TURKU, FINLAND, July 20, 2012 – Team Canada has already written a small piece of history at the 2012 Federation of International Lacrosse Under-19 World Championship. Tomorrow they look to do something even bigger, to write a whole new chapter in Canadian and World lacrosse history books.
Team Canada will face Team USA in the gold medal game, a rematch of the round-robin thriller which saw Team Canada victorious with an 11-9 score in overtime. That day the two teams faced off in what is now a historic battle. Team USA, undefeated in U-19 action since the event became sanctioned in 1988, faced a strong, talented and determined Canadian squad. The game was a sight to see, the lead going back and forth between the two teams, ending regulation time tied up at 8. From Turku, where family and friends travelled to watch the Canadians in person, to Canada where many lacrosse fans screamed at their computer screens watching via web streaming, no one was disappointed in the game they witnessed.
After going undefeated in round-robin play, Team Canada faced England in semi-final action. In the warm-up to the finals, Jesse King tallied three goals, including the game winner, while Reilly O’Connor had three goals and three assists.
Dan Lintner added one goal to his Team Canada leading scoring total, while Turner Evans and Joel Tinney notched two goals each. Individual goals were added by Joe French, Kyle Trolley, Wes Berg, and Zack Herreweyers. All in all, a solid team win.
Team Canada will look to take that momentum and focus into Saturday’s game. They have worked hard to get to this point. They are skilled, fast and talented. Their minor associations and junior teams have developed strong competitors. Back home they play for different teams, often facing one another in national championships and season play, but you wouldn’t know that to watch them over the past week – these guys play for one team now, Team Canada and they are doing us all proud.
A week to the day of that historic first match, the two teams will face off one last time – winner takes all. The Canadian boys are focused, they are ready, and their sights are set on one, collective team goal – GOLD.
Be loud, be proud Canada – let’s make sure the boys can feel the support all the way over in Finland!
Catch the action live at http://www.ustream.tv/lacrosse/. Game starts at 4p.m. (9a.m. EST).
Follow the team for live updates on Twitter (@CanadaLacrosse) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/CanadianLacrosseAssociation)