The 4th Sub 20 Men’s World Championships got underway on Sunday, September 27th in Bassona del Grappa, Italy. Seventeen Nations are participating including: Spain, Portugal, Italy, Uruguay, South Africa, England, India, Germany, Colombia, Australia, Holland, Switzerland, Angola, Chile, France, Argentina and the USA.
Team USA, coached by Pat Ferguson and assisted by Toby Tagliapietra consists of: Jordon Andrews, Logan Brewer, Leonard Burnett, Allen Davis, Holland Elkins, Larry Hansen, Logan Reil, Nathan Schlessman, Shawn Schmelcher, and Jonathan Watson.
Their first game against Argentina was quite a well played game. Although we lost by a score of 12-3, we played them a lot closer and better than the score suggests. We had some good plays on offense as well as defense and put together a good looking game plan. They got a few breaks when we lost our concentration a couple times, but overall, we were very competitive with this South American powerhouse. Our guys showed a lot of poise in this game as well as a lot of promise for the upcoming games. I think the can regroup and get the job done. Our scorers were Shawn Schmelcher with 2 goals and Nathan Schlessman with 1 goal. Tomorrow we play Australia. GO USA!