July 18, 2016
Columbus, Ohio— The U19 World Championships concluded over the weekend, with the United States winning the thrilling final game over Canada 13-12. Though the players and coaches were representing their respective countries, there was plenty of Scarlet and Gray on both sidelines.
The championship-winning team from the United States featured Matt Borges and Christian Feliziani as well as head coach Nick Myers, who was the head man on Team USA’s staff. Jeff Henrick, Justin Inacio, and Tre Leclaire all competed for the Canadian team.
Borges suited up five times for his squad while Feliziani played in six games. Borges collected four ground balls during the tournament and Feliziani had 17 while going 33-for-47 on faceoffs.
Their Canadian counterparts each played in six games for their respective team. Henrick wrangled in five groundballs on defense while Inacio tallied two goals and was 81-for-130 on faceoffs. Leclaire was the highest scoring Buckeye representative at the tournament, notching 11 goals and three assists for 14 points, tied for fourth-most on the team. He scored the game-winner in his team’s opening matchup against England.
In the championship game both Leclaire and Inacio found the back of the net with Leclaire leading all comers with three goals.
This was the eighth championship for the U.S. at this level and it certainly did not come easy: the Americans trailed 8-2 at halftime and the game-winner came with just eight seconds left in regulation.