Benesch leads Canada past England 19-2 at world indoor lacrosse championships

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ONONDAGA NATION, N.Y. — Ryan Benesch scored five times and added an assist as Canada beat England 19-2 on Wednesday at the world indoor lacrosse championships.

Shawn Evans had three goals and 10 assists as the Canadians improved to 4-0 in the round-robin portion of the tournament. Dhane Smith and Curtis Dickson both had hat tricks, while Adam Jones struck twice. Stephan Leblanc, Brad Self and Kyle Rubisch rounded out the attack. Brandon Miller stopped 14 shots for the win in net.

“It was another great game from everybody,” said Benesch. “We kept our feet moving, got some good scoring looks and, fortunately, I got a few more goals.”

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Dickson, back in the lineup after sitting for two games with what was described as a lower body injury, was glad to have the chance to get back on the floor.

“It was nice to get back out there, especially with the medal round coming up,” said Dickson. “I wanted to get out there and get my feet back under me and get some game exposure before we get into the serious games.”

Canada will play in the semifinals on Friday against an opponent still to be determined.

Cole Shafer scored both of England’s (0-4) goals. Nick Rose turned aside 39 shots in the first three quarters of play before giving way to Eliot Pugh, who stopped nine shots.

The Canadian Press

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