July 13, 2012
TURKU, Finland - Maryland men's lacrosse rising sophomore Charlie Raffa scored two goals in the U.S. under-19 men's national team's 24-6 win over Australia Friday in its opening game of the Federation of International Lacrosse U19 World Championship in Finland.
Matt Kavanagh led Team USA with three goals and three assists, tallying five points in the first half, as the U.S. (1-0) improved to 37-0 all-time in sanctioned U19 international competition.
Australia (0-1) took early leads of 1-0 and 2-1, but Raffa scored off a faceoff win with 11:33 left in the opening quarter to put the U.S. ahead 3-2 and it never trailed from there. Joey Leonard scored with 2:40 left in the first half to give the U.S. a 9-4 lead and start a 9-0 run that stretched into the fourth quarter.
Kyle Keenan finished with four goals, and Leonard, Daniel Eipp and Ryan Tucker each had hat tricks. The U.S. outscored Australia 14-2 in the second half and won 20 of 25 faceoffs for the game.
In earlier pool play action Friday, Germany beat Wales, 20-10, Scotland downed Korea, 16-4, and the Iroquois clobbered England, 24-4.
The U.S. faces Canada at 7 p.m. (noon EST) Saturday in Turku in a rematch of the last three U19 world championship games.
US Lacrosse contributed to this release.
For complete information about the U.S. U19 team, including a roster, please visit http://www.laxmagazine.com/teamusa/u19men/index.