Smoke Helps Iroquois Take Bronze at World Championships, Wallace and Ireland 12th

Smoke Helps Iroquois Take Bronze at World Championships, Wallace and Ireland 12th

NETANYA, Israel - Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse alumnus Taylor Smoke '09 (Hogansburg, N.Y./Vermont Academy) helped the Iroquois Nationals finish in third place among 46 squads during the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Lacrosse Championships on Friday thanks to a 14-12 victory against Australia during the bronze medal game at Wingate Institute.

Fellow alumnus Taylor Wallace '17 (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) and the Ireland National Team took 12th. Only Saturday's gold medal game between the United States and Canada remains in a tournament that began July 11.

A regular contributor on defense at his second straight world championship, Smoke turned in four ground balls during eight games, as the Iroquois held four opponents to single-digit goals. They earned their second straight third-place finish - their only two top-three placements ever at a senior national championship - with the victory over the Aussies in a rematch of the 2014 bronze medal game. After going 3-2 in pool play out of the Blue Division, the toughest of the 14 at the tournament, the Iroquois knocked off Puerto Rico, 14-7, before falling to Canada, 15-4, in a semifinal. The Iroquois, who ended up 5-3 after losing only to Canada twice and the United States once, downed Australia in the third-place game by the narrow 14-12 margin following a 16-9 pool-play triumph.

An all-time-high 46 squads competed at this year's championship, including the Iroquois, who are the national lacrosse team of the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy, and represent more than 125,000 Iroquois living primarily in New York, Ontario and Quebec. Smoke was among 23 men selected for the Iroquois Nationals squad, and among six defenders. During his undergraduate years, Smoke saw time in 58 games as a Purple Knight, recording 93 ground balls as a long-stick midfielder and a defender and causing 25 turnovers.

After missing Ireland's two round-robin games against China and Denmark - both sizeable victories - Wallace returned for the final six games. Out of the midfield, he recorded eight goals, six assists and six ground balls, tying for second on the team in helpers, taking fourth in points (14), and tying for fourth in goals. Wallace's best offensive game came in a 15-7 win over Italy on Monday, when he potted a hat trick with two assists. Ireland ultimately lost the 11th-place game to Scotland, 14-10, on Friday, but Wallace had two goals, two assists and three ground balls. He posted three multi-goal games in six contests, matching his total in 54 games as an undergraduate.

Wallace, who has dual citizenship, saw Ireland go 4-4 during the championship following a 4-0 start. The Irish were well positioned to play for a higher placement, leading England 7-1 during the second quarter on Wednesday before suffering an 11-10 loss, and followed that with a 14-5 setback to Germany on Thursday. Ireland was 12th this year following three consecutive top-10 finishes and a 13th-place debut in 2002 at the quadrennial event. One of 23 men on this year's roster, Wallace had helped Ireland take 11th among 24 countries at the 2016 European Lacrosse Championships during his initial international appearance.

For more information, visit worldlacrosse2018.com, iroquoisnationals.org and main.irelandlacrosse.ie.

Iroquois Nationals
5-3, 3rd Place
#11 Taylor Smoke: 8 games, 1 shot, 4 ground balls, 1 PIM

Thursday, July 12
United States 17, Iroquois Nationals 9 (Box Score)
Smoke - No Stats

Saturday, July 14
Iroquois Nationals 18, England 7 (Box Score)
Smoke - 1 ground ball

Sunday, July 15
Iroquois Nationals 16, Australia 9 (Box Score)
Smoke - 1 shot, 1 PIM

Monday, July 16
Canada 10, Iroquois Nationals 5 (Box Score)
Smoke - No Stats

Tuesday, July 17
Iroquois Nationals 14, Scotland 7 (Box Score)
Smoke - 1 ground ball

Wednesday, July 18
Iroquois Nationals 14, Puerto Rico 7 (Box Score)
*QUARTERFINAL*
Smoke - No Stats

Thursday, July 19
#2 Canada 14, #3 Iroquois Nationals 5 (Box Score)
*SEMIFINAL*
Smoke - 1 ground ball

Friday, July 20
#3 Iroquois Nationals 14, #4 Australia 12 (Box Score)
*BRONZE MEDAL GAME*
Smoke - 1 ground ball


Ireland

4-4, 12th Place
#33 Taylor Wallace: 6 games, 8 goals, 6 assists, 18 shots, 6 ground balls, 1 PIM

Thursday, July 12
Ireland 18, China 3 (Box Score)
Wallace - DNP (Injured)

Saturday, July 14
Ireland 14, Denmark 3 (Box Score)
Wallace - DNP (Injured)

Sunday, July 15
Ireland 12, Latvia 7 (Box Score)
Wallace - 2 goals, 5 shots, 1 ground ball

Monday, July 16
Ireland 15, Italy 7 (Box Score)
Wallace - 3 goals, 2 assists, 5 shots

Tuesday, July 17
Israel 16, Ireland 4 (Box Score)
Wallace - 1 assist, 1 PIM

Wednesday, July 18
England 11, Ireland 10 (Box Score)
Wallace - 1 assist

Thursday, July 19
Germany 14, Ireland 5 (Box Score)
Wallace - 1 goal, 5 shots, 2 ground balls

Friday, July 20
Scotland 14, Ireland 10 (Box Score)
*11th-PLACE GAME*
Wallace - 2 goals, 2 assists, 3 shots, 3 ground balls