Iroquois toughen up for Canada

ERIC BENDER -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 7:40 AM ET

It was a cakewalk, like the other games at TD Waterhouse Stadium yesterday, as the Iroquois Nation crushed Germany 14-6 in a lacrosse world championships quarter-final.

The Iroquois worked themselves into the semifinals today, when they will meet Canada. In the preliminary round against Canada, they held to within four goals, a 12-8 loss.

Iroquois co-coach Mouser Henry vowed to "play Canada tough."

"They have some guys who are worn and we've got some guys who can put the ball in the net."

Not only were the Iroquois scouting Canada last night for tendencies and nagging injuries, they have been scouting the referees at the tournament.

With two North American teams facing each other, they have to know what will and won't be called, Henry said. And, he said, there are wide discrepancies among the officials.

Yesterday's game didn't produce sharp lacrosse, Henry felt, "because we know in any sport a team plays to the other team's competency." He felt his team should have been scoring more but thought Germany helped the Iroquois cause by chewing up the clock.

"Not to belittle anyone but there are some weaker teams here," he said, "but they (Germany) had a couple of guys who could crank."

Delby Powless led the Iroquois with four goals. Roger Vyse had three.

Germany took numerous shots that were off target and Marty Ward in the Iroquois net had few difficult saves to make.

Multiple goal scorers for Germany were Nicholas Schmidt (3) and Florian Kriependorf (2).

"It was our first time against this level of competition and we played our hearts out," Germany's head coach Jack Kaley said.

He's looking forward to today's game with England, at TD Waterhouse at 12:30 p.m.

"In the European championship England beat us handily in the first game and in the second it was 8-7 for them," he said.

Australia easily defeated Ireland in a 21-5 game yesterday. Brendan Mundorf and Nathan Stiglich had hat tricks for Australia while Connor O'Rourke scored two goals for Ireland.

Australia gets a semifinal crack at the U.S., which had a bye yesterday for finishing first and undefeated in the elite Blue Division. The U.S. beat Australia 20-8 in the preliminary round.

Finland, by losing to Canada, now plays the Netherlands at North London athletic fields at 4 p.m. today.


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