Former Coquitlam Jr. Adanac Mark Matthews scored three goals and added four assists to lead Canada to a 16-6 win over the United States in their opening game at the World Indoor Lacrosse Championships in Langley on Thursday.
Coquitlam’s Robert Church was one of two Canadian players to score six points and former Sr. Adanac had a goal and four assists.
Church broke open a 1-1 tie midway through the first period when he scored the first of six straight goals for the Canadian side. They finished the frame ahead 7-2.
By the end of the night, eight different players scored goals for Canada, and 11 had at least a single point.
Canada outshot the U.S., 52-42.
In other games at the 20-team tournament that runs until Sept. 28: Australia defeated Costa Rica, 20-1; Slovakia beat Scotland, 24-14; Finland bested Austria, 20-5; Serbia edged Switzerland, 8-6; the Iroquois Nationals thumped Israel, 17-6; Czech Republic crushed Mexico, 29-6; and 17th-ranked Netherlands upset sixth-seed Ireland, 11-8.
Canada plays England this afternoon, 4:30 p.m., at the Langley Events Centre.