COLUMBUS, Ohio – The United States U-21 men’s national team is bringing a gold medal home and two Buckeyes are a big reason why.
Nick Myers, head coach of the U-21 team, and Jacob Snyder, a rising senior and defenseman on the team, helped the United States defeat Canada 12-10 on Saturday to secure gold at the 2022 World Lacrosse Men’s U-21 World Championship in Limerick, Ireland. It’s the ninth world title in U.S. lacrosse history and the second with Myers as the head coach. The Americans also defeated Canada in 2016, 13-12, on a goal with eight seconds remaining. The U.S. is now 54-2 all-time in junior championship play.
On Myers’ coaching staff were two former Buckeyes – Pat Myers, a 2003 graduate, and Andrew Stimmel, a team captain in 2010.
The United States cruised through pool play, outscoring its four opponents 54-12. After emerging unscathed in Pool A, the red, white and blue beat Puerto Rico, 21-3, in the quarterfinals. The following afternoon the Americans outlasted Haudenosaunee by a 10-2 score, holding its opponents without an even strength goal.
The Americans never trailed in the championship game, although Canada cut the U.S. lead to a single goal twice in the second half. Two current Buckeyes – Trent DiCicco and Alex Marinier – were on the Canadian team.
From 1988 through 2016, this championship used the U-19 age grouping. World Lacrosse has since reclassified it to a U-20 championship moving forward. The 2022 event was given a one-time age exemption to U21 due to postponements from the global pandemic.