The 2018 FIL World Lacrosse Championship is over, and the Swarm players who participated are coming back with some brand-new bling. Seven Swarm men traveled to Netanya, Israel and played against teams from all over the world over a 10-day stretch, creating memories and relationships to last a lifetime.
46 countries participated in the event, and the games were aired live on ESPN, 160 of them exclusive to ESPN+. Marquee matchups were aired on ESPN2 and ESPNU.
The Championship game came down to the two favorites to win the tournament, USA and Canada, meeting for the sixth time in the Finals since 1998. In 2014, Canada won its third Championship with an 8-5 win.
Things were different this tournament. USA won both of its contests against Canada this year, and they were rough games filled with hard hits and impossible goals, or what was to be expected from the best two lacrosse teams in the world.
The Championship game had Canada with an 8-7 lead with under four minutes to go. USA’s Ryan Brown tied things up near the three-min. mark. The game looked like it would go to overtime when Tom Schreiber connected off a quick pass from Rob Pannell in the final seconds and netted the game-winner.
Iroquois finished bronze for the second-straight Worlds, and Australia repeated with a fourth-place finish. England finished fifth, Japan sixth, host-nation Israel ended the tournament in seventh, and first-time participant Puerto Rico placed eight.
The World Lacrosse Championship was filled with awesome lacrosse, and we’re proud of our players and all they accomplished across the world. Congratulations, all!
Lyle Thompson, Miles Thompson, Jerome Thompson, Randy Staats, and Warren Hill played against Australia to decide who went home with the bronze. The team managed to outlast Australia’s onslaught in the second half of the game, and won 14-12. Staats netted three goals, and Hill made 16 saves.
Jason Noble was the sole Swarm player to make Canada’s deep roster, but his defensive abilities made an impact and helped create the defensive battle that was the Championship game. In his second trip to the Worlds, Noble earned silver with Canada.
The only Swarm player to crack USA’s roster, Joel White helped ensure the Championship game was a defensive battle between USA and Canada. With the USA winning 9-8 in the last seconds, White comes home with the gold.