July 17, 2012
TURKU, Finland – The United States posted a 2-2 record in Blue Division play at the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Under-19 World Championships. The U.S. squad finished in third place in the five-team division and will face Germany Wednesday in the quarterfinals (9 a.m. EDT). The 12-team tournament is taking place in Turku, Finland.
Team USA opened tournament play with a 24-6 win over Australia before falling to Canada, 11-9 in overtime. The U.S. bounced back with a 20-1 triumph over England and concluded division-round play Tuesday with a 15-13 setback to the Iroquois Nationals.
Matt Kavanagh (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Chaminade), an incoming freshman attackman for the Notre Dame men’s lacrosse team, leads all Team USA players in goals (12) and assists (4). He tallied three goals against Australia and then produced a three-goal, two-assist effort versus Canada. Kavanagh had two goals and one assist in the England contest. He deposited four goals and one assist against the Iroquois Nationals.
Canada (4-0) won the Blue Division, while the Iroquois Nationals (3-1) finished in second place. England (1-3) was fourth and Australia (0-4) was fifth.
Finland (2-1) captured the Red Division followed by Germany (2-1), Czech Republic (2-1) and Wales (0-3). The Yellow Division champion was Scotland (2-0), while the Netherlands (1-1) were second and Korea (0-2) was third. All 12 tournament teams advanced to the knockout round.
The winner of the U.S.-Germany clash will face the Iroquois Nationals Thursday in the semifinals. The title game is slated for Saturday.
The U.S. has won all six previous U-19 World Championships (1988, 1992, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2008). Canada has been runner-up four times, starting in 1988 and then in each of the last three tournaments. Australia has placed second twice in the six tournaments held.
Go to laxmagazine.com for more information on Team USA and the 2012 FIL U-19 World Championships.