Impressive showing from Hong Kong on debut at World U19 Lacrosse Championships

Hong Kong University students finish third in their group in Canada

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 13 July, 2016, 9:55am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 13 July, 2016, 9:55am

Hong Kong’s junior lacrosse team finished third in their group on their debut at the World Under-19 Lacrosse championships in Coquitlam, British Columbia.

The team, comprised mainly of students from Hong Kong University, beat Taiwan (15-1) and Mexico (12-5) but lost to group winners Israel (3-10) and Germany (3-14).

The tournament is split into three divisions with the Blue Division featuring the top teams in the world – USA, Canada, Iroquois Nationals, England and Australia – and the Red and Green Divisions evenly split between the rest.

China, Hong Kong and Taiwan are competing at the event for the first time.

Canada-born Bryan Houghton has been Hong Kong’s star player so far with 12 goals and six assists, with Ko Long-fai notching five goals and five assists.

Hong Kong will face either Mexico or Scotland in their bracket semi-final and can finish as high as ninth in the 14-team tournament.