OTTAWA, ON – Canada will look to rebound from a deflating 12-5 loss at the hands of Team USA when they take the field for their second game of the 2016 FIL U19 Men’s Lacrosse World Championship against England on July 9. The action takes place at Percy Perry Stadium in Coquitlam, B.C., with the opening face-off scheduled for 7:30pm PST.
The host squad had trouble dealing with their rivals, the defending champions from the U.S., on Thursday night. The Americans showed patience in the offensive zone, controlling the pace of play for much of the game, making it difficult for Team Canada (0-1) to build any sort of momentum. They are looking to put that loss behind them.
“We are looking forward to getting back on the field and competing against the English team,” said head coach Taylor Wray. “When you are coming off a loss, the best thing for your team is to get back on the field and play.”
Tonight’s opponent from across the pond, Team England (0-1), is also looking to get into the win column for the first time in the tournament, after falling 22-4 to the Iroquois Nationals in their opening game last night. A talented Iroquois group scored at will, utilizing great passing in tight and capitalizing on the man-advantage, going 4-for-9.
While they may not have gotten the result they envisioned, the English squad showed some resiliency in the last quarter, scoring three of their four goals. This is surely something the Canadians coaches in the crowd took notice of.
“We had an opportunity to learn about the English team last night by watching them against the Iroquois,” added Wray. “We’ll have to do a great job preparing our team with a quick turn-around.”
The last matchup between Canada and England was in the semi-finals of the 2012 U19 World Championship in Turku, Finland. On that occasion, the Canadians picked up an easy 15-4 win and marched into the finals, where they would eventually fall in a closely contested game against Team USA.
The game against England marks the start of three straight contests for Canada, who will challenge the Iroquois Nationals on July 10 and Australia on July 11.