The U.S. men's national team avenged a pool-play loss to the Iroquois Nationals by winning the rematch, 12-7, on Thursday in the semifinal round of the Federation of International Lacrosse U19 World Championships in Turku, Finland.
Midfielder Steve Pontrello scored five goals, including three straight to open the second half as the Americans built a 9-5 lead 5:46 into the third quarter.
After allowing 15 goals to the Iroquois in the pool-play loss on Tuesday, the United States allowed just two second-half goals and none in the fourth quarter, ending the game on an 8-3 run starting with 9:45 left in the first half on a goal by Ryan Tucker (Gilman), who had two goals and an assist.
The Americans (4-2) will play Canada (5-0), a 15-4 winner over England in Thursday's first semifinal, for the world title Saturday.
Team USA has won all six gold medals contested since sanctioned U-19 international play began in 1988. Canada beat the U.S., 15-13, in overtime Saturday in pool play.
Major League Lacrosse: The Bayhawks waived midfielder Chris Hunt (Severna Park) from the practice squad, put defenseman Mike Simon (Stevenson, Fallston) on the practice squad and activated midfielder John Austin from the collegiate inactive list.
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