U.S. gets past Iro­quois

For­mer Great Dane stand­out Lyle Thomp­son has three goals in de­feat

Albany Times Union - - SCOREBOARD - Staff re­port

Af­ter trail­ing 7-5 at half­time, the United States na­tional team used a bal­anced at­tack to beat a road-weary Iro­quois Na­tion­als squad, 17-9, in the first game of the Fed­er­a­tion of In­ter­na­tional Lacrosse world cham­pi­onship Thurs­day at Ne­tanya Sta­dium in Is­rael.

For­mer Univer­sity at Al­bany great Lyle Thomp­son scored three goals to lead the Na­tion­als, who built an early 3-0 lead, but faded be­hind a bar­rage of shots from the United States squad led by Rob Panell and Ryan Brown, who scored three goals apiece.

The United States out­shot the Na­tion­als 50-28.

The Na­tion­als, who won bronze in the 2014 world cham­pi­onships in Denver, were de­layed get­ting to Is­rael due to pass­port is­sues. The team ar­rived in coun­try just eight hours be­fore their first game. For­mer Great Danes Miles Thomp­son and Ty Thomp­son and cur­rent star Te­hoka Nan­ti­coke are also on the Na­tion­als. Nan­ti­coke fin­ished with two goals and an as­sist.

Miles Thomp­son had a goal and an as­sist.

Ac­cord­ing to the cham­pi­onship web­site, “The Iro­quois Na­tion­als are com­prised of play­ers from the Hau­denosaunee, which is a fed­er­a­tion of six In­dige­nous Na­tions, in­clud­ing the Mo­hawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca and Tus­carora Na­tions.”

The tour­na­ment, which is be­ing broad­cast on ESPN, is be­ing held July 11-21 and fea­tures teams from 48 coun­tries. Canada won gold and the U.S. sil­ver in 2014. The Iro­quois Na­tion­als’ bronze medal in 2014 was their high­est ever fin­ish.

The Na­tion­als are coached by Ual­bany men’s lacrosse coach Scott Marr.

Iro­quois next plays Eng­land on Satur­day at 11:45 a.m. on ESPN+. Is­rael 11, Ja­maica 3: In the first game at Ne­tanya Sta­dium, tour­na­ment host Is­rael (1-0) fin­ished the game on a 10-1 run to de­feat Ja­maica (0-1) 11-3. Eric Can­tor, a long­pole and 2015 grad­u­ate of Ual­bany, scored the first goal of the fourth quarter for Is­rael. Is­rael plays Rus­sia on Satur­day, July 14th at 2 p.m. on ESPN+; a win makes Is­rael the Red Di­vi­sion cham­pion.

Latvia 13, Mex­ico 10: Latvia (1-0) held off a late Mex­ico (0-1) come­back at­tempt to win its open­ing game 13-10. Ual­bany alumni Eli Lasda had two goals while Ri­ley Lasda had one goal. On Satur­day, Latvia takes on Greece at 4:45 a.m, with a win mak­ing it the Pur­ple Di­vi­sion cham­pion.

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