Stephen Jahelka and the Crimson will face Germany in the quarterfinals (Robin Stitzing).
TORKU, Finland -- Team USA advanced to the quarterfinals today after finishing 2-2 in the blue group at the FIL World Championships. Led by team captain and Harvard sophomore Stephen Jahelka, the USA Under-19 lacrosse team will play Germany in a quarterfinal matchup Wednesday, July 18 at 4 pm in Torku. Canada (4-0) and Iroquois Nationals (3-1) received byes to the semifinal round.
Team USA earned an impressive victory against Australia 24-6 in the first matchup of the tournament. In an 11-9 loss to Canada in Team USA's second game, Harvard sophomore midfielder Sean Mahon scored a pair of goals in the game and junior attackman Daniel Eipp scored a game tying goal in the fourth quarter. Team USA followed with an overwhelming victory of 20-1 over England. Eipp was a scoring force again netting two goals in the game.
Team USA's final matchup in group play was against the Iroquois Nationals. After Team USA scored the tying goal in the fourth quarter, the Iroquois Nationals pulled away for a 15-13 win.
If Team USA can pull off a victory against Germany in the quarterfinal round, they are set up for a rematch against the Iroquois Nationals on Thursday, July 19 at 8 pm in Turku.