England can't keep pace with Iroquois

ERIC BENDER -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 10:49 AM ET

England gave it a jolly good go but came up short by three goals in the opening game of the elite division of the world field lacrosse championships at TD Waterhouse Stadium yesterday.

The Iroquois Nation prevailed 13-10.

"We should have won that game," said England head coach David Elwood. "We took too much time in the penalty box and converting (with a man advantage) is a massive part of their game."

England finished last in the elite Blue division in 2002 in Australia with a 0-4 record and the Iroquois Nationals were one position ahead with a record of 1-3, their one victory, a 17-9 win over England.

"We are disappointed," said Elwood. "We weren't happy to be close."

England spotted the Iroquois four straight goals before the first quarter was half over but then scored three of their own in the frame.

The Iroquois went up 5-3 to open the second 20-minute quarter when England's goalie Benjamin McAllister made a key stop. McAllister romped straight down the middle of the field untouched by astonished Iroquois and dropped a shot from close in over the shoulder of Iroquois goalie Joe Soloman to close the gap to 5-4. England had the game tied 6-6 at half time.

McAllister said after the game his daring run was "uncharacteristic."

Again the Iroquois responded at the beginning of the third period with four goals and took a 10-8 lead into the fourth. Although the Iroquois took 11 penalties and England eight, Elwood's concern about being penalized came in the fourth quarter when they were attempting to recover and win the match. Two straight penalties with the score 11-9 killed England's momentum, especially when the Iroquois scored a powerplay marker.

"We felt we had the legs and tried to run them into the ground," Elwood said of yesterday's tactics. "and we tried to play a possession game."

David Bryant and Mark Reynolds scored two goals each for England.

Iroquois co-coach Mouser Henry said the Iroquois had to adjust to a different strategy.

"We are all indoor players and want to attack the goal. That was not the best. We had to play the chess game and stretch them out and then attack."

Delby Powless from Rutgers University scored three goals for Iroquois, two of them in the third quarter when they outscored England 4-2. Neal Powless, of Nazareth University, also had three goals. Brett Bucktooth and J.D. Jones had two each.

IROQUOIS 13

ENGLAND 10


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