Lyons' late goal boosts Iroquois over England 10-9 win is breakthrough against a Big Four team

July 18, 1998|By Jamison Hensley and Eduardo A. Encina

Rex Lyons scored four goals, including the game-winner with 16 seconds remaining, as the Iroquois Nation upset England, 10-9, yesterday at Homewood Field.

Lyons, the son of Oren Lyons, founder of the first Iroquois Nation lacrosse team in 1983, scored the winning goal off a rebound against an English squad that was playing two men down.

It was the first victory for the Iroquois over one of the Big Four nations -- England, United States, Australia and Canada. England, which had beaten the Iroquois twice by a combined score of 34-18, has never finished lower than fourth in the World Games.

"This is one of our best wins," said Lyons, 35. "It was a long time coming. But it was just a matter of time."

The Iroquois, which never trailed in the final three quarters, took an 8-5 lead 3 1/2 minutes into the third quarter on a left-handed shot by J.D. Jones. England then went on a 4-1 run to tie the game at 9 with 30 seconds left in the third period, but misfired on its final 10 shots.

Japan 11, Czech Republic 3: With 3: 15 left in the first period, the Czech Republic scored its third goal of the quarter and looked on its way to beating Japan.

But the rest of the game belonged to Japan as its stingy defense did not allow another goal while a quick, efficient offense finished the rout.

Tied 3-3 at the half, Japan scored three goals within the first nine minutes of the second half. From then on, the Czech team (0-2) seemed tired, dropped several balls and rarely crossed into the offensive side of the field. The smaller but quicker Japan beat the Czechs to practically every loose ball.

"Because Japanese players have smaller bodies, the only thing we can use as a strength is speed and we have to concentrate on doing that," said coach Yoshihiro Okubo through an interpreter.

Japanese attackers Shinya Maruyama and Ryuichi Seta each scored three goals in the second half to pace Japan. Goalkeeper Yoshida Hidekazu had 15 saves.

Japan raised its record to 2-0 in the Red Division.

Scotland 13, Sweden 7: Scotland rebounded from an opening loss to Japan and defeated an overmatched Sweden team (1-1).

Scotland (1-1) raced out to an 8-1 halftime lead and never was threatened. On Thursday, the Scots blew a 5-2 lead in the second quarter and lost.

Attacker Neil Doddridge and midfielder Zack Aitken scored four goals each, leading the Scotland attack.

"I think there was a difference in the quality of athletes today," said Scotland coach Phil Collier. "I think the Japanese wore us down with their speed and we weren't able to take the ball away, but today against the Swedes we were able to back them out and take the ball away at times."

Germany 16, Wales 9: The surprising German team opened with seven unanswered goals and ran its record to 2-0 in the Red Division.

German attacker Jonathan Damm scored two of his four goals in Germany's seven-goal first period.

Former Princeton attacker Taylor Simmers assisted on six of the first eight German goals and finished with nine assists.

Pub Date: 7/18/98

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