TURKU, Finland – After all the individual awards and medals were handed out, finally the public address announcer at the center of the field asked for the U.S. under-19 men’s national team captains to approach and take the trophy that signaled their 2012 FIL U19 World Championship game win.
Except the three captains didn’t go. The entire 23-player roster did.
My how the times did change since arrival in Finland two weeks ago. A team that now self-admits it was being selfish on offense, uncommunicative on defense and not up to par between the lines, turned around its fortunes after a pair of pool play losses to the Iroquois Nationals and Canada earlier in the tournament.