July 18, 2016
Two members of the University of Notre Dame men’s lacrosse squad-defenseman Hugh Crance and midfielder Bryan Costabile-played key roles for the United States in its gold-medal-winning performance in the Federation of International Lacrosse U19 World Championship in Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada.
Crance and Costabile helped the United States squad to a 13-12 victory Saturday in the championship game, as the winners rebounded form an early 6-0 deficit. The U.S. squad previously posted wins over Canada (12-5), Australia (13-4). The Iroquois Nationals (17-3), England (19-6) and Australia in the semifinals (23-1).
A sophomore-to-be from Newport Beach, California (Corona del Mar High School), Crance started for the United States on close defense in the first four games, then switched to long-stick middie and finished with six ground balls.
An incoming freshman from Sykesville, Maryland (Mount Saint Joseph High School in Baltimore), Costabile finished with an assist in the opener against Canada and added goals against both Australia and England.
The United States scored with eight seconds to play to lift Team USA to the final victory over Canada. The world championship is the eighth consecutive at this level for the United States, and the U.S. remains the only nation to win the event since its inception in 1988, improving to 47-2 all-time in FIL U19 play.