Canada crushes Slovakia in world indoor lacrosse opener
Jeff Zywicki scored seven goals as Canada opened the world indoor lacrosse tournament Sunday with a 27-1 rout over Slovakia.
Shawn Evans scored six, Colin Doyle, Rhys Duch and Jordan Hall had three each, Stephan Leblanc added two and Mike Carnegie and Josh Sanderson scored one each.
Canada led 9-0 before Slovakia got its first shot on goalie Anthony Cosmo.
It was 13-0 after one quarter and 16-0 in the second when Brad Vrecko shot over Cosmo's left shoulder for Slovakia's lone goal.
"We know the Slovakians are a developing lacrosse nation," said head coach Ed Comeau. "They played hard and we played hard, and that's what we said we wanted to do.
"We didn't want to disrespect them or the sport so we tried to play hard and give them a good game. I think they played well for the level they're at."
Canada plays Australia on Monday and England on Tuesday.
The winner of the group gets a bye to the Friday semifinals against a top team from the group comprised of the Iroquois Nationals, the United States, the Czech Republic and Ireland.