Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/10/16
If today’s exhibition at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., is any indication, the United States and Canada could wage a tremendous war for the gold medal this July in the FIL World U-19 championships in Coquitlam, B.C.
Canada stormed back from a late 10-6 deficit and – after Drew Supinski (Phillylacrosse.com Player of the Year, Haverford School-PA, Johns Hopkins freshman) – gave the US an 11-10 lead with 5.7 seconds left, Justin Inacio (2017, Ohio State commit) won the face off and fired a half-field shot that was re-directed into the net by Ryan Lanchbury (Avon Old Farms-CT/2017 Richmond commit) as regulation expired in the Spring Premiere.
Canada then won it, 14-13, by scoring three straight goals during the two 4-minute overtime periods.
“That was crazy,” Supinski told Lacrosse Magazine. “It was good faceoff win and awesome pass to the attackman.”
In OT, Timmy Kelly (Calvert Hall-MD, UNC freshman) scored to give the US a 12-11 lead, but Ethan Walker (Culver Academy-IN, Denver signee) and Jeff Teat (Hill Academy-ONT/Cornell commit) scored before Lanchbury tallied early in the second overtime to make it 14-12. Alex Roesner (Loyola Blakefield-MD, Penn freshman) scored for the US to make it 14-13.
The US led, 8-5, after three periods.
Drake Porter stood out in the goal for Canada. More statistics will be posted later.
The US gained possession in the last half-minute, but Roesner hit the crossbar with less than 20 seconds to play. Mac O’Keefe (Syosset, NY/Penn State signee) and Kelly had three goals each for the US.
Supinski had two goals and two assists and Michael Sowers (Upper Dublin, 2016 Princeton commit) added two goals and an assist. Noah Lejman (Haverford School, freshman at Penn) led the US defense with four groundballs and both starting midfielder Dox Aitken (Haverford School, 2016 UVA signee) and Grant Ament (Haverford School/Penn State freshman) each had one gorundball while Christian Feliziani (Episcopal Academy, 2016 Ohio State signee) won 7 of 16 face-offs.
“Heckuva game, that’s for sure. The competitiveness comes out in everyone,” Canada coach Taylor Wray (St. Joseph’s University head coach) told Lacrosse Magazine. “We stuck with what we were doing, we stuck with the plan, playing different people and that sort of thing, but no better way to evaluate talent than in that type of pressure and situation.”
Team Canada dressed 37 players; the US had 30. Final cutdowns will be difficult for both teams.
“Our job just got a lot harder,” Wray told Lacrosse Magazine. “You hope that some guys start to separate. If anything, guys started to lump themselves more together than ever. It’s going to be a challenge to get to 23.”
SCORE BY PERIOD 1 2 3 4 OT O2 Total
CANADA U19 1 2 2 6 2 1 14
USA U19 3 2 3 3 1 1 13
CANADA U19 SCORING: GOALS: Ethan Walker 3; Ryan Lanchbury 3; Jeffrey Teat 1; Ben French 1; Thomas Semple 1; Brett McIntyre 1; Kyle Killen 1; Myles Hann 1; Marshal King 1; John Wagner 1. ASSISTS: Ben French 2; Jeffrey Teat 2; Ethan Walker 2; Riley Curtis 1; Connor Frost 1; Justin Inacio 1; Jack Kelly 1; Brett McIntyre 1; Thomas Semple 1.
USA U19 SCORING: GOALS: Timmy Kelly 3; Mac O’Keefe 3; Drew Supinski 2; Michael Sowers 2; Alex Roesner 1; Ryan Conrad 1; Terry Lindsay 1. ASSISTS: Drew Supinski 2; Tyler Dunn 1; Timmy Kelly 1; Joe Licciardi 1; Alex Roesner 1; Michael Sowers 1.
Penalties – CANADA U19 4/3:00; USA U19 6/4:30.
30-second Goals/Warnings (Violations) – CANADA U19 0/0 (0); USA U19 0/0 (0).