Australia takes third with 8-goal outburst Iroquois Nation game but outmatched, 17-5

World Lacrosse

Notebook

July 25, 1998|By Eduardo A. Encina | Eduardo A. Encina,SUN STAFF

When the Iroquois Nation took a 2-0 lead on Australia in the first period of yesterday's third-place game, it looked as if a new world power might be on the horizon. The Iroquois came out with the fire they lacked in Wednesday's loss to the United States, making crisp passes and penetrating to the goal.

But the Iroquois success soon ended when, with the score tied 4-4 after one, Australia woke up and scored eight unanswered goal and never looked back winning en route to a 17-5 victory.

"We came out very passive in the first period," said midfielder Chris Warren, who led Australia with four goals and two assists. "We realized they weren't going to give in to us. From then on, we pushed the ball hard and tightened up the defense."

Australia's finish was down a notch from 1994, when they lost to the United States in the World Championship final.

"The thing that makes it the worse is that we really feel that we can play with any other team," Warren said.

Consolations

Scotland 10, Japan 9: Scotland attackman Neil Doddridge continued his World Games success, breaking a 9-9 tie in by scoring with 1: 06 remaining in overtime to avenge a loss to the Japanese in the first day of competition. Scotland clinched seventh place.

Scotland goalie John Marr put himself in the record book one more time. Already the oldest player in World Games history at 59, Marr has been the goalkeeper in three of the five overtime games in World Games history.

England 21, Germany 6: England -- led by Steve Morley's five goals and two assists -- went out to a 12-4 lead at halftime and never trailed in defeating Germany for fifth place.

Czech Republic 12, Sweden 8: In the ninth-place game, Czech Republic scored seven unanswered goals in the fourth period to atone for a 9-8 loss to Sweden on Sunday after holding a third-quarter lead.

Pub Date: 7/25/98

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