Finneran fumes over U.S. squad

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:07 AM ET

KITCHENER -- Kevin Finneran isn\'t even trying to hide his frustration.

On the eve of his team\'s world indoor lacrosse championship semi-final against heavily favoured Canada (5-0), the United States captain ripped some of his countrymen and Major League Lacrosse (a U.S. professional field league) for not supporting the national box team.

In a semi-final preview -- the meaningless round-robin finale -- Canada beat the 2-3 Americans 16-5 last night at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium. The rematch is here today at 4 p.m. (Sportsnet)

\"I\'m very disappointed with (Major League Lacrosse) and I\'m very disappointed with some players who decided not to come over,\" Finneran, who played for the National Lacrosse League champion Toronto Rock this past season, said.

\"They could have taken some time off, especially in a time when our country is sticking together post-war. Being able to put on a U.S.A. jersey should mean a lot. Obviously, to some guys it doesn\'t.\"

The U.S. was supposed to be Canada\'s main threat at the inaugural world indoor tournament after stunning the Canucks 21-16 in the Heritage Cup last fall.

But the American lineup here features only three players from that game. The MLL didn\'t help the American cause as it refused to allow its players to leave training camp to play in the worlds. The MLL season doesn\'t start until a week after the world final on Saturday.

\"It\'s a shame,\" U.S. general manager Scott Gabrielsen said. \"We\'re on the world stage and not being able to put our best team together is disappointing.\"

The U.S. received a boost last night as NLLers Mike Law, Brian Tower and Jeremy Hollenbeck joined the team, but Canada led 7-2 at halftime and cruised to victory. Still, the Americans hold out hope they can improve in a hurry.

\"If we said it wasn\'t possible, there would be no point in playing the game or the tournament because they could just give the gold to Canada,\" U.S. goalie Dwight Maetche said.

Canada\'s Colin Doyle led the way with fourgoals.

\"I still don\'t think we\'ve peaked,\" Doyle said. \"We\'ve got to focus on trying to get better every game rather than just being satisfied with winning. We\'ve still got a lot of work to do.\"

In the other semi-final tonight (7:30), the 4-1 Iroquois Nationals face 3-2 Scotland.


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