The 4th Sub 20 Men’s World Rink Hockey Championships in Bassano del Grappa, Italy came to an end Saturday, October 3rd. Team USA was surprisingly defeated by England in their final match 5-2. Our Team looked a little tired and flat, unable to get into a rhythm throughout the entire game. England pressed us , took a quick lead, and then kept possesion and worked in for the good shots. Larry Hansen played an outstanding game, giving more than 100%. With a quick pass from Larry, Jonathan Watson was able to score early in the second half. Shawn Schmelcher scored later on a penalty shot. We didn’t press out and try to create a turnover until very late in the game, and by then it was too late. England got their final score with two minutes left in the game. Team USA would finish in 12th Place. Spain won the Tournament, followed by Portugal and Chile.
Congratulations to all the Teams for a very well played Championships. Arrivederci from Bassano del Grappa.