LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 7/17/12
From Press Release
For the first time in international field competition, the Iroquois Nationals have defeated a United States lacrosse team. The Iroquois under-19 team beat the struggling U.S., 15-13, in a pool play game at the Federation of International Lacrosse U19 World Championships today in Turku, Finland.
“It’s pretty amazing,” Iroquois coach Freeman “Boss” Bucktooth said to US Lacrosse. “The guys came out to play and showed what they could do. … We’ve got a lot of talent on the team and a great coaching staff. We put everything together. We’ll walk away with a win [over] the USA team at any time.”
The U.S. led 5-2 after the first quarter and 8-6 at halftime, but the Iroquois rallied to take a 9-8 lead less than four minutes into the second half and never trailed the rest of the game. The teams were tied at 11 and 13 in the fourth quarter before Hank Delisle scored the go-ahead goal with 5:35 left.
The U.S. had a man-up chance with less than three minutes remaining, but a Matt Kavanagh (Chaminade, Notre Dame) try didn’t get through. The Iroquois got possession and, after a time out with two minutes left, Lyle Thompson eluded multiple defenders to kill clock, and he drew two penalties, helping Delisle tack on an insurance goal with 49 seconds to go.
The U.S. finishes pool play with a 2-2 record and will play the winner of Germany-Wales in a quarterfinal game at 4 p.m. Wednesday. The US – which came into the competition having gone 36-0 in international competition – had lost three days earlier to Canada, 11-9 in overtime.
Team USA has never needed to play in the quarterfinal round since sanctioned international U19 play began in 1988.
The Iroquois (3-1) will be seeded second for the medal rounds and receive a bye to the semifinals, where a potential rematch with the U.S. awaits. Canada will be the top seed.
It’s the first outdoor, field win for the Iroquois against the U.S., although they have beaten the U.S. in previous world indoor championships.