Canadians bounce back

Canada's Matt Vinc, left, pursues the ball with Nathan Stiglich, middle, and Darren Nicholas of...

Canada's Matt Vinc, left, pursues the ball with Nathan Stiglich, middle, and Darren Nicholas of Australia following closely behind during last night's world lacrosse championships game at TD Waterhouse Stadium in London, Ont. (London Free Press/Sue Reeve)

ERIC BENDER -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 7:55 AM ET

Jeff Zywicki's sharp passing was a factor, but his go-ahead goal to snap a 9-9 tie late in the game lifted Canada to a 12-9 win over Australia before 2,500 spectators last night at TD Waterhouse Stadium.

Canada is 3-1 in the world lacrosse championships and solidly in second place in the top six elite round. Canada would have to lose to England (1-3) tonight to get into a tie-breaker situation.

Zywicki, 25, from Nepean, thought Canada outplayed Australia "more than it showed" on the scoreboard.

"We let them back in. I think we have the kind of team that can score when needed," he said, pointing out Gary Gait and John Grant Jr. as the goal-getters.

Grant scored three, while Gait and Shawn Williams had two each.

Canadian coach Frank Nielsen said Australia always plays tough, but he didn't think his team was emotionally ready to start the game because of the draining one-goal loss -- and how it happened -- on Sunday to the U.S.

"We know our destiny now," Nielsen said. "We know who we play (today, England) and we know when we'll play (tomorrow). Psychologically, the guys know what they have to do."

The first period was a hockey score, Canada leading 1-0. One Canada goal was disallowed on a crease violation. The Aussies hit the post once and the Canucks three times.

The Canadians weren't sharp to start and missed passes and goals.

"We had a really bad warmup," Zywicki said.

Goals came readily in the second quarter. Australia knotted it 5 1/2 minutes in on a goal protested by Canada on a possible crease violation.

Canada responded with three straight goals to make it 4-1. Australia got two and Canada countered with two more to end the half up 6-3.

The teams traded two goals each in the third quarter.

Shawn Williams scored for Canada less than a minute in, but tension built quickly as Australia struck for four unanswered goals to tie it 9-9 on a solid possession game.

Australia's Stiglich brothers scored three for the Aussies. Nathan scored two and Daniel had one.


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