Bermuda opened the 2008 Under 19 lacrosse world championships with a good win over Finland, 11-5. The game marks the first win by a team from Bermuda in international lacrosse history.
Captain Matt Restaino started the scoring while Tucker Moore and Tyler Masters quickly followed suite adding their own goals. Kyle Tucker, DaZhon Johnston, and Chris Sullivan were the other goal scorers on the day.
Finland kept Bermuda on their toes by playing a physical game and winning the majority of faceoffs but Bermuda’s ground ball and clearing game kept them in control.
Bermuda’s defense, anchored by Jake Nichols, Stephen Mayor, and Bobby Smith was busy all day and performed well under pressure.
Rookie Cortland Moore, younger brother to Tucker, got his first game action by absorbing a crushing blow from the Finland defense yet maintaining perfect field awareness to win the ground ball battle.
Goalie Nick Fitzgerald had 5 saves.
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