According to the World Lacrosse Championships website on Monday, Curtis Dickson of the Calgary Roughnecks was one of three Canadians to register a hat trick in a 20-3 Canada triumph over Japan at the World Lacrosse Championships in Denver, Colorado. Dickson, a native of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia scored three goals, while Mark Mathews of the Edmonton Rush scored five goals and Jeremy Noble of the Major Lacrosse League's Denver Outlaws had four goals.
With the victory, Team Canada improves to 3-1 and are in a second place tie with the Iroquois Nationals. However Canada has the tie breaker with the Iroquois because Canada won their head-to-head meeting Sunday evening by a score of 9-8.
It is a return to the World Lacrosse Championships in 2014 for the Iroquois Nationals. At the 2010 World Lacrosse Championships in Manchester, England, British authorities would not accept the tribunal passports of the Iroquois and the team could not enter Great Britain. The Iroquois Nationals were then forced to forfeit all of their games.
The Canadians completely dominated the Japanese on Monday. They scored six times each in the first and second quarters and then four goals each in the third and fourth quarters. Calgary native Geoff Snider of the Calgary Roughnecks did not register a point, but did lead Canada by collecting six loose balls and winning 11 of 15 faceoffs.
Canada also dominated the shots on goal category. Canada had 41 shots, compared to Japan's 19. The shots on goal totals in the second and fourth quarters were rather close however. In the second quarter, Canada outshot Japan 8-7 and in the fourth quarter Canada outshot Japan 9-7.
Canada closes out the round robin with a game against Australia Tuesday evening. Game time is 8 p.m. MT and can be seen on TSN2.