NETANYA, Israel — The United States opened the second half with five straight goals and dominated the final 40 minutes of play to beat the Iroquois Nationals 17-9 in its opening game at the 2018 Federation of International Lacrosse Men's World Championship.

"Playing a game like this where you get knocked back a little bit, you find out what kind of character you have," said U.S. team head coach John Danowski.

The Iroquois, which arrived in Israel earlier in the day due to passport travel delays, jumped out a 3-0 lead less than seven minutes into the game and withstood several first half U.S. rallies to take a 7-5 halftime lead.

After falling behind 3-0, the U.S. got consecutive goals from Matt Danowski, Jordan Wolf and Rob Pannell to tie the game with 6:29 left in the opening quarter.

Lyle Thompson converted an extra man goal to put the Iroquois back on top and Randy Staats stretched the lead to two late in the quarter. The U.S. again tied the game as John Haus scored with just three seconds left in the first quarter and then Ryan Brown scored early in the second quarter to make it 5-5.

That would be the last U.S. goal of the half. Thompson and Staats again scored for the Nationals and they went into the locker rooms with a 7-5 lead.

Fueled by Trevor Baptiste's dominance on faceoffs and a sharp shooting offense, the U.S. came out clicking on all cylinders in the second half. Pannell scored back to back-to-back goals in the opening four minutes to tie the game and then the U.S. took its first lead of the game as Pannell fed Brown for a goal that made it 8-7 just over five minutes into the half.

The U.S. run eventually reached five goals and they never trailed again.

Baptiste won 17-of-19 faceoffs in the game, including five straight to start the second half, and Pannell (3g, 4a) and Brown (4g) powered the offense. Matt Danowski, Marcus Holman, Tom Schreiber and Jordan Wolf all had two goals.

Thompson led the Iroquois with a first half hat trick and Staats and Tehoka Nanticoke each scored twice. Warren Hill made 10 saves for the Nationals.

The U.S. will have an off day on Friday and then return to the field on Saturday against Australia at 2:30 p.m. local time (7:30 a.m. Eastern). The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU.

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