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TURKU, FINLAND This photo captures the spirit of the rigorous game of lacrosse, as the Iroquois Nationals made history on Tuesday. In this game, the Iroquois Nationals defeated Team USA 15-13 in their final game of round-robin play at the U19 World Lacrosse Championships in Turku, Finland.
This year's Iroquois Nationals come from seven different American Indian / First Nations affiliations: Mohawk -16; Seneca - 3; Onondaga - 2; Tuscarora - 1; Cayuga - 2; Hiawatha - 1 and Oneida - 1
With this team of Native players, American Indians and other indigenous people worldwide have been proud of their great sportsmanship and championship success this year.
It can be said the Iroquois gave the world lacrosse. The following is from the Iroquois Nationals website:at www.iroquoisnationals.org
The Iroquois are the originators of the modern day game of Lacrosse. Shrouded in time, Lacrosse was played among the Confederacy long before the coming of the Europeans to the shores of North America. It can be said that when the Europeans first came to America, Lacrosse was one of the most popular and widespread games played across the continent and with many variations. The long stick game played internationally today belongs to the Iroquois.
Unfortunately, the Iroquois Nationals were beaten on Thursday by the same Team USA by a score of 12-7.
Today, they will play England for the Bronze Medal beginning at 6 am, edt.
Special thanks to Greg Horn, a Mohawk journalist/photojournalist from Kahnawake. Horn owns and operates an online newspaper based in Kahnawake called Iorìwase www.kahnawakenews.com
posted July 21, 2012 6:00 am edt