Five Western New York natives captured bronze medals at the World Lacrosse Championship in Netanya, Israel, on Friday.
Zed Williams, Frank Brown, Ron John, Liam Anderson and Johnson Jimerson are all heading home with hardware after the Iroquois Nationals fought off an Australian comeback to earn a 14-12 victory.
The Aussies scored five of the last six goals in the game but couldn't get out of the 7-1 hole they dug themselves into in the first quarter. Brown notched two goals and two assists for the Iroquois, who also earned bronze in the 2014 World Lacrosse Championship in Denver.
The U.S. and Canada will square off at 3 a.m. Saturday in a rematch of 2014's gold medal game. Canada, gunning for its second straight title, features a pair of local connections. The team is led by St. Bonaventure coach Randy Mearns, while Buffalo Bandits forward Josh Byrne is suiting up in his first World Lacrosse Championship.