History will have to wait another four years for the Canadian junior world field lacrosse team.
After handing the United States its first-ever defeat at the world field lacrosse championships, Canada was forced to settle for the silver medal following a 10-8 loss to the U.S. in the gold-medal final in Finland on Saturday.
The Canadians, including goalie Ross Bowman of New Westminster, handed the United States an 11-9 overtime loss in the opening game in the elite division at the 2012 world under-19 championships on July 14.
The win ended a 24-year unbeaten streak by the Americans, which began when the u-19 world championship was first held in 1988.
Canada parlayed that win into a first-place finish after round-robin play. The Maple Leaf advanced into the championship final following a routine 15-4 win over England in the semifinals.
The U.S. avenged a second earlier pool defeat to Iroquois Nationals, earning a spot in the gold-medal final with a subsequent 127 victory.
In the final, Canada and the U.S. ended the first quarter locked in a 2-2 tie. But the Americans outscored Canada 4-0 in the second period to lead by four at the half.
In the third quarter, Canada clawed its way back to 6-5, but could not get the deficit any closer than one goal the rest of the way. Ryan Tucker scored the 9-6 game-winning goal for the U.S. late in the third quarter.
B.C. representatives Wesley Berg and Reegan Comeault both scored in the final frame for Canada.
In other placement matches, Germany, with New Westminster resident Jonathan Rachfall, upset host Finland 7-6 in overtime.
Scotland prevailed over Wales 11-8, with local defender Allan McLucas and attack Jimmy McBride providing much of the scoring offence for the Scots.
McBride, who led the yellow division in pool scoring, finished the playoffs ninth in overall scoring with 11 goals and 13 total points.
Trailing Wales by six goals in the second quarter, McBride sparked the comeback win, scoring four of Scotland's goals before tying the score 6-6 in the fourth period. McBride tallied a fifth marker later in the period before teammate Nathan Collingwood's game-winner.
McBride also scored four times in a 10-5 win over the Netherlands in the playoff semifinals.