Rochdale News | Sports News | Lacrosse: England battle it out in group stage final loss to Canada

Date published: August 15, 2022

England, including Rochdale’s Daniel Madeley, fought until the very last second of their final 13-1 group stage loss to Canada in rainy Limerick at the 2022 Men’s U21 World Lacrosse Championship.

In a match disrupted first by hot weather, then by lightning and finally by persistent rain, England succumbed to an extremely well-trained and talented Canadian side, but left knowing they had given their all and worked hard to score his only goal in the fourth quarter. .

It was always going to be tough to get a win against Canada, one of the best teams in the world across all age groups, and they started with real determination, scoring after 47 seconds when Owen Hiltz hammered in the first of his five goals.

And, in a first quarter where England struggled to hold the ball for any significant amount of time, the boys in white found themselves trailing 5-0 after 10 minutes thanks to two goals from Ross Scott, one from Carter Page and a second for Hiltz. .

England appeared to progress in the quarter and reduced their prolific opponents to a handful of chances in the remaining five minutes.

After a promising end to the game in the first quarter, Canada came out of the blocks in the second and scored a sixth when Sam English hit one 27 seconds into the restart.

At this point, England entered a period of possession during which they were able to create a few chances; Will Goodwin saw a shot blocked by a Canadian defender after hard work behind goal allowed him to spin a defender and take a chance before Elliot Bickerton’s effort went over the crossbar .

In major tournaments, you just have to take a chance and England remembered that when, despite all their good work, Canada won the ball back and on their next attack scored through Adam Poitras.

With 20 seconds remaining at half-time and England leading 8-0, the referees called for a blistering delay which was later ruled unnecessary. the remaining seconds of the half were played and the players and coaching staff agreed to a shorter half-time break of five minutes.

After the stoppage, England showed what they were really capable of, preventing Canada from scoring a single goal in the third quarter while creating several chances, including a Sam Mottershead shot that was saved and an excellent effort in solo from Josh Simpson-Pink that the Canada goalie managed to stay clear.

But it was in the fourth that England’s hard work and persistence really paid off when Ed Loveland scored after playing a few ‘one twos’ with his team-mate in attack and then fired one away. close range to the delight of travellers. England fans!

This tournament has been anything but easy for England so far, but the character, determination and passion of the players cannot be questioned and they head into their next game on Tuesday (August 16) with their heads held high. and wanting to put another good Show.

England have been beaten in every game of the 2022 Men’s U21 World Lacrosse Championship so far, losing 14-3 to the Haudenosaunee Confederacy on day one, 17-3 to the USA and 8-3 to Australia on August 13.

Reprinted by kind permission of England Lacrosse

Ruth J. Leeds