Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/16/10
Max Seibald (Philadelphia Wings) pumped in five goals and Brendan Mundorf added three to lead the U.S. to a 21-5 blitzing of Australia in an opening game at the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships today at the University of Manchester, England.
Team USA bolted to leads of 7-1 and 13-2. Anson Carter, who scored four goals, was the only bright spot for Australia.
Long stick midfielder Kyle Sweeney (Springfield-Delco/Wings), Drew Westervelt (Wings), Mike Leveille and Ned Crotty each added two goals for the U.S. Sweeney added an assist on a goal by fellow long pole Eric Martin with 1:32 remaining.
Team USA goalkeeper Brian Dougherty (Episcopal Academy, Penn assistant coach) was strong in the cage, making eight saves in three quarters. Adam Fullerton (two saves) finished up.
“We’ve been preaching being ready to play at the first whistle,” said Team USA head coach Mike Pressler. “It felt like we were obviously in control, and we kept our foot on the gas.”
The U.S. now gears for a huge match with defending world champion Canada – a 17-4 winner of Japan in its opener – Saturday at 7:30 p.m. England time (2:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time). A sold-out crowd of over 5,000 is expected for what most expect will be a preview of the championship game on July 24.