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It didn’t happen, but Hiana continues to play lacrosse and coaches up on Akwesasne. His path was the focus of Lukas Korver’s documentary titled The Medicine Game, but it’s a story that continues to develop. Hiana’s presence on the Iroquois Nationals, along with his three brothers — Jeremy and this year’s co-Tewaaraton winners Miles and Lyle — is a unique opportunity beyond compare in sports.
“It’s just pretty exciting to be able to go out there and play in front of the world, in front of everybody — our people, with all three of my brothers,” Hiana said. “It just feels good.”
After opening up the tournament Friday night with a strong defensive showing in a 15-4 win over England, the Iroquois offense exploded after what seemed like a slow start.
The Iroquois got out to a 3-0 lead with 11:12 left in the first, with Miles Thompson putting up a goal and two assists, both of those feeds on goals by Cody Jamieson. The Japanese responded with three straight goals, and after Jamieson scored his third with 2:45 left in the first, Japan tied the score at 4-4 with 32 seconds left in the quarter.
In the nightcap, the long-awaited debut of the Iroquois team, participating for the first time in FIL senior men’s play since 2006, was a tight affair at the start but soon exploded as the Nationals turned a 2-1 second-quarter deficit into a 7-2 halftime lead on the way to a 15-4 victory.
Much like the Team USA and Canada opener a night earlier, the Iroquois and England seemed to take a while to find themselves throughout the first and most of the second quarter.
England was able to get out to an early 1-0 lead on Sam Russell’s first goal. The Iroquois would answer just a couple minutes later with Lyle Thompson’s first of three goals on the night and the score would stay tied at 1-1 through the first.