The United States was able to clinch first place in Group B with a 25-3 win over Israel at the IIJL World Junior Lacrosse Championship on Wednesday.
Both teams came into the game with a record of 1-0 as both had beaten Scotland earlier in the week. A win put the Americans automatically into the semifinals when it comes to the plays.
Credit to American goaltender Jackson Curtis who stopped 36 of 39 shots in the victory.
USA Opens Up With a Big Lead
The United States open up the game with a five-goal run. Ryan Colsey had a couple of highlight-reel goals. His first was one-handed between legs and he added a behind-the-back goal as well.
Also adding markers for the USA were Josiah Degrasse, Riley Stub and Nate Senez.
Israel Gets On The Board
Colsey scored his hat trick goal 30 seconds into the second quarter shorthanded. Israel did get on the board 14 seconds later with Josh Fodchuk scoring the power play goal.
The American went on a four-goal run after that with Degrasse scoring twice and Ethan Kessler and Senez finding the back of the net.
Fodchuk would score Israel’s second goal with 3:41 on the clock to make the score 10-2.
Colsey, Strub and Spencer Vandenberg scored for the USA to round out the scoring as the Americans led 13-2 at the half.
USA On Cruise Control
Colsey scored his fifth of the game on the power play 10 seconds into the third quarter. Jonas Keusch replied for Israel at 12:23 but the Americans still held a 14-2 advantage.
USA would go on a seven-goal run with markers from Jackson Carawan, Vandenberg, Senez, Colsey with two, Strub and Vandenberg.
Americans Lock Up First Place
The United States opened the fourth quarter with goals from Tate Watts, Marco Firmender, and Colsey as they cruised to a 25-3 win to lock up first place in Group B.
Ryan Cosley, 9g 1a
Riley Strub, 3g 5a
Nate Senez, 3g 5a
Josh Fodchuk, 2g 1a
Jonas Keusch, 1g 1a
Benjamin Reidy, 1a