Canada stuns U.S. in Under-19 tournament pool play

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Canada midfielder Chad Tutton connected the eventual game-winning goal with 2:01 left in the second overtime in Canada’s 11-9 triumph over the U.S.in a Federation of International Lacrosse’s Under-19 World Championships pool play contest held on Saturday in Turku, Finland.

It was the first loss for a U.S.team in the history of the Under-19 tournament that began in 1988. It broke a string of 37 consecutive victories for the U.S.squad.

U.S.team rallied from a 7-4 third-quarter deficit and tied the contest 8-8 on a goal by Ryan Tucker with 38 seconds left in regulation. St. Augustine Prep standout Steven Pontrillo scored a man-up goal in the first overtime of two mandated four-minute overtime periods to give the U.S. a brief 9-8 advantage. However, Canada took control with three consecutive goals in the second four-minute overtime to capture the contest. Matt Kavanaugh had two goals and two assists and Tucker had two goals and one assist for the U.S.team.

The U.S.team is 1-1 in pool play. It started out the tournament well with a 24-6 win over Australia on Friday. Kyle Keenan had four goals and Matt Kavanaugh had three goals and three assists in the rout. Daniel Eipp, Ryan Tucker and Joey Leonard each registered had tricks. Pontrillo had two goals and former Immaculata standout Ralph D’Agostino also contributed a score for the U.S. Team.

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Mark Kitchin is a boys varsity basketball writer for the Morris County New Jersey area

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