Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/19/10
From US Lacrosse
MANCHESTER, England – Paul Rabil scored three goals and added two assists to lead the U.S. men’s national team to a 17-5 victory over host England in the 2010 Federation of International Lacrosse Championships at the University of Manchester.
Rabil scored all three of his goals in the first quarter, as the U.S. turned an early 1-0 deficit into a 5-1 lead with a deluge of goals in the quarter’s final minutes.
Team USA led 8-2 by halftime. Kyle Sweeney (Springfield-Delco/Philadelphia Wings) made it 9-2 less than two minutes into the third quarter on a transition play – the fourth goal in five games for the U.S. long pole.
England’s Adrian Bennett answered on the ensuing possession to close back within six, but consecutive fast break goals off Alex Smith (Univ. of Delaware) face-off wins – one finished by Ryan Boyle and the other by Brendan Mundorf – in a 45-second span put Team USA out of reach.
Rabil added two assists to his three goals to finish with a game-high five points. Mundorf and Mike Leveille each finished with three goals and an assist. Ryan Powell had two goals and two assists.
Smith and Stephen Peyser combined to go 16-of-24 on faceoffs.
The U.S. (3-1) wraps up pool play Tuesday against upstart Japan, which is fresh off an upset of Australia and is in position to play itself into the medal round. Opening faceoff is at 1:30 p.m. local (8:30 a.m. U.S. Eastern.)
Meanwhile, undefeated Canada also breezed, crushing Germany, 23-4. Dan Dawson tallied six goals and Garett Billings added four to pace Canada, which plays England tomorrow.
FIL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – BLUE DIVISION PRELIMINARIES
Team USA 17, England 5
USA – 5 – 3 – 5 – 4… 17
ENG – 1 – 1 – 1 – 2… 5
Goals: USA – Rabil 3, Leveille 3, Mundorf 3, Powell 2, Crotty 2, Sweeney, Seibald, Westervelt, Boyle; ENG – Watson 2, Baxter, Bennett, L. Ratcliff.
Assists: USA – Rabil 2, Powell 2, Boyle 2, Cinosky, Seibald, Leveille, Striebel, Mundorf; ENG – Roberts
Saves – USA – Dougherty 6, Fullerton 2; ENG – McAllister 13, Anderton 4.
Faceoffs – USA 16, ENG 8