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Lacrosse Skills: Team USA U-19 And North Carolina Middie Mike Tagliaferri (San Ramon, CA) Demonstrates “Getting Hands-Free On Midfield Dodge” (Video)
“Lacrosse Magazine” September 2012 Issue Features US Men’s U-19 Lacrosse Team, Cornell Men’s Lacrosse Attacker Rob Pannell And Stanford’s Women’s Lacrosse Middie Hannah Farr
Team USA avenged each of those defeats – the first two for any U.S. U19 team since sanctioned U19 international competition began – in the medal rounds, downing the Iroquois in the semifinals, followed by a 10-8 win over Canada in front of a capacity crowd of 1,200 on Saturday.
“It was quite an effort,” Team USA coach Tim Flynn said. “We had a little phrase after the game, ‘From the outhouse to the penthouse.’ They became a family off the field. They learned how to play well together. They really put everything together in the last two games.”
Like it did in the semifinal win Thursday, the U.S. dominated the middle of the field in the championship, winning 17 of 22 faceoffs as a team. Charlie Raffa won 10 and Tyler Barbarich seven while attackman Matt Kavanagh, named tournament MVP after finishing the competition with 19 goals and 15 assists (4.85 points per game), scored two goals and had two assists in the final. The defense held Canada scoreless during the second quarter, in which the U.S. scored four times to go ahead 6-2 while winning 7 of 8 draws.
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U.S. Men’s U19 Lacrosse Team Defeats England 20-1 On July 15 In FIL U19 World Lacrosse Championships
The U.S. cruised over England, 20-1, on Sunday in its third pool play game at the Federation of International Lacrosse U19 World Championships, rebounding soundly from an 11-9 overtime loss to Canada 24 hours earlier.
About the only problem the U.S. under-19 men’s national team had Sunday was that starting attackman Matt Kavanagh left his cleats on the bus on the way to the game. Fortunately, that same bus later picked up the English national team, and who scooped up the footwear under the seat? English starting goalie Mike Connor, who handed the kicks to Kavanagh, but then had to deal with him and the rest of Team USA’s offense.
Attackman Kyle Keenan scored a team-high four goals and Kavanagh had two goals and two assists as 12 different players found the back of the net at least once. The U.S. scored the game’s first 11 goals.
“We wanted to get back to our game,” Keenan said. “In the Canada game, we felt like they dictated the tempo of play. We wanted to dominate this game and put the game in our hands.
Team USA Women’s U-19 Lacrosse Defeats Australia 14-11 On Aug 13 To Win 2011 FIL U-19 Women’s World Lacrosse Championship
Team USA Women’s U-19 Lacrosse defeated Australia 14-11 to capture the 2011 FIL U-19 Women’s World Lacrosse Championship in Hannover, Germany.
Covie Stanwick (Notre Dame Prep) and Cortney Fortunato each scored twice and Jen Cook (McDonogh) added a free-position shot with about 10 minutes left to polish off the five-goal run and give the U.S. a 12-8 lead.
Stanwick and Fortunato finished with three goals each and goalie Kelsey Duryea made some terrific saves in leading the U.S. to its fourth straight win over Australia in the title game. The U.S. (8-0) has lost only one game in the five U-19 world championship tournaments — to Australia in the final at the inaugural event in 1995 in Haverford, Pa.
Team USA Women’s U-19 Lacrosse Defeats England 19-5 To Advance To Finals Against Australia In 2011 FIL U-19 Women’s World Lacrosse Championship
Starting the game with a 9-0 run, the U.S. Under-19 team raced to a commanding 19-5 win over England in the first semifinal of the 2011 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) U19 Women’s World Championship.
With the victory, Team USA advances to the championship game and earns a chance to defend its three consecutive FIL titles.
“It’s just the best feeling ever,” said midfielder and team captain Taylor Trimble, who score twice. “This is the day and the moment we’ve been waiting for this entire time. Tryouts were exactly a year ago, and we’re ready to really get this done and get the gold and bring it home.”
American goalie Kelsey Duryea made three saves in the first half and won player of the match for her efforts. Duryea has been a stalwart for the U.S. throughout the tournament but dazzled in today’s semifinal, where a few early saves iced the English attack. Her flashiest stop came when she was caught out of the crease in a two-on-one situation and had to leap backwards towards the ball, extending her stick in one hand to make the save.
“She wanted to do more today,” said U.S. coach Krystin Porcella. “You could see it in her in warm-ups, and you could see it in her in the game. It was an amazing play and that inspires the whole team, and it changes the momentum for the whole team. She was the person who gave us that energy and excitement.”
Big plays aside, the American defense focused on systematically slowing Team England’s speedy attack. The U.S. beat England, 16-5, in the round robin, but defenders were unsatisfied with giving up a handful of fast-break goals.
“The last time we played them, they got some odd-man jumps on us, so we wanted to catch the slides early and try not to slide low to high, and to stop them from the beginning,” Duryea said.
Today’s five-goal output tied England’s tournament low from the round robin game, and two of their five goals came on free position attempts. No other defense held England to single digits throughout the tournament.
Team USA Women’s U-19 Lacrosse Defeats Scotland 13-1 To Advance To Semifinals Of 2011 FIL U-19 Women’s World Championship
With a stifling defensive effort, the U.S. beat Scotland, 13-1, in the quarterfinals of the 2011 FIL Under-19 Women’s World Championship. Team USA improved to 6-0 in the tournament and advanced to the semifinal round versus England on Friday.
“We wanted our defense to be very patient with their checking and to force the attacker to make the mistake. We did a great job of that,” said U.S. head coach Krystin Porcella. “They used their feet to play good defense and always had each other’s backs on their slides.”
Defender Caileigh Sindall won Player of the Match honors with four ground balls. Sindall and the rest of the American defense held Team Scotland to its lowest goal total of the tournament. Scotland came in averaging 16 goals per game, but was held scoreless until Natasha Rodgers scored with less than two minutes remaining.
Team USA Women’s U-19 Lacrosse Defeats Australia 20-7 In 5th Round Of 2011 FIL U-19 Women’s World Lacrosse Championships; Advances As #1 Seed Into Medal Round
In its fifth and final game of the round robin stage, the U.S. raced to a 20-7 victory over Australia at the 2011 FIL Under-19 Women’s World Championship, securing the No. 1 seed for the medal round. Attacker Cortney Fortunato led all scorers with five goals.
Madison Acton won Player of the Game honors, thanks to her three goals, two assists and solid transition play.
Playing against one of the toughest opponents in the field, and a traditional rival, the U.S. racked up its most goals in a single game for the tournament. Defensively, the Americans held the Australians to their lowest total of these World Games.
The game was played in an unseasonable downpour, but there was no dampening of Team USA’s spirits.
“It was a great display of lacrosse. We knew Australia was going to be very good and athletic, and they have a great coaching staff with Trish and Jen Adams,” said head coach Krystin Porcella. “Offensively, we were working our lanes to goal, and defensively, we were trying to encourage our players not to let that easy pass behind to disrupt what they wanted to do.”
Team USA Women’s U-19 Lacrosse Defeats England 16-5 In 4th Round Of 2011 FIL U-19 Women’s World Lacrosse Championships; Face Australia Aug 9
The Americans held the English to their lowest scoring output in the tournament. It was Team USA’s fourth consecutive win.
“We wanted to have a real focus on body positioning instead of checking, and never stopping on the play. You keep it tight until the whistle blows,” said American defender Christine Ferguson. “It wasn’t just our core ‘D,’ either. Everyone was using their footwork, from the ride when their goalie got it all the way until our goalie had it in her hands. We worked our butts off.”
Facing a fast and athletic English team, Team USA head coach Krystin Porcella wanted to cut down on transition goals.
“We wanted our attackers to re-defend immediately, our midfielders to mark up immediately, and our defenders to deny that forward pass,” Porcella said.
Cortney Fortunato led all scorers with five goals and won Player of the Match honors thanks to a few scorching shots that beat English goalie Izzy McNab, who put forth a stout effort in the loss. Midfielders Taylor Trimble and Madison Acton also had hat tricks for the U.S. Five different players scored for England, which struggled to find a consistent way to beat the American defense.
Team USA Women’s U-19 Lacrosse Defeats Haudenosaunee 15-3 In The 3rd Round On Aug 6 In The 2011 FIL U-19 Women’s World Lacrosse Championships
Led by midfielder Mikaela Rix (three goals), the Americans employed intricate passing and careful shot selection to gain their third consecutive win.
“It helped us out a lot, because yesterday [against Canada], we kept forcing everything,” midfielder Kelly McPartland said of Team USA’s switch to a settled attack. “It helped us to calm down, or settle in, pull the ball out, work it around and wait for the perfect opportunity.”
Nine different players scored for Team USA. The players worked the ball around on nearly every possession; none of the goals came on fast breaks. The most dramatic goal came in the second half, when attacker Cortney Fortunato got pinched between the crease and her defender and started to fall over. On her way down, she pitched the ball one-handed over her shoulder into the cage, beating Haudenosaunee keeper Marissa Gabriel (four saves). The umpires briefly conferred to determine if Fortunato had stepped in the crease, but the goal was ruled good and the U.S. gained an 11-5 lead.
“I tried to inside crease roll my girl, and I ended up falling and shot it kind of over my back,” said Fortunato, who scored two goals.
With a team of all-stars who are accustomed to going to goal early and often when playing for school and club teams, adjustments had to be made to create a more balanced attack that can compete for an international title.