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Crowley comes through for Canada in world lacrosse championship win

Kevin Crowley and Jordan Hall of Team Canada at the World Field Lacrosse Championships in Denver. - Kara Crowley/Contributed
Kevin Crowley and Jordan Hall of Team Canada at the World Field Lacrosse Championships in Denver.
— image credit: Kara Crowley/Contributed

New Westminster's Kevin Crowley was on top of the world Saturday night.

The top of the field lacrosse world, that is.

Crowley pumped in five goals to lead Canada to an 8-5 upset victory over the United States in the final of the 2014 world championship in Commerce City, Colo. He called it the biggest championship victory of his career, and he got to do it in front of his father, grandparents and sister.

"It was great to get to share it with my family," said Crowley in an interview Monday from his home in Philadelphia where he has played the last three National Lacrosse League seasons for the Philadelphia Wings. "Any time you can say you're a world champion, it's unbelievable."

Crowley, 25, represented Canada at the 2008 world junior championship in Coquitlam and the 2010 worlds in Manchester, England. Canada lost to the U.S. in the final of both. Through the early portions of this year's tournament he had been relatively quiet scoring just three goals. But in the final he was on fire.

"I knew I had to have a big game. I didn't do much during the rest of the tournament, and I knew the coaching staff was resting me up for the big game," said Crowley, who has played for both the senior and junior Salmonbellies. "I was trying to initiate the offence and taking a back seat and trying to learn the systems and not being selfish at all. It wasn't a big deal to me to score, but I had to bring it when the time was right."

His third goal was spectacular. In the middle of a scrum in front of the U.S. net, he deftly picked up a loose ball and swiftly slung it behind his back into the goal.

"I scored another one like that in the MLL playoffs," said Crowley. "It was a being in the right place at the right time opportunity."

Crowley wasn't the only New West player to shine at the tournament.

Jordan and Jimmy McBride, along with defender Matt MacGrotty helped Scotland to reach sixth place. That put Scotland into the top tier along with Canada and the U.S. for the 2018 world championship.

Scott Janssen was also the tourney's sixth top scorer with 23 goals in seven games as his Netherlands squad finished 16th.

Crowley may have been in Philadelphia, but a lot is in limbo when it comes to his lacrosse future. He has scored 103 goals and 218 points in 50 games for the Wings. But the team recently said it wouldn't be returning to Philly and there's talk it may end up in Connecticut. He also plays professional field lacrosse in Major League Lacrosse. While he was in Colorado he was traded from Florida to the Chesapeake Bayhawks in Annapolis, Md.

"I'm going to get away from lacrosse a little bit and enjoy the feeling," said Crowley. "The feeling hasn't set in to be honest, the wide scope of what we've just done as a team and individually still hasn't set in yet. I'm sure it will soon."

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