Lacrosse Notes

RYAN PYETTE -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 7:39 AM ET

Who'll mind U.S. net?

With an embarrassment of lacrosse riches on its roster, the United States team is understandably still having a difficult time deciding on a No. 1 goalie -- even as the world championships enter the semifinal stage today. It'll be interesting to see if U.S. head coach John Desko goes with either well-rested Trevor Tierney or daisy-fresh Chris Garrity for an entire game against Australia, or if he continues his practice of letting the two share the duties. Through five round-robin games, their statistics couldn't be more similar. Both have allowed 20 goals in 200 minutes. "That's been the plan (to split every game) so far and we'll see what happens the rest of the way," Garrity said. If anyone's looking for a pattern to Desko's thought processes, the only difference between the two is the busier Tierney has made 41 saves so far and Garrity has turned aside 28 shots. Tierney has been credited with three wins, including a victory over Australia, while Garrity has a pair of wins, counting the dramatic 13-12 decision over Canada.

Dowdell helps Netherlands

Speaking of goalies, Andrew Dowdell, a former UWO student and member of the local Molly Bloom's team, has the Netherlands pushing for a top position at this year's event after a 10-4 win over Latvia yesterday. The Dutch play Finland today and are hoping to play their way into the fifth-place game on Saturday morning. "This is a good group of guys and they're committed to the goal of improving the profile of lacrosse in their country," the 28-year-old Dowdell said. "Anything in the top 10 would be great for this team. We just want to finish as high as we can." Dowdell is hoping he'll be in the mix to play for the Dutch at the European championships in Finland in 2008 and the 2010 worlds in England -- but he'll never forget his first go-round played at his ex-university home. "I'm in the worlds playing on a field that is overlooked by King's College, where I graduated. I've travelled a lot to play this game so it's been pretty interesting to be in the worlds here at a place where I used to live."

Japan tops in fair play

Field lacrosse is considered a gentlemen's game and nobody picked up on that spirit of fair play in the top division more than Japan. The clean approach didn't help much -- the Japanese finished the round robin with an 0-5 record despite spending a measly 13a minutes in the penalty chair. Canada led the top flight with 45 minutes, but that wasn't much ahead of Australia (42) or England (39). The six-time defending champion U.S. had 30a minutes in its five games.


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