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USA gears for start of FIL World Championships in Turku, Finland

Wednesday, 11th July 2012

Categories Boy's/Men's, U19  
 

BaltimoreLacrosseNews.com, Posted 7/11/12

Team USA will shoot for its seventh straight title when the 2012 FIL U19 Men’s World Lacrosse Championships begin Thursday in Turku, Finland.

The U.S.’s first game is against Australia at 7 p.m. local time Friday, noon Eastern Standard Time. The finals will be played on Saturday 21st of July.

The stats: The U.S. under-19 men’s national team is 36-0 all-time in international play since the U19 World Championships were sanctioned in 1988. The US has won all six gold medals.

The tourney: There are 13 teams: Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Czech Republic, England, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Iroquois Nationals, Netherlands, Scotland, USA and Wales.

Venue: The main venue of the event is Yläkenttä which is located in beautiful Urheilupuisto park, walking distance from the city center. Yläkenttä is the home field of Lacrosse Club Turku Titans, the football team Turku Trojans and the women’s soccer team FC TPS. The stadium has a seating capacity of 1,000. Yläkenttä was built in 1988, but new third generation turf surface was installed in 2008.

Two other fields are located at the Kupittaa Sports Park. The Championships’ games will be played on the newer Kupittaa 2 turf field and Festival games on Kupittaa 5 field. There is free access to the games at Kupittaa area.

USA Roster
Pos. – Name, High School, Hometown, College

A – Connor Buczek, St. Xavier High School ’11, Amelia, Ohio, Cornell ’15
A – Daniel Eipp, Groton Dunstable ’10, Groton, Mass., Harvard ’14
A – Matthew Kavanagh, Chaminade High Sch ’11, Rockville Centre, NY, Notre Dame ’15
A – Kyle Keenan, Smithtown West High School ’11, Smithtown, N.Y., Duke ’15
A – Joseph Leonard, Hicksville High School ’11, Hicksville, N.Y., St. John’s ’15
M – Brent Armstrong, St. Stephens and St. Agnes ’12, Falls Church, Va.
M – Tyler Barbarich, Bridgewater-Raritan High School ’11, Martinsville, N.J., Delaware ’15
M – Matthew Florence, Kent Denver High School ’12, Greenwood Village, Colo.
M – Stephen Kelly, Calvert Hall ’13, Lutherville, Md.
M – Sean Mahon, Chaminade High School ’11, Garden City, N.Y., Harvard ’15
M – Steven Pontrello, St. Augustine Prep ’12, Marlton, N.J.
M – Charles Raffa, St. Anthony’s High School ’11, Syosset, N.Y., Maryland ’15
M – Michael Tagliaferri, San Roman Valley High School ’12, Danville, Calif.
M – Ryan Tucker, Gilman ’11, Towson, Md., Virginia ’15
M – Robert Zoppo, Calvert Hall ’10, Baltimore, Md., Towson ’14 – tri-captain
D – Ralph D’Agostino, Immaculata High School ’11, Califon, N.J., Syracuse ’15
D – Gregory Danseglio, St. Anthony’s High School ’11, Islip Terrace, N.Y., Virginia ’15
D – Robert Enright, Massapequa High School ’11, Massapequa, N.Y., Johns Hopkins ’15
D – Luke Howard, Landon School ’11, Potomac, Md., Ohio State ’15
D – Stephen Jahelka, Garden City High School ’11, Garden City, N.Y., Harvard ’15 – Tri-captain
D – Tanner Ottenbreit, Regis Jesuit High School ’11, Aurora, Colo., Virginia ’15
G – Zachary Oliveri, Connequot High School ’11, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Massachusetts ’15 – Tri-captain
G – Kyle Turri, West Islip High School ’11, West Islip, N.Y., Duke ’15


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