By Josiah Kaan, Denver Outlaws Writer
The USA National Team opened up the 2010 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships with a comanding 21-5 victory over Australia.
Midfielder Max Seibald led all scorers in the game with five goals, while the ever elusive Attackman Brendan Mundorf chipped in five points of his own off three goals and two assists.Six US players scored two or more goals in the contest.
Seibald and Mundorf opened up the game for the US with three unanswered goals between the two of them, before Australia was able to get on the board near the seventh minute. Team USA closed out the first quarter on a four-goal scoring rampage, in which Seibald and Mundorf struck again, to end the opening quarter with a score of 7-1.
The men from down under opened up the second quarter off Carter Anson's second goal of the game. Anson's goal was the sole spark of life from the Aussies in the quarter, as the Yanks went on a six-goal scoring run, with six different scorers, during the remainder of the quarter to send the contest into halftime with the score totalling 13-2 for the US.
Australia gave the US its best quarter of the game in the third, scoring two goals to America's three. Australia struck first in the third quarter but the United States answered Australia's third goal with its fourth scoring streak of the game, netting three goals (two coming from Outlaws Drew Westervelt and Seibald) against a stiffened Aussie defense. Australia brought the thrid quarter to a close with Anson's hat-trick goal of the contest, bringing the score to 16-4 headed into the fourth quarter.
Team USA would not be denied a tournament-opening win, putting the game far out of the reach of Australia with a four-goal onslaught to open up the fourth-quarter scoring. Anson put away his fourth goal of the contest to temporarily stop the bleeding but the US had one more goal in them, shattering Australia's hopes of beating tournament favorite USA.
With the confidence-boosting 21-5 victory under its belt, the US will face defending-champions Canada on Super-Saturday, which features the best match-ups of pool play, at 12:30 p.m. MT July 17th.
For all of the 2010 FIL World Championships scores, schedules and results, click HERE.
To view the USA National Team and World Championship games live via webcast or to view archived footage, click HERE.