USA and Canada play for Gold on Saturday, Australia faces England for Bronze.
FROM THURSDAY 20 JULY 2017 GAMES
USA 19 v 8 England
—Brian Logue, US Lacrosse, FIL Contributing Editor (Photos: Ady Kerry QEP)
(USLacrosse) The United States is on to the gold medal game at the FIL Rathbones Women’s Lacrosse World Cup after beating England 19-8 on Thursday in Guildford, England. The U.S. will meet Canada on Saturday at 10 a.m. (Eastern time) in a rematch of the 2013 World Cup final.
The U.S. downed England 18-1 in pool play last Saturday, and quickly scored two goals in the opening two minutes by Ally Carey and Kayla Treanor, but England put up a much bigger fight in today’s semifinal.
Laura Merrifield and Lucy Lynch answered with back-to-back goals for England to tie the game. The U.S. then scored three straight goals, but England kept within striking distance and Merrifield’s goal with just 32 seconds left in the opening half left the U.S. with a 9-5 halftime lead.
Treanor scored less than a minute into the second half to put the U.S. in double digits, but England’s Camilla Hayes scored her third of the goal to pull the English back to within four goals and it stayed that way for a few minutes behind some solid goaltending from England’s Isabel McNab.
With 24:38 to go in the game, Treanor beat McNab to ignite an eight-goal U.S. run over the next 15 minutes to seal the victory.
Treanor led the U.S. offense with five goals and three assists to earn Player of the Match honors. It was the second time in the tournament that she was named the Player of the Match against England. Treanor set a U.S. team single-game World Cup record with 12 points in the pool play game against England, leaving her with 20 points in her two games against England in this tournament. She is the leading scorer in the tournament with 43 points (24g, 19a).
Michelle Tumolo was one of five U.S. players with two goals and she also added three assists. Devon Wills went the distance in goal to earn the win for the U.S., and she made five of her six saves in the second half.
Hayes’ three goals led England and McNab finished with 12 saves.
In the other semifinal, Canada won a wild 8-6 overtime affair against Australia to advance to the World Cup final for the second straight year.
The U.S. has now reached the championship game of all 10 World Cups held since 1982. The U.S. won the world title in 1982, 1989, 1993, 1997, 2001, 2009 and 2013. Australia won the title in 1986 and 2005.
This is Canada’s second trip to the World Cup final in its history and it is assured of winning its fourth overall medal. Canada won bronze in 1982 and 2009 and won the silver in 2013 when the U.S. won the final game by a score of 19-5.
The U.S. beat Canada 17-3 during pool play in a game that favored the U.S. just 3-2 more than 20 minutes into the contest. The U.S. then ripped off 14 straight goals to break it open.
Saturday’s championship game will be live streamed at https://www.247.tv/live/lacrosse/rathbones-lacrosse-world-cup-2017
U.S. Goals: Kayla Treanor 5, Ally Carey 2, Brooke Griffin 2, Marie McCool 2, Katie Schwarzmann 2, Michelle Tumolo 2, Alex Aust 1, Taylor Cummings 1, Kelly Rabil 1, Laura Zimmerman 1..
U.S. Assists: Kayla Treanor 3, Michelle Tumolo 3, Taylor Cummings 1, Brooke Griffin 1.
U.S. Goaltending: Devon Wills (6 saves, 8 GA, 60 min)
England Goals: Camilla Hayes 3, Laura Merrifield 2, Sophie Brett 1, Lucy Lynch 1, Mean Whittle 1.
England Assists: Victoria Anderson 1, Olivia Hompe 1, Kirsten Lafferty 1.
England Goaltending: Isabel McNab (12 saves, 16 GA, 47 min), Sally Keough (3 saves, 3 GA, 13 min)
Canada 8 v 6 Australia (OT)
—Alain Brouillette, CLA Communications and Marketing Coordinator (Photos: Ady Kerry QEP)
(Canadian Lacrosse Association) Canada will play for gold at the 2017 FIL Rathbones Women’s Lacrosse World Cup in Guildford, England, after a thrilling 8-6 overtime win over Australia in the semifinals. They will take on the defending champion United States on Saturday, July 22 at 10:00AM EST.
An incredible performance from goaltender Katie Donohoe, who made seven saves in the second half, helped Canada reach the World Cup final for only the second time since its inception in 1982. They last played for gold in 2013, losing to the Americans on home soil in Oshawa, Ont.
“I’m very proud of my team right now,” said a smiling Donohoe. “We had a tough second half, but we stuck with it and didn’t give up.”
Donohoe turned away 12 of the 18 shots she faced, earning her the game’s most valuable player award, much to the delight of her teammates who were chanting her name as they lined-up for the post-game presentation.
“Katie was outstanding today,” praised head coach Scott Teeter. “She made all the saves we needed her to make and stole a good dozen or so point blank attempts.”
“We have to give our defence credit, and I know she [Donohoe] will as well, for limiting their opportunities to the outside and getting a stick on their shot attempts.”
Canada let a 5-3 first half lead slowly slip away, with Hannah Nielsen eventually putting the Aussies ahead 6-5 with less than five minutes to play in the game, stunning the Canadian fans.
The lead was short-lived, however, as a determined Dana Dobbie did her best to ensure that her team’s effort wouldn’t end in heartbreak.
She received the ball along the goal line and exploiting a one-on-one matchup, rolling off her defender and firing a hard side-arm shot into the top corner to score the equalizer with 3:21 remaining in regulation.
Canada’s defense would then successfully hold off the Australian attack in the dying minutes to force overtime.
“When the game is on the line, she brings it,” said Teeter. “Dana is definitely our leader. It’s an easy decision who’s gonna get the ball for the last shot.”
Dobbie’s goal seemed to deflate an already exhausted Australian squad, allowing the Canadians to take advantage.
Megan Kinna would score the go-ahead goal on a beautiful drive 2:42 into the extra period to give her team the lead. Alie Jimerson added an insurance marker, with a man-up in the final minute, to seal the deal.
“It was a nail-biter for sure,” said coach Teeter. “You have to give Australia credit, they battled all the way to the end. When we misfired in the second half on offence, they took advantage of it.”
While the team’s high powered offence has garnered much of the attention so far this tournament, today’s game proved the importance of having a capable goaltending tandem like Donohoe and Allison Daley.
The Peterborough natives share a special bond, one that Donohoe is clearly grateful of.
“I really appreciate having her,” said Donohoe of her counterpart. “She’s been with me this entire journey, and since I started playing lacrosse, and I wouldn’t want to be backstopping Team Canada with anyone else.”
Canada will be in tough against an undefeated American team in this weekend’s final. The winners of seven World Cup titles advanced to the championship game after a 19-8 win over England in the other semifinal.
“We have to rest up in a hurry because that was a taxing game on our bodies. Tomorrow we have to put our game plan together and then be ready to leave it all on the field for the gold medal game.”
The championship final of the 2017 FIL World Cup will take place on Saturday, July 22 at 10:00AM EST. It will be broadcast live on the BBC Sports website (geographical restrictions may apply), and will also be available to watch from anywhere in Canada via pay-per-view webcast provided by www.247.tv.
SEMIFINALS FOR 5TH-8TH PLACE SEEDS
Israel 8 v 7 Wales (OT)
(Israel Lacrosse) The Israel women’s national team has a flair for the dramatic in 2017, securing their second overtime victory of the FIL Women’s World Cup and climbing into the top-six in the world rankings with an 8-7 win over Wales at Surrey Sports Park on Tuesday.
Alison “clutch” Curwin again scored the game-tying and game-winning goals in overtime, just as she did earlier in the week in a first-round playoff game against Japan, shocking the mostly pro-Wales crowd.
The victory secures a likely promotion to the top division for the Israelis; short of a dramatic change to the tournament format, the blue-and-white will control their own destiny as the women hope to secure their first medal on the world stage in 2021.
Thursday’s match was an exciting back-and-forth affair, with no team leading by more than two goals at any point in the contest.
Wales led 6-5 with under two minutes to play before Ali Steinberg tied the match to force overtime. Wales’ Iona Dryden struck first in the first overtime, before Curwin answered back with 47 seconds left to force sudden-death.
The third period proved fruitless for both teams, but Curwin again scored on a feed from Sarah Andersen with 58 seconds left to secure the win.
Curwin, Emma Lazaroff and Jessi Steinberg finished with two goals each, while Ali Steinberg and Jayme Verman added singles. Andersen chipped in an assist.
Alex Freedman (71:02, 11 saves, 7 GA) earned the win in goal.
The Israelis (6-1) will wrap up their 2017 campaign against rival Scotland (1-6) in the 5th-place match at 6:00 PM local / 8:00 PM Israel / 1:00 PM ET.
Scotland 7 v 5 New Zealand
Jenni Aiton (2G,1A) and Alisa Scott (2G,0A) led the way for Scotland as they edged New Zealand in a tightly fought contest.
Chloe Caruthers, Chess Gray and Suzie Oliphant each added a goal for Scotland.
New Zealand’s offense was led by Victoria Lelo (2G, 0A) with Nikki Fordyce, Nicole Goode and Sian Keys each adding a goal for the Kiwis.
Scotland faces Israel in the 5th place game today at 6:00pm.
New Zealand will meet Wales in the 7th place game at 3:00pm.