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Williams, Seaborg off to fast start with Team Canada at Commonwealth Cup

Moose Jaw Mustangs duo in action at International Indoor Junior Lacrosse event in Australia
Mason Williams and Cashton Seaborg are in action with Team Canada at the International Indoor Junior Lacrosse Commonwealth Championship in Australia.

Moose Jaw Mustangs standouts Mason Williams and Cashton Seaborg have already had a stellar season that included a solid outing with Team Saskatchewan at the Canada Summer Games.

Now they’re showing off their skills against some of the best teams Australia has to offer.

Seaborg and Williams are currently in action with the Canadian Development Team at the International Indoor Junior Lacrosse Commonwealth Championship in Altona, Australia, a four-team tournament designed as a test for up-and-coming players from both countries.

Their results thus far have been plenty positive, to say the least.

Canada opened the tournament with a 12-10 win over the Melbourne Storm on Wednesday, with Williams and Seaborg leading the way on the scoresheet. Williams, playing transition for Team Canada, put up three goals and two assists to lead all scorers, while Seaborg scored twice and had three points from his forward position.

Canada took a 3-1 lead out of the first quarter and didn’t let up from there, building 9-3 lead by halftime before Melbourne closed ground in the second half.

Things went even better for the local duo in Team Canada’s second outing, a 20-14 win over the Adelaide Thunder that was far closer than the final score would indicate. The contest was tied 6-6 through the first quarter and Canada clung to 12-11 and 16-13 leads through the second and third before the local duo played a huge role in putting things away.

Williams made it a four-goal lead with just over a minute gone in the fourth, and after Adelaide got back within three a minute later, Seaborg restored the more-comfortable lead with 2:51 to play. He then finished off scoring in the contest, with Williams drawing an assist, with 52 seconds remaining.

Seaborg had an outstanding game with five goals and eight points to take home the Outback Player of the Game, while Williams had three goals and five points and was once again second in team scoring.

Canada then closed out the round robin with another commanding win, this time taking a 16-8 victory over the Perth Fury on Friday afternoon.

Seaborg scored five times and had another seven points as Canada roared out to an 8-2 lead in the first quarter and led 12-3 at the half. Williams capped his day with a goal and two points.

Canada will face what’s expected to be a far stiffer test in their final game of the tournament on Saturday night -- the three Australian teams will form an All-Star crew and take on Canada in the winner-take-all IIJL Commonwealth Cup final.

Game time is 8 p.m. Australian Eastern Daylight Time.

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