Cole Paciejewski did his part as the offensive sparkplug for Team Scotland at the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship in Langley.
The 26-year-old from Prince George scored seven goals and had four assists to lead the Scottish attack in their opening game Thursday against Slovakia.
Unfortunately for Scotland, the Slovakians were relentless when they had the ball and pounded out a 24-14 victory. Slovakia broke open a close game in the second quarter, outscoring Scotland 7-3 to take a 13-7 lead into the intermission. Shots were almost even, 54-53 in favour of Slovakia.
Scotland, after an off-day Friday, will take on Germany at Langley Events Centre Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Paciejewski's team will also play Mexico on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and Czech Republic Monday at 7:30 p.m.
One other Prince George connection is playing in the 20-team tournament.
Leif Paulson, 31, a former junior star with the Prince George Posse in the early 2000s who went on to play senior A in the WLA for the Coquitlam Adanacs is part of Team Sweden at the world championship.
In its tournament-opener Friday morning Sweden lost 23-6 to Finland.
Paulson picked up a goal and two assists in that game. Shots were 62-22 in Finland's favour.
Paulson played four years of field lacrosse for the Cornell University Big Red and was with the team in May 2009 when they advanced to the NCAA championship game, losing the title in overtime to the Syracuse Orange.
Sweden will now focus on trying to beat Austria when the teams meet Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
The Swedes have a date with Australia Sunday at 7:30 p.m. and are also scheduled to play Costa Rica Monday at 1:30 p.m.
In Thursday's marquee matchup, Canada beat the United States 16-6. Canada went on to play England Friday afternoon.
Canada will face Israel Sunday at 4:30 p.m. and wraps up round-robin play Monday at 7:30 p.m. against the Iroquois Nationals.
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