July 14, 2008
COQUITLAM, B.C. - The United States U-19 men's lacrosse team defeated Canada, 19-12, in the gold medal match of the 2008 International Lacrosse Federation (ILF) World Championships before an estimated 3,400 fans at Percy Perry Stadium Saturday afternoon. Fueling the victory for the Americans were the efforts of Johns Hopkins standouts Matt Dolente and Tim Donovan, who played pivotal roles in the title game.
Dolente, Hopkins' top returning faceoff specialist, won 19-of-28 faceoffs and scored one goal in the championship game to solidify a spot on the All-World Team. He was also named the Outstanding Midfielder of the 10-day tournament. Dolente won five straight faceoffs at one point in the fourth quarter and scored his lone goal early in the period to fuel a 4-0 run that turned a 14-11 lead into an 18-11 advantage that Canada would never threaten.
Donovan punched home two goals and added one assist in the championship game. He assisted on a second-quarter extra-man goal that gave the U.S. a 9-7 lead then bookended a 5-1 run to close the game with his two goals.
Dolente was spectacular throughout the tournament as he won 115-of-175 (.657) faceoffs in the seven victories. After winning 81-of-127 (.638) faceoffs in five pool-play games, Dolente took his efforts up a notch in the semifinals and championship. He won 15-of-20 in a 25-5 semifinal win over England before his 19-of-28 showing in the win over Canada in the final.
Donovan, who is expected to take over a leading role on Hopkins' midfield in 2009, totaled six goals and three assists in the seven games.
The United States has now won all six Under-19 Championships since the event debuted in 1988. A total of 17 Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse players have participated in the event, including current Associate Head Coach Bill Dwan (1988), three-time First Team All-American A.J. Haugen (1996) and Dave Marr (1992), JHU's all-time assist leader. Included in the 17 JHU participants is Kevin Huntley, who played for Canada in 2003.
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