ONONDAGA NATION, N.Y. — Ryan Benesch scored six goals as Canada defeated the United States 18-7 on Tuesday night at the world indoor lacrosse championship.
Canada (3-0) has its final first round game against England on Wednesday and will play in the semifinal on Friday against an opponent yet to be determined.
Dhane Smith had a hat trick for Canada, while Zack Greer, Chris Corbeil and Jordan MacIntosh had two goals apiece. Mark Matthews scored once.
“We played an all-around pretty good team game,” said Benesch. “Like coach said, our defence played amazing and (Matt) Vinc was great in net. Guys were moving their feet, moving the ball like we always preach and lanes opened up. Guys were getting good looks at the net and burying them when we got our chances.”
The United States (2-2) awaits a Thursday quarter-finals opponent.
Benesch did most of his scoring from in front of the American net, braving hits from their punishing defence.
Canada led 5-3 after one quarter, 10-6 after two, and 14-6 after three.
The U.S. had a 43-40 edge in shots on goal.
“The U.S. played real hard,” said head coach Ed Comeau. “We expected them to give us a good game. There are lots of National Lacrosse League-calibre players on that roster and guys that want to be in the National Lacrosse League.
“They played tough defensively and took advantage of some chances early. … We’re happy to get through that one.”
The Canadian Press