After more than 140 games at the 2014 World Lacrosse Championships, the tournament will conclude on Saturday the same way it began last week. The United States and Canada will resume their decades-long rivalry and compete for the World Championship Shield at Dick's Sporting Goods Park at 7:00pm.
In their first meeting on Day One, Canada earned an early 3-0 lead before the Americans scored eight unanswered goals en route to a 10-7 USA win. While the United States hasn't been tested in a close game since then, the Canadians played in two tough games against the Iroquois Nationals, including Thursday's semifinal. Team Canada rallied from 4-1 in the first half to beat the Iroquois 12-6 in the second semifinal game, while the United States cruised to a 22-3 win over Australia earlier in the day.
"This is pretty special," said defenseman (and Denver native) Lee Zink. "This is the second step in the process. The first step was getting the No. 1 seed (in the elimination round), the second step was winning this semifinal game, and the third step is to win the championship. That's our goal."
Team USA will be favored in the match-up, but the Canadians will have a strong fan presence in the stadium for the final game. Nine players on Canada's roster have experience playing collegiate or professional lacrosse in Denver, with many of those same players keeping permanent residences in Denver.
"This city has been awesome," said Canadian attack Curtis Dickson. "This is my first year here playing (for the Denver Outlaws) and these fans have been unbelievable. It's going to be packed here on Saturday."
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