The Nationals were 5-3 overall, defeating Australia in their final game to secure a bronze medal. The result was their best ever finish.
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Up by a pair of goals at the halftime break on a relentlessly sunny and hot day on the turf outside of Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, the Nationals went on a big run to close out the victory, scoring ten of the final 12 goals in the contest and gobbling up large sections of clock as the time wound down in the fourth quarter.
“Basically, we just opened it up [in the second half] and started hammering down the alleys with our middies and that seemed to really wear them down,” head coach Steve Beville said. “Obviously we’ve got a lot of skilled guys, so we knew we would be able to score.”
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Anson Carter led Australia’s scorers with four goals.
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“Once we got down we were a little tight, and your mind starts to go to some bad places,” admitted veteran Brodie Merrill.
Merrill and his long-stick defense crew proved to be a key part of the rebound effort in a 12-6 come-from-behind victory on Thursday night before a pro-Iroquois crowd of 7,889 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. After surrendering four first-quarter goals: a pair by Lyle Thompson, another by Miles Thompson, and the opening goal by Randy Staats, the Canadian defense did not allow a goal until 15:23 remained in the final quarter.
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