Team USA Headed to World Championship Game
COQUITLAM, B.C. — 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, which defeated the Iroquois Nationals 14-11.
Tyler Dunn scored just 2:21 into the game off an assist from Roesner and the U.S. never got off track. 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.
As it has done all tournament, Team USA controlled the faceoffs with Austin Henningsen and Christian Feliziani doing the damage. Henningsen won 7-of-11 and Feliziani winning 6-of-10. 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. Australia went 0-for-6 on its extra man chances.
The U19 team is attempting to become the first U.S. team to win a world lacrosse championship since the U.S. women senior team won the World Cup in 2013. The U.S. senior men finished second to Canada in 2014, the U.S. women’s U19 team finished second to Canada in 2015 and the U.S. men’s indoor team won a bronze in 2015.
Saturday’s championship game will be streamed live at sportscanada.tv/2016worldlax/.
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