Every Thursday, World Lacrosse is highlighting a classic game from the Summer of Lacrosse.
The fourth Throwback Thursday comes from the 2022 World Lacrosse Men’s U21 Championship in Ireland, where Korea stormed back against Latvia in the platinum bracket quarterfinals to win 7-6 in the first overtime game of the tournament.
𝙏𝙝𝙧𝙤𝙬𝙗𝙖𝙘𝙠 𝙏𝙝𝙪𝙧𝙨𝙙𝙖𝙮 📅
We’re running it back to this @KoreaLacrosse comeback over Latvia in the Men’s U21 Championship in Limerick 💪
Watch 🇱🇻🆚🇰🇷 from August 17 🎥⤵️ pic.twitter.com/blxsktWLAo
— World Lacrosse (@WorldLacrosse) November 3, 2022
Latvia jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the second quarter, but Korea patiently engineered a comeback. After Ethan Ashley scored in the last minute of the first half, Korea was held scoreless throughout a tense third quarter and entered the final frame down 5-2.
Luke Smith scored twice to bring the game within one, and then Ethan Ashley took over in the final minutes. Ashley tied the game up with five and a half minutes to play and then took the lead with just under three minutes to play at 6-5, capping a five-goal run.
Latvia recovered just in time to tie the game on a Georgs Rozinš goal with 47 seconds left to play, snapping a 41 minute drought on just their sixth shot of the half. Korea had dominated the half with 24 shots and 14 shots on goal, but Ryan Richters of Lativa made 10 second half saves en-route to 21 total.
After the wild five-goal fourth quarter, Jisung Jung stepped up and won the game for Korea with his third goal of the tournament.
Ashley finished the game with four goals and an assist.