Team USA defeated Team Canada 7-5 at the University of Limerick in Limerick, Ireland in Wednesday’s opening matchup of the U21 World Lacrosse Tournament. Of interest to Scarlet Knight fans, Shane Knobloch is playing for Team USA and Ross Scott for Team Canada. Due to the tournament being postponed last season because of the pandemic, tournament officials raised the upper age limit to U21 for 2022.
Wishing good luck to #RUMLax student-athletes Shane Knobloch (@USAMLax) and Ross Scott (@CanadaLacrosse) who will compete at the U-21 Lacrosse World Championship starting this week in Ireland!— Rutgers Men's LAX (@RUmlax) August 9, 2022
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The Rutgers men’s team wrapped up a historic season this past Memorial Day weekend, appearing in their first Final Four before ultimately succumbing to Cornell. Knobloch and Scott both earned All-American honors this past season. Sophomore Knobloch tallied 32 goals and 17 assist while junior Scott racked up 50 goals, 25 assists and 32 ground balls, tying for most single-season goals in RU history.
In Wednesday’s first-round matchup, Scott netted Team Canada’s 5th and final goal while Knobloch tallied an assist for Team USA. Team USA won a whopping 12 of 15 face-offs. Scarlet Knight fans can certainly relate to the struggles of Team Canada. Coach Brecht addressed the issue this offseason by landing Yale face-off specialist transfer Joe Neuman, who has two years of eligibility remaining (more to come on the full transfer class once officially announced).
Opening ceremony of the U21 World Lacrosse Championships in Limerick, Ireland @WorldLacrosse pic.twitter.com/i0s90PXbCg— Joe Tsai (@joetsai1999) August 10, 2022
Thursday Second-round Updates
Both Scott and Knobloch entered the scoring column. Scott tallied 2 goals and 1 assist in Team Canada’s 18-3 rout of Australia and Knobloch scored Team USA’s first goal of the day, as they went on to rout England 17-3.
Team USA is back in action Saturday against Haudenosaunee and Team Canada takes on England Sunday. You can learn more about Haudenosaunee Nation here.
How Teams are Seeded
The 23 teams in Limerick are split into five pools – three groups of five and two groups of four. Pool A features the top ranked teams: USA, Canada, Haudenosaunee, Australia and England. All games are airing on ESPN digital streaming platforms. Pool play will continue through Monday, August 15 and will determine seeding for the playoff brackets. Bracket play begins on Tuesday, August 16, building up to the semifinals on Thursday, August 18 and the medal games on Saturday, August 20, with the championship match set for 7 p.m. - Courtesy of Rutgers Athletics