"I knew we had the right guy for the job before that," Huntley said Sunday morning, "But after that, I really knew."
Asked whether the Red and White played a perfect game on the field after the final whistle, assistant coach Gary Gait said, "Yes, I think we did." It was a sentiment that several around the Canada camp shared they were glad not to have to win a best of seven series vs. lose?
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However, those long possessions were the product, not the cause, of the pace Canada set early vs. First, the Red and White won the opening draw and went to the goal inside of the first minute it seemed like a tone setting possession meant to communicate to the Americans that they weren't afraid to attack.
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In his excellent preview of the gold medal game, Brian Shanahan explainedthat in 1978, the Canadians needed (and got) a miracle in order to beat the Americans. In 2006, Canada was simply a better team. In 2014, they'd need to play a perfect game.
It amounts to a guy that, if someone said he was the key to Canada's hopes (as opposed to leading scorers Mark Matthews and Curtis Dickson) prior to the championship, the response may have been "Uh oh." But that's short sighted. Crowley's been building toward this since transferring from Simon Fraser to Stony Brook, and it might end Nike Metcon 2 Women's Training Shoe Rose Gold
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By an unofficial count (that in this case is closer to a guess), Canada had at least three second half possessions that lasted longer than three minutes, most notably to end the third quarter with Cam Holding's buzzer beating goal.
It meant that there were only five first half face offs (and just 14 in the game), negating Nike Lebron 11 Christmas Ebay the need for depth at the position. It also meant that the Canada defense, particularly Brodie Merrill who looked fatigued at the end of the Iroquois pool play game, were fresh late in the fourth quarter when things got hectic.
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Crowley had just three goals throughout the tournament heading into Saturday night, and had struggled throughout the MLL season, having been traded from Florida to Chesapeake at the trade deadline less than a year after being named the league's MVP. and outscoring his teammates by two.
As the youngest player on Team Canada in 2010 and a late addition after putting together a monster season at Stony Brook, Crowley has sort of been groomed to have the performance he put in on Saturday. He's an interesting player not incredibly fast or agile, but tall and sturdy; not an incredible passer or catcher in traffic, but has excellent stick protection his basketball roots really show through in his game, whether it's a move akin to posting up on the low block or efficiently throwing in a putback.
That issue was exacerbated when John Grant, Jr., was relegated to the sideline on July 4.
With some exception, this Canada roster wasn't star studded. While it may have been more familiar to American fans because so many of the players have NCAA backgrounds, there were no Gaits, Marechek or even established NLL stars like Mark Steenhuis, Dan Dawson, Colin Doyle and Jeff Zywicki. Nike Zoom Fit Womens
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Most importantly, however, it meant that eight goals won the game. That was a number Canada was comfortable getting to.
up being (four years from now, for example) that the struggles prior to his five goals vs. end up looking like the oddest part of his resume.
According to GM Dave Huntley, that's exactly what Mearns did at lunch Saturday, addressing each player individually, "pumping their tires" and telling each guy down to backup goalie Brennan Donville, who came on in relief of an injured Dillon Ward for six minutes what they'd be able to do on the field.
continued to tinker with their identity (especially offensively, though their hand was forced defensively as a result of Jason Noble's injury), and as a result it was very difficult to set expectations for what they'd look like from day to day. I think that's true, but I think that maybe an even more important byproduct of continually tinkering with the system was keeping the Canadian players guessing how high their ceiling actually was.
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With so much youth, some of those guys may grow into resumes like the greats the preceded them, but it was coach Randy Mearns' job to convince them that Saturday night was the first step toward that legacy, and that they were capable of pulling off the upset.
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