O’Dea’s Snider leads U.S. past Ireland, into world lacrosse semifinals

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Luck was on the side of the O’Dea High School lacrosse coach Drew Snider on Thursday as the former Washington state prep All American delivered seven points on the way to helping lead Team USA to a berth in the semifinals of the of the 2015 FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championships, with a 22-2 quarterfinal pounding Ireland at Onondaga Arena in upstate New York.

The U.S. jumped out to a 4 – 0 lead capped by a Jeff Ratcliffe goal with an assist by Snider just 5:32 into the contest before Ireland finally got on the board. Just over six minutes later the Seattle-raised midfielder for the MLL Denver Outlaws and former Maryland Terrapin set up Kevin Buchanan for the first of 10 unanswered U.S. scores to close out the half at 14 – 1.

Snider, who is making is international box-lacrosse debut, finished the contest with a tournament-high four goals including his first with 8:14 to go in the half that made it 10 – 1 for the Americans. He answered just over six minutes into the second half with his second of the night making it 16 – 1. He later hit back-to-back scores in late in the third that eventually put the U.S. up 19 – 1.

“I’m still feelin’ it out,” Snider told Lacrosse Magazine of the indoor brand of lacrosse. “The coaching staff and my teammates have helped me out a lot.

“It was a good team win. It started with our defense shutting them down and getting us the ball so we could go to work,” added Snider who joined American Casey Powell as the game’s goals leader. Powell led all scorers with 11 points (4g, 7a).

The U.S dominated every aspect of the contest outshooting Ireland 80 – 47 while holding the Irish to just three faceoff wins while earning 25 of their own. Outhustling the Irish, the U.S. grabbed 77 of 124 ground balls to maintain the advantage in possession.

Former Issaquah High School goaltender David Mather started the contest between the U.S. pipes. Playing through the midpoint of the third quarter, Mather made 12 saves stopping 92 percent of shots fired his way.

Eastlake High School lacrosse coach Chris O’Dougherty grabbed two loose balls but didn’t figure in the scoring.

For Ireland, Stephen Keogh and Kevin Owens had single goals.

With the win, the U.S. advances to a semifinal matchup with an Iroquois a squad that defeated the Americans 13 – 9 to open tournament play on Friday. The game gets underway at 7:30 p.m. ET (4:30 p.m. PT) Friday from Onondaga Arena. In the other semifinal, defending world champion Canada takes on Israel at 4:30 p.m. ET (1:30 p.m. PT).

“We’re focusing on specific things we want to do,” Snider told Lacrosse Magazine. “If we stick to the game plan and all goes well, we do have a chance. We went into the fourth quarter of the first game only down 8-7. We kind of had a mental lapse and the game got out of our hands. They’re a talented squad but we’re going to do our best to muck it up and give ’em a go.”

The semifinal winners advance to Sunday’s gold-medal game at 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT), while the losers play for the bronze Sunday at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT). Both games take place at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.

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. On Monday the U.S. defeated England 13 – 9 before concluding opening-round play with an 18 – 7 Wednesday’s loss to Canada.

The U.S. won the bronze medal the last time the world championship was contested in 2011.

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 W 22-2 Quarterfinals – Ireland Onondaga Arena (Nedrow, N.Y.)
Fri. Sept. 25 7:30 p.m. ET Semifinals – Iroquois 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. 24, 2015 U.S., Seattle-area players face Ireland in today’s world indoor lacrosse quarterfinals
Sept. 23, 2015

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

 

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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