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Dickson leads Canada to win at World Lacrosse Championship

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According to the World Lacrosse Championship website, Curtis Dickson of the Calgary Roughnecks led Canada in points with eight as Canada trounced England 23-3 at the 2014 World Lacrosse Championships in Denver, Colorado. With the victory, Canada evened its record to 1-1 after losing 10-7 in their opening game on Thursday.

Dickson, a forward, who has played the last four seasons with the Roughnecks in the National Lacrosse League, was the co-leader for Canada with five goals (tied with Adam Jones of the Colorado Mammoth), and the co-leader for Canada with three assists (tied with Mark Matthews of the Edmonton Rush). Dickson, a 25 year-old native of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, also led team Canada with nine shots on goal.

It was also a big game for another Roughneck, in transition player Geoff Snider of Calgary. Snider, who is a faceoff specialist, won 18 of 21 draws and collected a game high nine loose balls.

With the victory, Canada moved into third place in the Blue Division and are now tied with Australia. They will next play the Iroquois Nationals on Sunday evening.

Canada is trying to win their third World Lacrosse Championships. They previously won in 1978 in Stockport, England and then again in 2006 in London, Ontario. Both times they defeated the United States. The first time by a score of 17-16 in overtime and the second time by a score of 15-10.

The World Lacrosse Championships, which are played outdoors, have been hosted every four years since 1974. The first World Lacrosse Championship was held in Toronto with the United States defeating Australia 25-11 in the championship game.

The rest of Canada's round robin games will be shown on TSN2. After playing the Iroquois on Sunday, Canada will play Japan on Monday (2 p.m.) and Australia on Tuesday (8 p.m.).

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