TURKU, FINLAND, July 19, 2012 – It’s game day Canada. At 10am EST, Team Canada will take its next step on their quest for gold at the 2012 FIL U-19 World Lacrosse Championship. The journey to date has been memorable. And as Team Canada takes to the field against England in semi-final play, they head out strong, confident and ready for action.
The game today marks the second time Canada will face England in this tournament. In their first meeting Team Canada came out on top with a 22-3 victory.
Round-robin play saw Team Canada go undefeated with a 4-0 record. In arguably the toughest pool of the three divisions Team Canada faced the likes of USA, the Iroquois Nationals, Australia and England.
Opening their round-robin action against Team USA proved to be a historic moment for both teams, as our boys in red and white handed the USA their first ever loss at the Under-19 level. In a back and forth match, both teams fought to the end. 8-8 after regulation time, Team USA took the lead in overtime but three quick goals brought the win to the Canadians. Turner Evans tied the game for Team Canada, giving his teammates the chance to take the lead. Chad Tutton scored the game winning goal, and Reilly O’Connor added another for insurance.
With only a few moments to celebrate, the coaching staff focused the team on their next opponent. It was no rest for Team Canada, the very next day they took to the field against a strong Iroquois Nationals team. Taking a very early lead in the game, Canada had to dig deep to maintain it. Coming out victorious, Canada won 11-9. Dan Lintner scored four goals that game, while Zack Herreweyers scored the game winning goal.
Finishing out round-robin play, Team Canada defeated England and Australia. The undefeated finish in round-robin play gave Team Canada a bye and a day off.
The entire coaching staff has kept the team focused. The win over the USA that first game was big but it was just the first step. “The competition and international talent has been great so far. I think our team has done a very impressive job on working to improve each and every game in all areas of the field. Every game has seen a new player step up in a meaningful way and contribute to our success, from the goaltending out. It has been and will continue to be a full team effort. I think we are all excited to see how far this team can go,” said coach Angus Dineley.
Team and teamwork are the focus. The entire team knows it will take determination, skill, drive and motivation to make it to their end goal – gold!
So while the entire country looks ahead to what’s to come, Team Canada is focused on today, and will fight its way through this semi-final game one quarter, one minute, one goal at a time.
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The 2012 Men’s U-19 World Lacrosse Championships runs July 12-21 in Turku, Finland. The official website of the event is http://www.2012worldlacrosse.com/