Manchester, England – Dan Dawson scored six goals in leading undefeated Canada to a 23-4 victory over Germany at the world field lacrosse championships Monday.
The win clinched first place in the elite bracket for Canada, 4-0, which completes the round-robin phase against England on Tuesday (2:30 p.m. ET).
The Germans scored first and it was 2-2 before coach David Huntley’s team roused itself into action.
“We were awful in the first half,” said Huntley. “Our focus wasn’t there, but I’m pleased with the way we came out in the second half. We had more focus, and that’s how we need to play. So, bad half, but we bounced back.”
Dawson had a big role in that. With Canada up 4-2, the six-foot-five Brampton firefighter scored three in a row to put Canada up 7-2 after one quarter. It was 12-3 at halftime and 17-3 after three quarters.
Dawson has been an all-pro box lacrosse MVP in the NLL with the Boston Blazers and has helped the OLA’s Brampton Excelsiors win the last two Canadian indoor titles, but he’s a newcomer to the field game. Two seasons with the MLL’s Toronto Nationals, also coached by Huntley, is all that’s on his field lacrosse resume.
“It’s kind of been a new venture for me,” said the 28-year-old attacker. “Coach Huntley has guided me in the right direction and guys on the team have should be some of the things that work in the outdoor game that I may not be used to. I’m still learning. Whatever my role might be on this team, I’m willing to do it.”
Garrett Billings scored four goals, Zack Greer three, Kevin Crowley, Shawn Williams, Kevin Huntley and Corey Small two each and Jordan Hall and John Grant one each. Huntley opted at half time to rest Grant the rest of the way.
In nine previous world tournaments, which are held every four years, Canada had never played Germany. Germany is in the elite bracket this year only because they got to take the place of the Iroquois Nationals when the Nationals didn’t make the trip.
“We were really happy to be out here playing with these guys,” said Germany’s Jordan West-Pratt, who grew up in the Vancouver region and who now lives in Berlin. “They’re defending world champions and we hung with them in playing them 2-2 in the first quarter. We couldn’t expect more than that, man. This is bittersweet for me. I love those (Canadian players). They helped us get better and we’re looking forward to playing the rest of the tournament. Give a shout out to Reg Thompson and the PoCo Saints. That was my junior organization (in Port Coquitlam) and they helped me develop as a player.”
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