COQUITLAM, BC – The United States will contend for their eighth consecutive Under-19 world championship on Saturday after a near-perfect game in a 23-1 semifinal win over Australia on Thursday. They will face Canada once again for the world U19 title, after the host defeated the Iroquois Nationals 14-11. Israel, England, Scotland and China also won their playoff games on semifinal Thursday at the 2016 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Under-19 Men’s Lacrosse World Championships presented by Novus.
CANADA 14, IROQUOIS NATIONALS 11 – GAME SHEET
Canada fell behind in the second quarter, but stormed back with several offensive runs to hold off the athletic and offensively gifted Iroquois Nationals 14-11.
The Iroquois Nationals trailed 4-1 but scored five straight to close out the first half with a 6-4 lead, including two highlight-reel goals from Tehoka Nanticoke. One of two big weapons along with Austin Staats, Nanticoke (4G) led the Iroquois offence despite drawing lots of attention from the Canadian defence. The Iroquois stretched the lead to three goals in the third quarter before Ryan Lanchbury scored to start a 7-1 Canadian run.
Canada’s Inacio was 17-for-25 at the faceoff X. Canadian scoring came from Jeff Teat (4G, 2A), Lanchbury (2G, 1A), Tre Leclaire of Surrey (2G, 1A), Ryland Rees of Port Coquitlam (2G), Thomas Semple of Coquitlam (1G), Ethan Walker (1G, 2A), Riley Curtis (1G, 2A) and Tanner Cook (1G). Staats (2G), Doug Jamieson (1G), Devon Buckshot (1G), Mitch Laffin (1G), and Squamish’s Sekawnee Baker (1G) rounded out the Iroquois scoring. Kyle Hebert was strong in the Canadian net with 16 saves, while Tyler Armstrong made six saves in the loss for the Nationals.
The win over the Iroquois sets up a rematch with the U.S. for the world U-19 title on Saturday.
USA 23, AUSTRALIA 1 – GAME SHEET
Seven different players scored multiple goals, led by Alex Roesner with five, as the United States dominated Australia 23-1 to advance to the championship game of the 2016 Federation of International Lacrosse Men’s U19 World Championship. The U.S., the only nation to have won the championship since the event’s inception in 1988, will go for an eighth straight title on Saturday at 7 p.m. (Eastern) against Canada.
The U.S. led 7-0 after the first quarter, 12-0 at the half and 15-0 into the third quarter before Australia’s Sean Clarke scored his team’s only goal with 14:43 remaining in the third quarter. Roesner (5g, 1a) and Michael Sowers (2g, 4a) led the U.S. attack with six points each, and Dox Aitken and Mac O’Keefe each had hat tricks. Aitken scored three of Team USA’s first nine goals. Jared Bernhardt (2g, 2a), Austin Sims (1g, 3a) and Ryan Conrad (1g, 2a) each had at least three points for the U.S. as well.
Team USA controlled the faceoffs with Austin Henningsen (7-of-11) and Christian Feliziani (6-of-10) doing the damage. Willie Klan got the start in goal and played three quarters while making two saves and allowing just one goal. Philip Goss played the final quarter and blanked the Aussies while making one save.
ENGLAND 13, GERMANY 9 – GAME SHEET
England used a five-goal run on both sides of halftime to take the lead and then held on against an upset-minded German side. Germany had taken a 4-3 lead midway through the second quarter, but Alex Russell and Oliver Curtis scored late in the half to put England up 5-4 at the long break. Oliver Curtis extended the English lead only 55 seconds into the third and a pair of goals by Austin Hudson completed the run, putting England up 8-5 with 5:25 gone in the second half. Hudson and Zach Peng each had hat tricks for England, with Curtis and Russell adding two each. Singles by Tim Collins, Daniel Matthews and James Ready rounded out their scoring. Germany had nine different goal scorers, with Lukas Kins, Paul Grube, Leonard Nohring, Jakob Boeckermann, Soeren Spiegel, Finn Post, Jonas Lach, Florian Werner and Per-Anders Olters each getting one past the English goaltending tandem of Hal Dwobeng and William Hudson. England will face Israel for fifth place. That game is set for 10 a.m. Saturday. Germany will take on Ireland for seventh place in a game set for 7:30 p.m.
ISRAEL 12, IRELAND 10 – GAME SHEET
Israel raced out to a 5-0 first-quarter lead and withstood a late Irish comeback to prevail in the battle of division winners. Israel, who won the Red Division, led 5-0 after 20 minutes and 7-2 at halftime. However, Ireland, champions of the Green Division, responded with five goals in the fourth quarter to draw within two, but could not complete the comeback. Joshua Bernstein led Israel with four goals, while Nick Schulman had three, Alon Berkowitz and Ilon Hascal added a pair each and Noah Knopf had one. For Ireland, Conor Austin and Tom Lyons each had hat tricks, while Patrick Magliocchino had two. Singles by Jason Reid and Rory Madison rounded out the Irish scoring.
SCOTLAND 10, HONG KONG 7 – GAME SHEET
Hong Kong and Scotland played in a thrilling, back-and-forth game today with Scotland holding off several Hong Kong charges for the 10-7 victory. Calmen Tihansky scored three goals and Josh Richardson and Edward Fennell added a pair each for the Scots. Singles came from Colin Uyeki, who added four helpers, Jonathan Shaw, who added two assists, and Corrie Bruce, who also added one assist. Oliver Raine made 10 saves for the win. Hong Kong had a three-goal effort from Matthew Nisbet, two goals from Bryan Houghton and singles from Chak Sum Ho and Long Fai Ko. Lai Yin Fung came into goal late in the first quarter and made 12 saves in the win.
CHINA 14, KOREA 7 – GAME SHEET
A six-goal outburst from Matthew McIlwrick led China to a 14-7 win over Korea. He scored twice in the second quarter, as the Chinese broke open a 2-2 game with nine straight goals. Eric Wang had a had trick for China, while Martin Ding Ma had a pair. Singles by Kurtis Shum, Kevin Dong and Andrew Song rounded out the scoring. For Korea, Hyunmean Mo and Joseph Son each scored twice. Donghuk Kim, Jooyoung Jang and Colin Lee each found the net once. China advances to the 9th-place game, where they will face Scotland. That game is set for 4:30 p.m. on Thursday. Korea will close out the tournament against Hong Kong in the 11th-place game, at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday.
TODAY’S SCHEDULE | Friday, July 15, 2016
13th Place: Mexico vs Taiwan, 10:30 a.m. (Stadium)
11th Place: Hong Kong vs Korea, 1:30 p.m. (Stadium)
9th Place: China vs Scotland, 4:30 p.m. (Stadium)
7th Place: Ireland vs Germany, 7:30 p.m. (Stadium)
SATURDAY | July 16, 2016
Israel vs England, 10 a.m. (Stadium)
Bronze-Medal Game: Iroquois Nationals vs Australia, 1 p.m. (Stadium)
Gold-Medal Game: USA vs Canada, 4 p.m. (Stadium)
2016WorldLax Media Contact:
Andy Watson / firstname.lastname@example.org / 778-679-5667
About the FIL
The Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) is the international governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse. The FIL currently has 52 member nations and holds five World Championships (women’s and men’s field, women’s and men’s U19 field and men’s indoor.) The FIL is responsible for the governance and integrity of all forms of lacrosse and provides responsive and effective leadership to support the sports’ development throughout the world.
About the Canadian Lacrosse Association
Founded in 1867, the Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) is the governing body responsible for all aspects of lacrosse in Canada. Our organization is comprised of 10 Member Associations representing nearly 80,000 individual participants, including coaches, officials, and athletes of all ages and abilities. The CLA’s mission is to honour the sport of lacrosse and its unique nation-building heritage, by engaging our members, leading our partners, and providing opportunities for all Canadians to participate. We strive to accomplish this while adhering to our core values of health, excellence, accountability, respect and teamwork. The CLA oversees the delivery of numerous national championships and the participation of Team Canada at all international events sanctioned by the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL). The CLA is proud to be affiliated with partners that share the same vision and values, including our corporate partners – Warrior Sports, New Balance Athletics, Westjet, and Baron Rings – as well as our funding partners the Government of Canada, the Coaching Association of Canada, and the Canadian Lacrosse Foundation. For more information on Canadian Lacrosse Association and the sport of lacrosse, visit our website at www.lacrosse.ca and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.