TURKU, FINLAND, July 22, 2012 – Team Canada, surrounded by family and supporters, say goodbye to Turku, Finland today, officially closing this chapter in Canadian lacrosse books. In a hard fought battle against Team USA, Team Canada came up a little short in the championship game of the 2012 FIL Under-19 World Lacrosse Championship, finishing with the silver medal. It was not the outcome they came for, but the battle for gold did not disappoint.
Canada opened the game 1-0 off a goal by Jesse King (1 goal, 1 assist). After two goals by the U.S., Reilly O’Connor scored to tie the game. Going on a 4-0 run to end the first half, the U.S. led Team Canada 6-2. Joel Tinney scored his first of two goals to cut the lead in half to start the third quarter. With two quick goals by Zach Currier and Joel Tinney, Canada was back in the game, trailing by one. After the U.S. went up 7-5, Dan Linter (1 goal, 1 assist) scored to make it 7-6. The third quarter ended with the U.S. up 9-6 but the game was not over. Canada entered the fourth quarter still determined to change the lacrosse history books. Off a pass from Wes Berg, Reegan Comeault added one to pull within two. Wes Berg added a goal in the dying seconds of the game but it was not enough to bring the gold home. The final score U.S 10, Canada 8.
Overall, it was a historic tournament in Canadian lacrosse. In round-robin play, Team Canada handed Team USA their very first defeat in an Under-19 World game. That game wrote a page of history for these boys. They played hard, they played strong and they did this country proud – not just in that game but throughout the entire tournament. Going undefeated leading into the gold medal match proved just how talented these men are.
Prior to the start of the gold-medal game, Johnny “Gypsy” Mouradian, member of the 1978 first-ever gold-medal Team Canada reached out to the team. “On behalf of our ’78 management team, coaches, staff, and players, we want to let you know how proud we are with your tournament play, the character with which you are represented Canada and your first ever win over the USA. We are very proud of the CLA, the Management Team, the coaching staff and you the players on the field. We know what is takes to be prepared physically, mentally and emotionally, to have achieved that first win against the USA and then play another strong game to defeat the Iroquois, both no easy tasks. We send you our congratulations, be proud of what you accomplished.”
The team felt the support from Canada throughout the tournament. Many family, friends and fan followed the team on their journey – cheering in the stands, tweeting their support and watching online throughout the country.
Hold your head up high Team Canada, you did this country proud. Just like you drew inspiration from those who came before you, you have created a legacy that will inspire those who come after you, to work hard and thrive for the top.
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