Canada, USA to faceoff in lacrosse champs

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:40 PM ET

Canada has advanced to the world field lacrosse final.

The Canadians defeated Australia 15-6 in a semifinal Thursday in Manchester, England.

Canada will play the U.S. in the title game Saturday.

"I think it’ll be a great game," Canada's coach, David Huntley, said.

"Both teams have another gear left and it has all the makings of being a terrific lacrosse game.’’

During the round-robin phase, Canada edged the U.S. 10-9.

The U.S. has won eight of the past 10 world tournaments — they're played every four years — with Canada taking the other two, in 1978 and in 2006.

Geoff Snider led Canada over Australia, scoring three goals. Garrett Billings, Rhys Duch and Kevin Huntley each had two, while John Grant, Kevin Crowley, Brodie Merrill, Dan Dawson, Mark Steenhuis and Ryan McClelland had one apiece.

Chris Sanderson earned the goaltending victory.

Canada rallied after trailing Australian 3-2.

Grant scored a key goal, making it 5-3, with a trick shot for which he has become famous. He was being checked as he ran toward the crease and, with one hand on his stick, swung it to shoot between his legs and bounce the ball in.

"I’ve been doing it for a few years now," Grant said. "It was at a crucial (time) and we were kind of reeling there.

"It was a good time for it, but I’ve got to play much better."


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