BRIDGEPORT, Pa. — Former Salem International University standout and French Olympian Michal Izdinsky shot zero-for-two as France fell to Italy, 10-2, in the Bronze Medal game of the 29th Summer Universiade/University Games at the Taipei Songshan Sports Center in Taipei City, Chinese Taipei (Taiwan).
France finishes in Fourth Place at the 16-team tournament (Taiwan/Chinese Taipei, France, South Korea, Great Britain, Italy, Australia, the Netherlands, Argentina, Canada, South Africa, Hungary, Serbia, the United States, Russia, Japan, Romania) and falls to 5-2 at the University Games.
The French never led in the game as the squad fell behind 2-0 by the conclusion of the first quarter and trailed 5-1 after the opening half of play. Italy continued to pull away in the second half by opening up a 7-2 lead by the conclusion of the third quarter prior to racking up three more strikes in the fourth quarter for the 10-2 final score.
Izdinsky, who did not play in a 10-3 semifinal defeat by Serbia on Monday, August 28, concludes the University Games with 15 goals and four assists as he opened the tournament with four goals in a 17-5 defeat of the United Kingdom/Great Britain on Friday, August 18, prior to netting another four goal output in a 27-0 win versus host Chinese Taipei/Taiwan on Sunday, August 20. In the final game of Pool A competition, Izdinsky scored twice in 20:50 of playing time as France dealt the Republic of Korea/South Korea a 16-8 defeat. Squaring off with the Republic of South Africa on Wednesday, August 23, to reach the quarterfinals, Izdinsky scored twice and added an assist in 22:01 of playing time as France claimed a 13-5 victory. He then chipped in three goals, dished out a trio of assists, grabbed two steals and field blocked a shot in 18:31 of playing time as France swamped Great Britain, 13-4, on Friday, August 25, in the quarterfinals to earn a date with Serbia in the semifinals.