It’s hardly surprising, but now it’s official: The top two international lacrosse powers, the United States and Canada, will meet once again for the gold medal on Saturday at the World Lacrosse Championships in Manchester, England.
USA (5-1), six-time gold medal winners, advanced with an easy 20-5 victory over Japan on Thursday, while Canada (6-0), which beat the U.S. for the gold medal in 2006, knocked off Australia in the semifinals, 15-6.
Paul Rabil led the U.S. team with four goals while Kyle Dixon and Drew Westervelt had hat tricks. Two Long Island players joined the party as the U.S. scored the first eight goals and led 14-1 at halftime. Max Seibald (Hewlett, Cornell) and Matt Zash (Massapequa, Duke) each scored a goal with Seibald also adding an assist. Seibald, a former Tewaaraton Trophy winner as the best college lacrosse player, has scored nine goals with four assists in the tournament.
Kevin Crowley, who was the America East Player of the Year for Stony Brook in 2010, contributed a goal in Canada’s victory. Another Stony Brook star, Jordan McBride, played for Scotland in this event and scored 27 goals.