TOWSON, Maryland, USA – The top four seeds in the championship bracket all advanced to the semifinals on day eight of the 2022 World Lacrosse Women’s Championship.
The United States, Canada, England and Australia all rolled through their quarterfinals, and they combine to reprise the same semifinalist quartet from the last world championship in 2017.
The United States will face Argentina at 7 p.m. local time before Canada takes on England at 9 p.m. on Thursday at Unitas Stadium. Both matches will be televised on ESPN2 in the United States.
The United States put an end to Japan’s impressive run with a 18-3 win in the quarterfinals. Japan entered the contest with the best scoring offense and defense in Towson, but the USA exited the game with both honors and a tournament-best +12.8 winning margin. Kayla Treanor, Charlotte North, Sam Apuzzo, Kylie Ohlmiller and Taylor Cummings all recorded three or more points.
Canada slowed down Czech Republic’s star-studded offense in a 15-7 quarterfinal victory. Erica Evans and Hannah Morris both scored hat tricks for the Canadian offense while Kaylin Morissette and Annabel Child both amassed five draw controls. Canada built up a 20-6 edge on draw controls and tied for the third-most as a team in a game this tournament.
England advanced to the semifinals after stopping an undefeated Israel team, 13-5. Megan Whittle scored another four goals for England to bring her tournament total to 22, the second most among all athletes. Olivia Hompe contributed three goals and two assists and now ranks fifth in points with 22.
Three more stars
Three-time All-World selection Hannah Nielsen scored five points for Australia for the second game in a row with three goals and two assists. The Aussies halted the Haudenosaunee’s four-game winning streak with a 17-3 win.
Sophy Coombes-Roberts erupted for seven points with four goals and three assists to help Wales past Mexico, 17-5, in the championship consolation bracket.
Jamie Džeimija Lasda delivered a crucial five goals and eight draw controls for Latvia in a 12-11 rollercoaster win over Sweden. She scored a go-ahead goal with four minutes to play to help her team advance from the platinum bracket quarterfinals.
A full recap of day eight can be found below.
Australia ended the Haudenosaunee’s four game winning-streak with a 17-3 victory in the quarterfinals. The Australians have now appeared in the semifinals in all 11 editions of the world championship.
Former All-World selection Hannah Nielsen scored five points for Australia for the second game in a row with three goals and two assists. Bonnie Yu and Georgia Latch each added a hat trick. Australia’s defense limited the Haudenosaunee to just 12 shots and four on goal.
England advanced to the semifinals after stopping an undefeated Israel team, 13-5. England is now a top-four finisher for the ninth-consecutive championship and will be looking to make the gold medal match for the first time since 1993.
Megan Whittle scored another four goals for England to bring her tournament total to 22, the second most among all athletes. Olivia Hompe contributed three goals and two assists and now ranks fifth in points with 22.
Canada advanced to the semifinals by outlasting an undefeated Czech Republic team, 15-7. Canada has made its sixth semifinal in a row and its 10th in 11 appearances.
Erica Evans and Hannah Morris both scored hat tricks for the Canadian offense while Kaylin Morissette and Annabel Child both amassed five draw controls. Canada built up a 20-6 edge on draw controls and tied for the third-most as a team in a game this tournament.
Isabelle Martire maintained her spot as the tournament’s points and goals leader in defeat, racking up five goals and an assist for the Czech Republic. She has scored five or more goals in five out of six games.
The United States is now the only undefeated team left in Towson after stopping Japan’s run in a 18-3 victory. The USA has made the semifinals in all 11 of its championship campaigns.
Japan entered the game with the top scoring offense and defense, but the USA exited the game with both honors and a tournament-best +12.8 winning margin.
Kayla Treanor, Charlotte North, Sam Apuzzo, Kylie Ohlmiller and Taylor Cummings all recorded three or more points for the USA.
The Netherlands coasted by Spain, 15-2, to pick up their third win at the tournament in the quarterfinals of the platinum bracket.
China also picked up its third win in Towson by getting the better of Korea, 8-5.
The two teams will meet in the first semifinal of the platinum bracket at 11 am. on Thursday at Unitas Stadium.
Sarah Sweerts de Landas Wyborgh scored five goals and added three ground balls. The Netherlands picked up 22 ground balls throughout the contest, the second-most in a game at the tournament.
Shannon Brazier propelled China to a win with three goals and two assists and goalkeeper Runying Wang made 10 saves on 15 shots.
Korea’s Esprit Cha scored all five of her team’s goals.
Latvia escaped with a 12-11 win over Sweden in a rollercoaster quarterfinal in the platinum bracket. Latvia overturned a third quarter deficit with a four-goal run to lead 11-8. Sweden answered back in the fourth quarter with its own run to tie the game at 11-11 with five minutes to play.
Jamie Džeimija Lasda scored the game-winning-goal for Latvia with four minutes to go, her fifth goal of the game to go along with eight draw controls.
Sara Björk finished with four goals and two assists in defeat for Sweden.
Italy got back into action with a 7-6 overtime win over Norway in the platinum bracket quarterfinals. Stephanie Colson recorded two goals and seven draw controls and Michelle Powers and Mariangela Alvino both added two goals as well.
Kine Ødegård made ten saves for Norway, and she ranks third in the tournament with 47 total saves.
Wales rebounded from their round of 16 defeat by routing Mexico, 17-5, to advance in the bracket towards ninth place.
Sophy Coombes-Roberts erupted for seven points with four goals and three assists. Amy Martin also scored four goals. Wales dominated the draw control battle 16-9, spurred by seven from Charlotte Williams.
Scotland staged a massive comeback to defeat Ireland, 9-8, and pick up its first win of the tournament. The Scots trailed 8-5 after a 3-0 third quarter for Ireland, but they scored four unanswered goals in the final frame, including the game winner with 1:19 to play, to seal the win.
Hannah Whiteley grabbed the go-ahead goal on a free position shot for her second strike of the contest. Zoe Dickson and Charlotte Bergqvist also scored twice for Scotland.
Katrina Dowd powered Ireland with three goals and assist in defeat.
Puerto Rico pulled away from Germany late to win 10-8 in an entertaining battle between one-loss teams.
Skylar Carrasquillo and Brianna Carrasquillo both scored a hat trick while Skylar added four draw controls. Natalie and Maria Pansini combined for three goals and seven draw controls.
Argentina won its first game at Towson by racing past Colombia, 14-3. Argentina will face Jamaica tomorrow, while Colombia ends its run at Towson in 29th place.
Sofia Michael registered four goals and an assist for Argentina and Gretta White contributed three goals, an assist, six ground balls and three draw controls.
Schedule for Thursday, July 7
Both semifinals will be aired on ESPN2. The remaining matches will be carried on ESPN+.
Championship Bracket – Semifinals
7 p.m. – United States vs. Australia, Unitas Stadium
9 p.m. – Canada vs. England, Unitas Stadium
Platinum Bracket – Semifinals
11 a.m. – China vs. Netherlands, Unitas Stadium
2 p.m. – Latvia vs. Italy, Unitas Stadium
10 a.m. – Mexico vs. Germany, Tiger Field
1 p.m. – Hong Kong, China vs. Ireland, Tiger Field
4 p.m. – Wales vs. Puerto Rico, Tiger Field
7 p.m. – New Zealand vs. Scotland, Tiger Field
9 a.m. – Switzerland vs. Austria, Lower Field
12 p.m. – Jamaica vs. Argentina, Lower Field
3 p.m. – Korea vs. Spain, Lower Field
6 p.m. – Norway vs. Sweden, Lower Field