredible to see someone of that age perform that well,\" Cosmo said. \"When I\'m 64, I hope I have the ability and the same poise to do that.\"

Like they have done against every netminder in this tournament, the powerful Canadians threw shot after shot against Marr, who is spending his own money to travel to Ontario and play in the worlds. Marr stopped the first shot he faced, dropping to his knees to make a chest save on Shawn Williams, and drew applause. But the Canucks beat Marr on four of their next six shots to take a 4-0 lead, prompting Scotland coach Paul Suggate to replace him with National Lacrosse League veteran Derek Collins.

With Canada up 23-4 in the fourth quarter, Marr returned to face a conservative Canadian attack and stopped four of six shots. Marr stopped 22 of 30 shots against a St. Catharines senior team in his box debut last week.

\"If they keep giving me these pads (for box lacrosse), I\'ll be back,\" Marr said. \"I played against some of these (Canadians) in field, but I\'ve also played against some of their dads and grandparents.\"

Suggate said Marr will dress for at least one more game as a backup and could play again.

\"That was awesome,\" Scotland defender Darryl Gibson said. \"To be in that phenomenal shape and to still be alive after (facing Canada) is pretty good ... You put anyone in net against those guys and they are going to pick corners.\"

Canada (4-0) clinched first place in round-robin play when the Iroquois Nationals beat the United States 21-14 last night. Canada faces the U.S. in the round-robin finale tomorrow night at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium and then plays a semi-final Thursday in Kitchener. The championship game is on Saturday at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton.


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