Max Seibald, the former Hewlett High School and Cornell University star, scored three of his game-high five goals in the first nine minutes
Friday to lead USA to an overpowering 21-5 victory over Australia in the Americans’ first game at the World Lacrosse Championships in Manchester, England.
Seibald, a midfielder, scored 11 seconds into the game on a feed from Brendan Mundorf, and again 1:40 into the contest on an assist from Paul Rabil as the U.S. team held a 7-1 advantage after the first quarter and led 13-2 at halftime.
The three other Long Island middies also scored. Matt Zash of Massapequa and Duke had an assist, as did Kevin Cassese of Comsewogue and Duke. Stephen Peyser of Cold Spring Harbor and Johns Hopkins contributed an unassisted goal in the fourth quarter. Peyser and Zash are teammates on the Long Island Lizards of Major League Lacrosse.
USA, which plays five games in five days in hopes of reaching the semifinals, faces defending gold medalist Canada on Saturday. Canada defeated Japan on Friday, 17-4.
Thirty nations are entered in the competition. The bronze-medal game will be played on July 22 and the gold-medal game on July 24.