SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Mark Matthews scored five goals as Canada rallied to beat the Iroquois Nationals 11-9 in its world indoor lacrosse championship opener on Sunday.

Shawn Evans, Zack Greer, Curtis Dickson, Chris Corbeil, Dan Dawson and Jordan MacIntosh supplied the rest of the Canadian offence. 

Hiana Thompson led the Nationals with a pair of goals. Miles Thompson, Lyle Thompson, Wenster Green, Craig Point, Johnny Powless, Randy Staats and Jeff Shattler rounded out the attack.

Aaron Bold turned aside 34 shots for the win in net. Angus Goodleaf made 36 saves for the Iroquois.

Canada next plays the Czech Republic on Monday.

The Canadian Press