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July 19, 2014
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The 2014 FIL World Championships concluded Saturday night at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. as Canada emerged victorious, 8-5, over the United States. Nittany Lion men's head coach Jeff Tambroni, 2006 graduate Greg Gurenlian and 2009 graduate Drew Adams represented the American squad that earned silver.
In the championship game, Canada grinded out a 3-1 halftime lead, eventually scoring five straight after halftime to open an 8-2 advantage. Despite three straight U.S. tallies in the fourth quarter, the rally fell short and the Canadians earned its third gold medal.
Gurenlian was the second-best face-off specialist by winning percentage (.811) as he won 60 of 74 draws. Gurenlian notched two assists and collected 38 ground balls for his effort.
Adams appeared in four of seven contests, earning a 3.79 goals-against average and a .600 save percentage in nearly 211 minutes of action. Adams finished his first world games appearance with 15 saves and four ground balls.
Earlier on Saturday, rising senior Matt Sexton (Niskayuna, N.Y.) notched his third goal of the tournament to lead the English National Team to fifth place with a 15-13 win over Scotland. Sexton played in all eight games for England with a start against Israel on Thursday. Sexton finished with three goals, three assists, six points and five ground balls.
Penn State assistant coach Chris Doctor guided the Iroquois Nationals to their best finish ever, third, when they defeated Australia, 16-6, Saturday afternoon. The Iroquois went 3-2 in pool play before falling in the semifinals to Canada and winning the bronze medal.
David Washo, a 2001 graduate, appeared in the first five games for Slovakia, scoring seven goals, two assists and nine points. The Slovakians competed in their first World Championship as 38 nations in all took part in the event.