USA Open IIJL World Junior Lacrosse Championships With A Win

The USA would open the IIJL World Junior Lacrosse Championships with an 18-14 win over Scotland at the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon.

The Americans got off to a quick start in the first quarter, taking a 9-2 lead. The USA started off with a five-goal run with markers from Jason Piechota, Jackson Carawan, Riley Strub, Nate Senez and Josiah Degrasse.

Scotland got on the board with 4:28 left on the clock off a goal from Nolan Eastwood. Cooper Demallie scored for the United States 18 seconds later to make it 6-1.

Eastwood would strike again before Marco Firmender, Spencer Vandenberg and Ryan Colsey put the US up 9-2.

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Scotland Battles Back in the Second

Scotland fought back in the second quarter, opening with goals from Calem McAndrew and Jack Bamford. Colsey scored at 11:32 to keep the United States ahead 10-4.

Grady Holmes narrowed the USA’s lead to five before DeMallie scored at 10:10.

Scotland went on a two-goal run with Eastwood picking up his hat trick.

Colsey gave the US a 12-7 lead by Kegan Cochrane scored for Scotland to make it 12-8 at the break.

Scots Keep It Close

Colsey added his fourth goal of the game 26 seconds into the third quarter. Eastwood helped Scotland keep pace at 11:47 as the USA led  13-9.

Cameron Fewster added Scotland’s 10th goal as they narrowed the United State’s lead to three goals and start a four-goal run for Scotland.

Eastwood continued his hot hand as he scored on the power play at 4:32. Mason McNeil would round at the run for Scotland to get within one, 13-12.

The United States got back on the board with Degrasse scoring with just over 3:00 left in the third quarter followed by Senez 36 seconds later as USA led 15-12 with one quarter left to play.

USA Holds On For The ‘W’

The USA opened the fourth-quarter scoring when Senez took a pass up the middle and found the back of the net. Vandenberg added to the tally 27 seconds later cutting to the front to make it 17-12.

Fewster was found all alone downfield for Scotland and didn’t make a mistake. He scored to make it 17-13. Milne then shot a rifle from the outside that fooled American goaltender Aidan Malone to keep Scotland within striking distance.

Jackson Carawan got the United States back on the scoresheet with just over 4:00 to play as the Americans would win 18-14.

Top Scorers

United States

Josiah Degrasse, 2g 4a

Nate Senez, 3g 3a

Ryan Colsey, 4g 1a

Scotland

Nolan Eastwood, 6g 1a

Grady Holmes, 1g 3a

Calem McAndrew, 1g 3a

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Shawn Slaght
Shawn Slaght

Shawn Slaght has been a sports reporter across the Canadian prairies for over 10 years and has experience covering everything from junior hockey to World Cup skiing to all levels of lacrosse. He is the Saskatchewan correspondent for All Lacrosse All The Time.

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