They were oh-so-close yet again.
The Iroquois Nationals got to the championship game at the world indoor (box) lacrosse championships last week, but were defeated by Canada 13-6 in the gold-medal contest, ICTMN reports.
The Canadian team has defeated the Iroquois twice before in the championship game – making the silver medal even that much harder to swallow.
It’s been a year since the team was prevented from traveling to England because the country would not accept their tribal passports.
As for this year, officials from both the Czech Republic and Switzerland—where the Iroquois Nationals had connecting flights to Prague—allowed team members to travel with their Haudenosaunee passports.
“That was amazing,” Jemison said. “That was certainly appreciated and we thank the Czech Republic officials for all they did for us. “The Iroquois Nationals were on a roll at the eight-team tournament in Prague, up until they squared off against the Canadians in the gold-medal tilt.
The team thumped Ireland 23-3 in its opener and followed that up with a convincing 25-5 triumph over the host Czechs. The Iroquois Nationals then edged the United States 11-10 in their final round-robin contest.
Then, another meeting with the Czechs ensued, and the Iroquois Nationals won that battle 19-6 to earn a spot in the championship final. Iroquois Nationals’ coach Duane Jacobs believes the better team did win the final.
“You look at (Canada’s) lineup and they had all pro players,” he said. “We had half.”
Like Jemison, Jacobs said team members are not content with their second-place finish.
“I don’t think anybody is satisfied getting the silver,” he said. “But it is what it is and we move on.”
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