TOWSON, Maryland, USA – Day five at the 2022 World Lacrosse Women’s Championship featured three one-goal thrillers and a handful of teams cementing their seeding as pool play winds down.
The top two teams in Pools B-F secure a spot in the Championship bracket along with one third place team and all five teams from Pool A.
The end of pool play on Monday is highlighted by a Hong Kong, China – New Zealand clash for the top of Pool D and a Wales – Latvia clash for second place in Pool C.
Ireland handed Hong Kong, China its first loss in Towson, 12-11, in overtime in one of the games of the championship so far. Cliodhna Kerr scored six goals, including the last three of the game, while Margaret Egan ended with seven assists, the most in a game in the championship.
The Haudenosaunee locked up their spot in the championship bracket with a 20-5 win over Switzerland to take second place in Pool E. Miya Scanlan scored five goals and racked up eight draw controls.
Czech Republic prevailed 14-6 over Mexico in a battle of undefeated teams to take control of Pool B at 3-0. Isabelle Martire continued her star play with four goals, two assists and seven draw controls and currently leads the tournament with 19 points.
Three more stars:
Kaylin Morissette set the tournament-high for draw controls with 14 in Canada’s 13-8 win over England.
Shannon Brazier recorded 11 draw controls, the second-best mark of the tournament, to go along with a strong offensive output of three goals and two assists as China defeated Argentina 11-10.
Georgia Latch paced Australia with four goals and two assists as the team picked up a 16-5 win over Scotland.
The full recap of day five can be found below.
Puerto Rico opened the action on day five of the 2022 World Lacrosse Women’s Championship with a 12-4 win over Norway. Puerto Rico improved to 3-1 and remained in second place in Pool B.
Puerto Rico outshot their opponents 36-10 and won more draw controls by a 15-5 margin. Maria Pansini recorded three goals and an assist while her sister Natalie notched two goals and an assist. Adrianna Nojaim totaled two goals, two assists and five draw controls.
Norways’ goalkeeper Kine Ødegård made 13 saves.
Ireland handed Hong Kong, China its first loss in Towson, 12-11, in overtime in one of the games of the championship so far.
Ireland led 8-6 heading into the fourth quarter, but Hong Kong scored four unanswered goals to take a two-goal lead in the fourth quarter. Trailing two with 3:45 to play, Ireland staged a furious comeback that ended with a dramatic free position shot from Cliodhna Kerr with seven seconds remaining.
Kerr went on to score the winner just 54 seconds into overtime on a pass from Margaret Egan. Kerr scored the last three goals of the game to finish with six, while Egan ended with seven assists, the most in a game in the championship.
Ireland and Hong Kong both improved to 2-1, but with a head-to-head tiebreaker, Ireland stands in second place in Pool D behind New Zealand, who is 3-0. Hong Kong will face New Zealand while Ireland will face Austria on what is shaping up to be a dramatic final day of pool play on Monday.
Czech Republic prevailed 14-6 over Mexico in a battle of undefeated teams to take the reigns of Pool B at 3-0. Isabelle Martire continued her star play with four goals, two assists and seven draw controls and currently leads the tournament with 19 points, coming on 15 goals and four assists.
Goalkeeper Anna Ničová made six saves on eight shots in 45 minutes of action. Michaela Srchová added four goals, an assist and three ground balls, while Anna Lottmann tallied two goals and three assists.
Mexico’s Isabela Szejk recorded a hat trick.
China held off a furious comeback effort from Argentina to win 11-10 and improve to 2-2 in Pool E.
Shannon Brazier recorded 11 draw controls, the second-best mark of the tournament, to go along with a strong offensive output of three goals and two assists. Mary Gormley also recorded three goals and two assists while Charlotte Sawicki added a hat trick of her own.
Gretta White scored four goals and assisted two others for Argentina, who fell in their second one-goal game in a row. They trailed 11-6 after one minute in the fourth quarter and stormed back with four in a row before China was able to see out the game in the final few minutes.
Austria pulled out a nail-biter over Spain, 7-6, after coming back from a three-goal deficit in the first half and a fourth-quarter deficit.
Austria never led until its go-ahead goal with 2:15 to play from Sophia Schlagenhaufen on a free position shot. Seven different players scored the team’s seven goals.
Teresa Burguera scored three goals for Spain while Catalina Burguera had three assists, two of which went to Teresa.
Italy closed out their pool play schedule with an emphatic 17-2 victory over Colombia. Italy finished Pool F with a 2-2 record and bounced back after a close game against Mexico on day four.
Stephanie Colson and Colleen Owen, the top two scorers in Towson, led the way again with four goals apiece. Michelle Powers collected eight ground balls, the most in a game in the tournament.
Australia earned its first win in Towson by pouncing on Scotland, 16-5. Georgia Latch led the offense with four goals and two assists while former All-World selection Hannah Nielsen amassed two goals and three assists.
Three players caused multiple turnovers for Australia in Bonnie Yu, Beth Varga and Sarah Smith.
The Netherlands improved to 2-1 after taking care of Korea, 12-5. Netherlands’ goalkeepers, Friede Berendsen and Amarins Brandsma, combined to make 11 saves on 16 shots on goal.
Four players scored twice for the Netherlands: Dieke Spitzen, Sarah Sweerts de Landas Wyborgh, Imke de Haan, and Melle van Dilgt. They take on Israel tomorrow with an opportunity to top Pool B with a win.
The Haudenosaunee got a step closer to the championship bracket with a 20-5 win over Switzerland to improve to 2-1 in Pool E.
Miya Scanlan scored five, Wynter Jock contributed four and Lois Garlow contributed three in a dominant offensive performance. Scanlan added eight draw controls as the Haudenosaunee boasted a 20-9 edge in the circle.
The Haudenosaunee can clinch the second spot in the pool with a win over Argentina on Monday.
Canada pulled away in the second half for a Pool A win over England, 13-8. Kaylin Morrissette set the tournament-high with 14 draw controls as Canada tripled England’ count in the circle, 18-6.
Alie Jimerson scored a hat trick for the Canadians and Dana Dobbie continued her unblemished shooting percentage with two goals on two shots, bringing her total to eight goals on eight shots in three games.
Schedule for Sunday, July 3
All matches will be carried on ESPN+
9 a.m. – New Zealand vs. Hong Kong, Lower Field
10 a.m. – Sweden vs. Czech Republic, Tiger Field
11 a.m. – Mexico vs. Colombia, Unitas Stadium
12 p.m. – Austria vs. Ireland, Lower Field
1 p.m. – Norway vs. Korea, Tiger Field
2 p.m. – Wales vs. Latvia, Unitas Stadium
3 p.m. – Israel vs. Netherlands, Lower Field
4 p.m. – Jamaica vs. Germany, Tiger Field
5 p.m – England vs. USA, Unitas Stadium
6 p.m. – Argentina vs. Haudenosaunee, Lower Field
7 p.m. – Japan vs. Switzerland, Tiger Field
8 p.m. – England vs. Canada, Unitas Stadium