TURKU, Finland - University of North Carolina sophomore midfielder Chad Tutton scored the game-winning goal in a back-and-forth thriller before an overflow crowd of an estimated 1,200 spectators as Canada downed the U.S. under-19 men's national team, 11-9, in overtime Saturday night in pool play at the Federation of International Lacrosse U19 World Championships.
A pair of Tar Heels figured prominently in the exciting overtime finish with incoming freshman midfielder Steve Pontrello putting the U.S. up 9-8 in the first overtime period before the Canadians rallied in the second overtime stanza. Tutton was one of four Canadians to score two goals in the game and his tally with 2:01 left in the second extra sessions proved to be the game-winning tally.
Canada became the first team to defeat the U.S. in U19 international play since sanctioned competition began in 1988. The U.S., which has won all six gold medals contested, is now 37-1 all-time.
Midfielder Chad Tutton scored what held up as the game-winner on a man-up opportunity with 2:01 left in the second of two mandatory four-minute overtime periods, per international rules. Canada scored the final three goals of the game, all in the second OT, after the U.S. rallied from three goals down at the start of the fourth quarter and went ahead by one in the first OT.
The U.S. trailed 7-4 after three quarters and rallied to tie the game at 7 on a Daniel Eipp score on a 6-on-4 chance with 9:25 left in regulation. Tutton put Canada ahead 8-7 with 5:20 to go, before U.S. midfielder Ryan Tucker tied the game again at 9 with 38 seconds left on a 12-yard overhand shot from the right alley.
Steve Pontrello scored from Matt Kavanagh on a man-up play with 1:21 left in the first extra-period to put the U.S. up 9-8. Charlie Raffa won the opening faceoff of the second OT, but the U.S. was called for offsides shortly thereafter and Canada regained possession. Wes Berg drove left to right along goal-line extended and finished on the crease with 2:23 remaining in the second extra-period to tie it at 9. Berg drew a penalty at the tail end of the scoring play, and Tutton tallied the winner 22 seconds later.
Canada won the ensuing faceoff on procedure, and Reilly O'Connor tacked on another goal with 1:02 left. Canada won another draw and ran out the clock.
Kavanagh led all scorers with two goals and two assists, and Tucker finished with two goals and one assist for the U.S (1-1).
The teams each won 12 faceoffs with Canada taking 4 of 5 in overtime.
Tutton, Berg, O'Connor and Dan Litner each had two goals for Canada, which continues pool play against the Iroquois at 1 p.m. (7 a.m. EST) Sunday in Turku.
The U.S. faces England at 7 p.m. (Noon EST) Sunday.
Federation of International Lacrosse U19 World Championships
CAN 3 3 1 1 0 3 - 11
USA 1 2 1 4 1 0 - 9
Goals: CAN - Litner 2, Berg 2, O'Connor 2, Tutton 2, Comeault 1, King 1, Tinney 1; USA - Kavanagh 2, Tucker 2, Mahon 2, Buczek 1, Eipp 1, Pontrello 1
Assists: CAN - Evans 2; USA - Kavanagh 2, Tucker 1, Eipp 1, Leonard 1
Saves: CAN - Donville 11; USA - Oliveri 7, Turri 4