Team USA rebounds to win fourth straight world indoor lacrosse bronze

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Team USA rebounded to capture the bronze medal at the 2015 FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championships easily downing Israel 15 – 4, Sunday, at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.

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Former Issaquah High School goaltender David Mather (right) heads back to the cage after a break in Sunday’s bronze-medal game of the 2015 FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championships in Syracuse, N.Y. (Photo: Greg Wall / Lacrosse Magazine)

It was the fourth consecutive world indoor lacrosse bronze for an American squad that for the first time had three Seattle-area players on its roster and was still stinging from Friday’s 17 – 10 semifinal loss to Iroquois.

“It’s not hard (to get team motivated after a loss). These guys are such competitors,” U.S. head coach Tony Resch told Lacrosse Magazine following a contest where his squad outshot Israel 39 – 24 in the first, eventually throwing 73 – 64 at its opponent’s cage to set the tone of the game.

In its first matchup of the tournament with Israel, which entered the medal round on top of Group Green play with a 2 – 1 record, the U.S. dominated early winning eight first-half faceoffs on the way to a 14 – 9 advantage.

O’Dea lacrosse coach and former Washington state prep All-American Drew Snider connected for a single goal in his first venture into international play with the third of a four-goal U.S. run with 3:06 to go in the first half. The former Maryland Terrapins’ goal made it 8 – 2 in favor of the Americans on the way to a 9 – 2 half-time lead.

Snider finished the tournament with five goals and five assists for 10 points in three games along with 19 shots and 13 loose balls.

In the second, the U.S. scored six of eight goals in the half including three straight to close-out the game and give the American team its hardware.

“We wanted to be warming up right now playing in the gold medal game, that was our No. 1 goal,” Resch said. “But our guys just come to the locker room and when it’s time to hit the floor, they give everything they have.”

Former Issaquah High School goaltender David Mather wrapped up his inaugural indoor world championships playing all but 10 minutes and 36 seconds of the contest, racking-up 19 saves while giving up just four goals for an 83 percent save percentage.

For the tournament, Mather gave up 35 goals and made 80 saves, tallying a 70 percent save percentage over five games.

Eastlake High School lacrosse coach Chris O’Dougherty finished the game grabbing three loose balls but did not figure in the scoring.   The former Rutgers defender had one goal and 23 loose balls in seven tournament games.

Kevin Buchanan led all scorers for the U.S. with four goals and four assists for eight points. Bryan Hopper and Kyle Bergman each had two scores for Israel.

The win over Israel marked the fourth consecutive tournament that U.S. has earned a podium trip. Team USA also won the bronze in 2011, 2007 and 2003.

The U.S. opened FIL World Championship play last 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, Sept. 18. Last Monday the U.S. defeated England 13 – 9 before concluding opening-round play with an 18 – 7 loss to Canada on Wednesday. In the medal round, the U.S. dominated Ireland 22 – 2 in Thursday’s quarterfinals before dropping its bid for a gold-medal-game appearance with a 17 – 10 semifinal loss to Iroquois on Friday.

In the gold-medal game, Canada defeated Iroquois 12 – 8 to win its fourth-consecutive world indoor lacrosse title.

Iroquois finished as runner-up for the fourth-consecutive year.

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 L 17 – 10 Semifinals – Iroquois Onondaga Arena (Nedrow, N.Y.)
Sun. Sept. 27 W 15 – 4 Israel – U.S. wins bronze Carrier Dome (Syracuse, N.Y.)


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

Sept. 28, 2015 Team USA falls to Iroquois, plays Sunday for world indoor lacrosse bronze
Sept. 24, 2015 O’Dea’s Snider leads U.S. past Ireland, into world lacrosse semifinals
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

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