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U.S. Advances to Gold Medal Game with 12-7 Victory
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 07/19/2012
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TURKU, FINLAND -The United States under-19 men's lacrosse team started its redemption tour to the gold medal today with a 12-7 victory over the Iroquois Nationals in the semifinal round of the 2012 Federation of International Lacrosse U19 World Championship. The U.S. avenged its loss to the Iroquois in group play earlier in the week and will take on Canada in the gold medal game Saturday. 

Duke sophomores Kyle Keenan and Kyle Turri again helped lead the U.S. squad with a goal and four saves, respectively. Turri played in the second half, holding the Iroquois to just two second-half goals.

Midfielder Steve Pontrello scored five goals for the U.S., including three straight to open the second half as the U.S. built a 9-5 lead just 5:46 into the third quarter after Connor Buczek tacked on another goal.

Iroquois raced out to a 3-0 lead before the U.S. squad tallied three goals in the final six minutes of the opening quarter to tie the game. The contest remained tied, 5-5, at the half before the United States scored three unanswered to start the second half.

The U.S. (4-2) advances to play unbeaten Canada (5-0), a 15-4 winner over England in Thursday's first semifinal, for the world title at 4 p.m. (9 a.m. EST) Saturday in Finland. Team USA has won all six gold medals contested since sanctioned U19 international play began in 1988. Canada beat the U.S., 15-13, in overtime last Saturday in pool play.