Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 9/19/15
From US Lacrosse
The United States scrapped and clawed and willed its way back from a four-goal deficit.
Its defenders dug in against the devastating Thompson trio and its offense kept firing until the shots started falling. The result was a one-goal deficit with 15 minutes left to play.
But when the third quarter turned to the fourth, effort gave way to talent. A loaded Iroquois roster outscored the Americans 5-2 in the final frame to polish off a 13-9 win on the first night of the World Indoor Lacrosse Championships in Syracuse.
Team USA features defenseman Brett Manney (NXT Showcase Director and NXT LC coach, Holy Ghost Prep, Delaware grad) and goalie Chris Collins (Drexel assistant, Delaware grad).
Lyle Thompson dodged in untouched from the left side. Jeff Shattler came off a screen on the right side and scored before USA goalie Jake Henhawk turned his head. Randy Staats buried a shot from 8 yards out angled left.
The Iroquois squelched any remaining American hope when Brandon Goodwin bounced a shot through the 5-hole on a breakaway with 5:07 to play, breaking the sold-out crowd at War Memorial Arena to their feet for a final time.
For the USA, a commendable comeback was for naught.
After a 6-2 start by the Iroquois, it appeared the United States was on the verge of being blown out.
But Joe Walters cranked home a sidewinder from about 12 yards out with 5:50 left in the second quarter. Then Marcus Holman found a cutting Blaze Riorden to make it 6-4 moments later.
Riorden, Albany’s starting goalie, is no stranger to shooting after taking a save the length of the field to score against Cornell this spring.
After the Iroquois tallied the final two goals of the half — the second coming on a buzzer-beating 15-yard shot from the point by Lyle Thompson — the USA won the third frame 3-0.
Holman found Joe Reseterits for his second goal at the end of the quarter to bring the USA within 8-7.
But that would be the USA’s final score before a pair of garbage-time tallies.
Shattler and Lyle Thompson finished with three goals each for the Iroquois.
The Iroquois return to action on Sunday when they take on Canada at 5 p.m. The USA faces the Czech Republic on Sunday at 1 p.m.