U.S., Issaquah keeper David Mather fall to Canada at lacrosse worlds, await quarterfinal opponent

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Canada jumped out to an early 3 – 0 lead and never looked back as Team USA struggled against the defending world champion on the way to an 18 – 7 defeat, Tuesday, at the 2015 FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championships in upstate New York.


Team USA goaltender David Mather of Issaquah, (right) makes a save against Canada’s Jordan MacIntosh, Tuesday, at the FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championship in upstate New York. (Photo: Greg Wall / Lacrosse Magazine)

Despite the loss, the United States, now 2 – 2 in world play, advances to the medal round and awaits Thursday’s quarterfinals opponent. Canada, now 3 – 0, with a final first-round game against England on Wednesday, clinched the top seed in Group Blue and a quarterfinal bye.

Down 4-1 early in the first, U.S. coach Tony Resch replaced starting goaltender Jake Henhawk with former Issaquah High School keeper David Mather looking for a spark on the defensive end of the floor. Despite a U.S. rally, with goals by Kevin Buchanan and Jeff Ratcliffe, that brought the game to within one, Canada continued to pound the Americans answering with four straight and six of the next seven scores to put the U.S. back on its heals.

Mather, who has been sparsely used in the tournament, finished with 15 saves for a 52 percent save percentage.

Eastlake High School lacrosse coach Chris O’Dougherty saw action in the game but did not figure in the scoring while O’Dea lacrosse coach Drew Snider did not dress for the contest.

Team Canada’s Ryan Benesch led in scoring with six goals while the Canadian defense, behind stout net-minding of Matt Vinc, limited Team USA, which outshot Canada 70-58, and held a 43-40 edge in shots on goal, to just one second-half score.

Buchanan finished with three goals and Casey Powell had six assists to lead Team USA.

The U.S. opened FIL World Championship play on Friday, dropping its opening game to the Iroquois National Team 13 – 9 then rebounded with a 14 – 7 win over the Czech Republic on Sunday. With Monday’s 13-9 win over England and Tuesday’s loss to Canada, the Americans at 2 – 2 now await Thursday’s quarterfinal opponent.

FIL World Indoor Championships action continues throughout the week with medal-round play getting underway, Thursday, Sept. 24. The gold and bronze-medal games take place Sunday, Sept. 27.

Team USA Schedule at 2015 FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championship

Follow this link for the full 2015 FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championship schedule.

Date Time/Result Opponent Location
Fri. Sept. 18 L   9-13 Iroquois War Memorial Arena (Syracuse, N.Y.)
Sun. Sept. 20 W 14-7 Czech Republic Onondaga Arena (Nedrow, N.Y.)
Mon. Sept. 21 W 13-9 England Onondaga Arena (Nedrow, N.Y.)
Tues. Sept. 22 L 18-7 Canada Onondaga Arena (Nedrow, N.Y.)
Thurs. Sept. 24 TBD Medal Round Onondaga Arena (Nedrow, N.Y.)
Fri. Sept. 25 TBD Medal Round Onondaga Arena (Nedrow, N.Y.)
Sat. Sept. 26 TBD Medal Round Onondaga Arena (Nedrow, N.Y.)
Sun. Sept. 27 1 p.m. ET Bronze Medal Game Carrier Dome (Syracuse, N.Y.)
Sun. Sept. 27 4 p.m. ET Gold Medal Game Carrier Dome (Syracuse, N.Y.)


Other 2015 FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championship News (Washington State)

Sept. 22, 2015 Second-half rally leads Team USA with Seattle-area players past England at lacrosse worlds
Sept. 21, 2015 Seattle area prep lacrosse coaches deliver points as U.S. evens world championships record
Aug. 28, 2015 Seattle-area prep coaches named to Team USA roster for World Indoor Lacrosse Championship


About Lacrosse in Washington State
Lacrosse has over 100 years of history in Washington state with clubs playing in the early 1900s and high schools now in their fourth decade of state competition.  With Native American origins, lacrosse is one of the oldest organized sports on the continent and today is considered the fastest growing sport in America.  In Washington state, some 4,000 student-athletes attending over 200 high schools play prep lacrosse, while another 6,000 play lacrosse at the youth, adult and collegiate club levels throughout the state. For more information on high school lacrosse in Washington state visit http://www.WashingtonHSLAX.com.



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