World Lacrosse Men’s U21 Championship: Hong Kong end with loss to finish 14th
- They lose platinum final to Netherlands to relinquish their unbeaten record at last
- China win 17th-place final 10-9 against Wales later on Saturday, as USA beat Canada in gold medal match
Hong Kong’s campaign at the World Lacrosse Men’s Under-21 Championship came to an end as they lost the platinum bracket final to the Netherlands.
The city’s team had been unbeaten until the final – their ranking placed them in the lower-tier platinum bracket – but they were finally outgunned by the Dutch on day 10 in Limerick, Ireland.
The Netherlands had lost to Hong Kong during the pool stage, but came out firing in the final, with Luke Macdonald claiming four goals and two assists and Christian Della Rocco three goals and an assist.
Tong Ka-chun won 19 of 22 face-offs for the Hong Kong side but the Netherlands pulled away to lead 8-5 after the third quarter and went on to finish 12-7 victors.
The result meant that Hong Kong finished 14th overall.
Japan won their championship consolation playoff to go through to the fifth-place match.
They beat Ireland 5-4 in a cagey affair in which there were only seven shots on goal. Ryuta Ishikawa scored twice for Japan, who will face England in the decider.
China were also in the platinum section, and won their 17th-place final against Wales 10-9 later in Saturday’s action.
The USA defeated Canada in the gold medal match, with Haudenosaunee beating Australia 10-6 to take third place.