Canucks win lacrosse worlds

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:01 AM ET

It’s the lesser-known of Canada’s two national sports.

And the boys from the Great White North are still the best at it.

Calgary Roughnecks defender Mike Carnegie and his Team Canada buddies rolled to a 13-6 victory over the Iroquois Nationals in Saturday’s final at the FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championship in Prague, Czech Republic, winning their third consecutive gold at the international event.

Former Roughnecks sniper Josh Sanderson plus fellow National Lacrosse League standouts Dan Dawson, Rhys Duch, Shawn Evans and Jordan Hall each scored twice for Canada. Rochester Knighthawks backstop Matt Vinc was stellar between the pipes and was named the MVP of Saturday’s championship game.

Riggers star Jeff Shattler had a goal for the Nationals.

“Credit to the Iroquois — they never quit,” head coach Ed Comeau told the Canadian Lacrosse Association. “They played hard, and they’re a great team. We gained momentum early and kept it going.

“After that point, it was a chase, and we felt if we could control the ball and possessions, we’d put ourselves in a position to win the game.”

In three instalments of the FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championship, the Canadians have a 17-0 record and have won three straight titles.

“It feels good to win the gold,” said Canada captain Colin Doyle, who led the Toronto Rock to an NLL title two weeks ago. “This was a team that came here for a purpose and was focused and driven. It was an unbelievable experience with these guys.”

The U.S. had a 16-7 win over the Czech Republic in the bronze-medal match. American forward Casey Powell was named the tournament MVP.

wes.gilbertson@sunmedia.ca


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