Our intrepid reporter and West Coast editor Valerie Taliman has been filing stories from Finland on the Iroquois Nationals run in the World Lacrosse Championships, and we've had another ace up our sleeve, videographer Gwendolyn Cates, who filed this story from Turku, Finland. Fresh off a historic victory against Team USA, the Iroquois Nationals are 3-1 in the U19 World Lacrosse Championships in Turku, Finland taking place through July 21. They’ve earned themselves a bye for the semifinals round, and are right in the thick of things in the hunt for a gold medal.
This video story from Turku, in which coaches and players talked about what it’s like to play for their Nation on the global stage, captures how seriously the Nationals have taken this opportunity to showcase their talent, heritage and history. The team's next match is Thursday, July 19 against the winner of Germany v. U.S.A, setting up a possible rematch between the Nationals and Team USA after the Nationals came back to take the first game 15-13. The Nationals opened the tournament with a trouncing of England 24-2, followed by a tough loss to undefeated Canada 11-9 (after fighting back from behind and scoring seven goals in the fourth quarter). Sitting at 1-1, the Nationals needed to win their next two round-robin games for a shot at the gold medal, and they did just that. First, a win against Australia 17-9, and then the win against Team U.S.A. If the Nationals win Thursday, they will play in the finals on Saturday, July 21 and have a chance to bring home the gold.