U-19 World Championship Website
COLUMBUS, Ohio - When the FIL U-19 World Championships get underway this week in Coquitlam, British Columbia, members of the Ohio State men's lacrosse program will be battling for the gold medal. For Team USA, Buckeye head coach Nick Myers is serving as the team's head coach, alum Pat Myers is an assistant coach and rising sophomore defenseman Matt Borges and incoming freshman faceoff specialist Christian Feliziani are on the squad. Incoming Buckeyes Justin Inacio, a faceoff specialist, midfielder Tre Leclaire and defenseman Jeff Henrick will all be playing for Team Canada.
The United States and Canadian squads open play Thursday, facing off at 10:30 p.m. ET following the opening ceremonies. Both teams are in the blue division, joined by Australia, England and the Iroquois Nationals. In all, 14 nations are competing in the championship.
All 47 games in the tournament will be streamed by SportsCanadaTV online for a fee at sportscanada.tv/2016worldlax/. More information and pricing is available on the website.
Borges, from Garden City, N.Y., and a Garden City High School product, played in all 15 games for the Buckeyes as a freshman in 2016 and had 26 groundballs and seven caused turnovers. Feliziani hails from Boothwyn, Pa., and attended Episcopal Academy.
Henrick, a native of Orangeville, Ontario, attended The Hill Academy. Leclaire, a midfielder from Surrey, British Columbia, went to Elgin Park Secondary and played for the Junior A Delta Islanders. Inacio, from Oakville, Ontario, attends The Hill Academy and has played for the Junior A Burlington Chiefs.
Nick Myers recently completed his eighth year as the head coach of the Buckeyes. He has led the squad to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals twice, the first postseason tournament title in program history and to a regular season conference co-championship.
Pat Myers, the associate head coach at Penn, played for the Buckeyes from 2000-03. He was part of the first Ohio State squad to earn an NCAA Tournament berth and was a two-time all-conference selection.
Team USA has won the world championship seven times, including downing Canada in the gold medal game in 2012, 10-8.
Team USA, Team Canada and Championship Round Schedule
All times Pacific Time
Opening Ceremonies, 5:30 p.m.
Canada vs USA, 7:30 p.m.
USA vs Australia, 4 p.m.
Canada vs England, 7:30 p.m.
USA vs Iroquois Nationals 7:30 p.m.
Canada vs Australia, 4 p.m.
USA vs England, 4 p.m.
Gold Medal Game
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