FIL World Championships Rewind: Statistical Recap

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We take a look at some of the players that really stood out in each stat category throughout this years FIL World Championships.

During the 2018 FIL World Lacrosse Championships we saw some pretty spectacular team performances day in and day out. In addition to team performances we saw some great individual performances that included goals, saves, and assist. So, who were the top performers in each statistical category according to the World Championship stats?

Goals

Staring out with the most glamorous stat in the game, goals. There was no shortage of goals in Israel as a ton of guys in this tournament were able to score a plethora of goals. 

1. Klaus Hauer - Austria

Austrian attackman Klaus Hauer impressed many as he was able to pull off some great performances in Israel. Hauer would finish the tournament as the leading goal scorer with a grand total of 30. With Hauer leading the way Austrai finished 24th with an overall record of 3-5.

Game by Game:

L 11-7 vs Finland - 4 goals
W 13-7 vs Colombia - 6 goals
W 12-10 vs Spain - 4 goals
W12-8 vs Poland - 7 goals
L 9-5 vs Wales - 3 goals
L 16-5 vs Norway - 0 goals
L 10-7 vs Netherlands - 3 goals
L 11-9 vs Slovakia - 3 goals

2. Alexander Weber - Argentina 

Plying for Argentina Weber would have some great performances as he finished the tournament with 27 goals. Behind the goal scoring of Weber Argentina would finish with a 4-4 record and sitting in 29th place.

Game by Game:

L 13-5 vs Sweden - 3 goals
W 14-6 vs Hungary - 5 goals
W 12-8 vs Czech Rep. - 2 goals
L 12-9 vs Greece - 3 goals
L 10-9 vs Slovakia - 3 goals
L 11-4 vs Sweden - 0 goals
W 16-12 vs Spain - 6 goals
W 12-8 vs Belgium - 5 goals

3. Tyler Chin - China

Playing for China Chin would started off slow but would end up having a great tournament as he put up a total of 27 goals. With Chin leading the offense China would finish in 42nd place with a 2-5 record. 

Game by Game:

L 18-3 vs Ireland - 0 goals
L 14-4 vs Denmark - 1 goal
L13-12 vs Turkey - 7 goals
L 15-14 vs Mexico - 4 goals
W 14-6 vs Colombia - 5 goals
W 15-10 vs Croatia - 6 goals
L 8-7 vs Taiwan - 4 goals

4. Kyle Baker - Belgium

The Belgian attackman would light up the scoreboard as he was able to put up a total of 25 points during the tournament. Baker would lead the way offensively as Belgium finished 30th with an overall record of 4-4. 

Game by Game:

L 15-8 vs Czech Rep. - 0 goals
L 11-4 vs Philippines - 3 goals
W 7-6 vs Colombia - 1 goal
W 12-7 vs Turkey - 6 goals
W 17-8 vs Korea - 8 goals
L 10-8 vs Czech Rep, - 1 goal
W 12-11 vs Poland - 3 goals
L vs 12-8 vs Argentina - 3 goals

5. Ryan Brown - USA

Ryan Brown was noting short of spectacular during this tournament. He seemed to be eating up defenses each and every game. Brown is known as the best shooter in the world and he lived up to it in Israel as he had 25 goals. Brown would help the USA capture a Gold Medal finish. 

Game by Game:

W 17-9 vs Iroquois - 4 goals
W 19-1 vs Australia - 3 goals
W11-10 vs Canada - 3 goals
W 18-2 vs Scotland - 6 goals
W 19-2 vs England - 4 goals
W 14-5 vs Australia - 2 goals
W 9-8 vs Canada - 3 goals

6. Nate Lewnes - Greece

Lewnes was by far one of the best players in this tournament. As the only MLL player on the Greece roster he really was the x-factor in the offense. Lewnes would finish the tournament with 25 goals. Greece did pretty good in their inaugural championships as they finished in 19th place with an overall record of 4-3. 

Game by Game:

W 13-8 vs Mexico - 7 goals
L 10-9 vs Latvia - 2 goals
W 12-9 vs Argentina - 4 goals
L 11-4 vs Jamaica - 2 goals 
W 12-11 vs New Zealand - 7 goals
L 14-9 vs Latvia - 2 goals
W 8-6 vs Switzerland - 1 goal

7. Ege Zeybek - Turkey

Playing for Turkey Zeybek would be put into a leadership role as the youngest player on the team. Zeybek accepted that role graciously and really made some noise as he put up 22 goals throughout the tournament. Turkey would finish in 43rd with an overall record of 1-6. 

Game by Game:

L 16-8 vs Italy - 2 goals
L 18-11 vs Peru - 6 goals
W 13-12 vs China - 7 goals
L 12-7 vs Belgium - 3 goals
L 14-8 vs Mexico - 2 goals
L 15-9 vs Taiwan - 1 goal
L 15-8 vs Croatia - 1 goal

8. Paul Simpson - Wales

Simpson had a good tournament playing for Wales as he lead that offense. He was able to get 21 goals on the tournament. Wales would get a a 14th place finish as they had an overall record of 6-2. 

Game by Game:

W 8-4 vs Bermuda - 3 goals
L 16-4 vs Puerto Rico - 0 goals
W 17-1 vs Uganda - 5 goals
W 9-5 vs Netherlands - 2 goals
W 9-5 vs Austria - 2 goals
W 10-9 vs Latvia - 3 goals
W 15-4 vs Italy - 3 goals
L 10-7 vs Jamaica - 3 goals

9. Kevin Lewis - Puerto Rico

It would be a breakout inaugural year for Puerto Rico and Kevin Lewis would have a great performance. Lewis would end the tournament with 21 goals. Puerto Rico would get an 8th place finish and a 5-3 record in their first world championships.

Game by Game:

W 16-4 vs Wales - 4 goals
W 18-3 vs Bermuda - 5 goals
W 13-1 vs New Zealand - 3 goals
W 14-9 vs Germany - 6 goals
W 14-9 vs Japan - 3 goals
L 14-7 vs Iroquois - 0 goals
L 11-4 vs England - 0 goals
L 12-1 vs Israel - 0 goals

10. Corey Mcmahon - Ireland

Mcmahon was one of the offensive leaders on this Ireland team in Israel. He had a great showing as he was able to net 21 goals throughout the tournament. Ireland would finish in 12th place with an overall record of 4-4.

Game by Game:

W 18-3 vs China - 4 goals
W 14-3 vs Denmark - 6 goals
W 12-7 vs Latvia - 2 goals
W 15-7 vs Italy - 3 goals
L 16-4 vs Israel - 3 goals
L 11-10 vs England - 2 goals
L 14-5 vs Germany - 0 goals
L 14-10 vs Scotland - 1 goal


Assist

While there were a lot of goals scored there were also a ton of assist dished out to get those goals. Trust me, there were a ton of guys that were able to get a lot of assist during this tournament. 

1. Paul Simpson - Wales

Making the list for assist as well as goals Simpson had a great tournament with Wales. Simpson did more than just score as he dished out 18 assist for the tournament to make him the 2018 assist leader. Wales would get a a 14th place finish as they had an overall record of 6-2. 

Game by Game:

W 8-4 vs Bermuda - 1 assist
L 16-4 vs Puerto Rico - 0 assist
W 17-1 vs Uganda - 5 assist
W 9-5 vs Netherlands - 2 assist
W 9-5 vs Austria - 2 assist
W 10-9 vs Latvia - 4 assist
W 15-4 vs Italy - 2 assist
L 10-7 vs Jamaica - 2 assist

2. Christopher Zarins - Latvia

Playing for Latvia Zarins would be able to dish out a whole host of assist in that offense. Zarins would be able to record 17 assist throughout the tournament. Latvia would have an impressive performance as they finished 18th overall with a 5-3 record.

Game by Game:

W 13-10 vs Mexico - 1 assist
W 10-9 vs Greece - 2 assist
L 7-12 vs Ireland - 2 assist
W 13-9 vs Sweden - 2 assist
W 9-8 vs Norway - 2 assist
L 10-9 vs Wales - 2 assist
W 14-9 vs Greece - 1 assist
L 10-9 vs Norway - 5 assist

3. Edward Frost - Ireland

Frost would have a great tournament with Ireland as he gave them a boos on offense. Frost would end the tournament with a grand total of 15 assist. Ireland would end up finishing in 12th place with a 4-4 record.

Game by Game:

W 18-3 vs China - 4 assist
W 14-3 vs Denmark - 3 assist
W 12-7 vs Latvia - 3 assist
W 15-7 vs Italy - 4 assist
L 16-4 vs Israel - 0 assist
L 11-10 vs England - 0 assist
L 14-5 vs Germany - 1 assist
L 14-10 vs Scotland - 0 assist

4. Stephen Edward O'Brein - Hong Kong

Playing for Hong Kong O'Brein would help lead lead Hong Kong's offense through their impressive run in Israel. O'Brein would end the tournament with 14 assist. Hong Kong had a great tournament as they finished in 27th place with a 5-3 record.

Game by Game: 

W 20-1 vs Luxembourg - 2 assist
W 9-7 vs Poland - 1 assist
W 16-1 vs Uganda - 0 assist
L 12-4 vs Germany - 0 assist
L 11-9 vs New Zealand - 2 assist
W 16-5 vs Poland - 4 assist
L 8-9 vs Czech Rep. - 1 assist
W 15-5 vs Hungary - 4 assist

5. Pavel Dosly - Czech Republic 

Dosly had a good tournament playing for the Czech Republic. He would finish the tournament with a grand total of 14 assist to help aide that Czech offense. Czech Republic would finish in 26th place with a 4-3 record overall.

Game by Game:
W 15-8 vs Belgium - 4 assist
L 11-6 vs Philippines - 1 assist
L 12-8 vs Argentina - 1 assist
W 14-7 vs France - 3 assist
W 10-8 vs Belgium - 0 assist
W 9-8 vs Hong Kong - 4 assist
L 9-7 vs Sweden - 1 assist

Saves

There were many goalies that had great performances in this tournament. However, some of these goalie stats aren't very accurate so some guys may have done better or worse than the stats show. For that reason I am only going over the top three goalies and in no particular order.


1. Dillon Ward - Canada

Personally, I think Dillon Ward is the best goalie in the world as he seems to dominate in box and field. He had another great performance for Canada, who finished 2nd, as he had 74 saves throughout this tournament. His best game would come against the Iroquois where he had 24 saves to literally lead Canada to the win.

2. Alec Gastony - Mexico

Gastony really played well for Mexico in cage during this tournament. As Mexico finished in 38th place with a 4-4 record Gastony would rack up 77 saves throughout the week in Israel. 

3. Kristofers Doktors - Latvia

Playing for Latvia Doktors had a great showing in cage during this tournament. He would help anchor that Latvia defense with 85 total saves. Latvia would have an impressive performance as they finished 18th overall with a 5-3 record.


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