Tuesday, July 17, 2012
USA U19s are 2-2 at end of Pool Play: Tags sizzles
Amazingly, the USA U19 team, having had an unblemished record through the entire history of the U19 Worlds, has lost twice in pool play. The lost to Canada in their opener, the clobbered England and Australia and lost to the Iroquois nation 15-13 an hour ago. Shocking!
As Indian Country Media put it, "This marks the first time that Nationals have bested Team USA in international field competition (they’ve beaten Team USA in indoor matches), which, considering Team USA draws from a pool of roughly 150,000 players nationwide and is a multimillion dollar operation while the Nationals draw from a pool of about 86, is astonishing."
You can read their article here:
Despite this, Mike Tagliaferri had 4 goals and an assist in this contest. The other big scorer for Team USA was Matt Kavanagh, with 4 goals and 2 assists. Those 8 goals were not enough to stave off a fired-up Iroquois team.
Disappointed for the USA team, but thrilled that the Iroquois are doing so well in this tournament!