TOWSON, Maryland, USA – Eight teams advanced to the quarterfinals on an action-packed Tuesday at the 2022 World Lacrosse Women’s Championship, highlighted by three wins from lower seeded teams.
The Haudenosaunee, the Czech Republic and Japan scored victories in the round of 16, against No. 5 Scotland, No. 7 Germany, and No. 8 New Zealand.
The top four seeds – the United States, Canada, England and Australia – all advanced from the round of the 16 as well.
Additional quarterfinalist Israel is one of four remaining undefeated teams along with Japan, the Czech Republic and the United States.
The Haudenosaunee scored the biggest upset of the day, upending the No. 5 Scotland, 11-9, as the 12th seed. The Haudenosaunee will play in their second-ever quarterfinal after last doing so in 2013. Miya Scanlan scored five goals to go with two ground balls and three draw controls.
The Czech Republic held off Germany in a battle of two undefeated teams, 14-9. The Czechs advanced to the top eight for the first time since 2005. Isabelle Martire extended her lead atop the goals and points leaderboard in Towson with five goals, while Anna Lottmann added four goals and two assists.
Japan made a statement in the round of 16, knocking off No. 8 New Zealand, 12-3, to return to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2013. Japan’s defense, allowing 3.2 goals per game, has been the best throughout the tournament. Hikari Takano led the offense with three goals and an assist.
Three more stars:
Megan Whittle scored six goals for England in an 11-1 win over Wales. She ranks second in the tournament with 18 total goals.
Aurora Cordingley helped Canada get past Puerto Rico, 17-6, with three goals and two assists. She ranks in the top 10 at the championship in points and assists.
Stephanie Kelly scored four goals and added an assist to guide Australia past Ireland, 18-4.
A full recap of the day can be found below.
Israel became the first team to seal its spot in the quarterfinals of the championship bracket with a 12-3 win over Mexico.
England joined them as the second team in the quarterfinals with an 11-1 win over Wales.
Both teams will meet in the first quarterfinal tomorrow at 11 a.m. at Unitas Stadium. Israel will make its third quarterfinal in its third appearance at the championship while England has finished in the top eight in all of its appearances.
Zoe Martin scored a hat trick to lead the way for Israel and four other players added goals: Lindsey McKone, Ali Steinberg Burnard and Jessi Steinberg Stone. Israel’s defense caused 11 turnovers.
England’s offense relied on Megan Whittle in a low-scoring affair, as she contributed six of the 11 goals. England’s defense was excellent, allowing just 14 shots and six shots on goal, with goalkeepers Brittany Read and Katherine Greenwood making five saves altogether.
The Haudenosaunee knocked off fifth-seeded Scotland, 11-9, to advance to the quarterfinals. It was the Haudenosaunee’s fourth win in a row, and they are the first lower-seeded team to win their matchup in the round of 16.
Australia started their playoff campaign with a comfortable 18-4 victory over Ireland.
The two teams will meet in the second quarterfinal on Wednesday, July 6 at 2 p.m. in Unitas Stadium.
Miya Scanlan starred again for the Haudenosaunee with five goals, and now ranks second in the tournament with 18, and fourth in points with 20. Paige Crandall made nine saves to keep Scotland at bay.
The Haudenosaunee will play in their second quarterfinal in their history, after doing so in 2013.
Stephanie Kelly and Hayley Sofarnos both notched four goals for Australia and Ashtyn Hiron added three of her own. Australia has now posted a top-eight finish or better in all 11 of its world championship appearances.
Canada advanced to the quarterfinals after taking care of business against Puerto Rico, 17-6.
Czech Republic survived and advanced, 14-9, after a stiff test from Germany.
The teams will meet each other in the third quarterfinal at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at Unitas Stadium. Canada has finished top-eight or better in all 11 of its world championships, while the Czech Republic is advancing to the top eight for the third time in five appearances and for the first time since 2005.
Erica Evans scored four goals for her second game in a row for Canada. Aurora Cordingley fueled the offense as well with three goals and two assists. Canada shot 4-4 on free position shots and they have the third best percentage there in the tournament at 63 percent. On the whole, Canada has been the most efficient with their shots in Towson with a 57 percent shooting percentage.
Czech Republic’s quartet of stars performed once again against a Germany defense that had top five at the tournament heading into the game. Isabelle Martire maintained her hold as the points leader and goals leader in Towson with five goals. Anna Lottmann turned in four goals and two assists, Michaela Srchová added three goals and two assists and Tierney Larson rounded out a successful evening with a goal and two assists.
Japan recorded a statement win over the eighth seed New Zealand, 12-3.
The United States posted the first shutout of the tournament with a 21-0 win over Hong Kong, the 16th seed.
The two teams will meet in the last quarterfinal on Wednesday at 8 p.m. in Unitas Stadium.
Japan advanced to the top eight for the sixth time in eight appearances, but for the first time since 2013. Japan’s defense, allowing 3.2 goals per game, has been the best throughout the tournament. Hikari Takano led the offense with three goals and an assist.
The United States now have the second best scoring offense and defense at the championship, with an average winning margin of 12 goals. Marie McCool, Ally Kennedy and Kylie Ohlmiller all recorded a hat trick, and Ohlmiller added three assists as well.
Spain picked up its first win in Towson in dramatic fashion, as it defeated Switzerland 6-5 in overtime. Catalina Burguera scored three of the six goals including the sudden victory winner.
Spain’s extraordinary effort on ground balls, a 19-9 advantage, helped offset a 12-3 edge in draw controls for Switzerland.
Spain will face Netherlands in the platinum bracket quarterfinals tomorrow at 10 a.m. on Tiger Field.
Sweden pulled away from a stiff challenge from Argentina in the fourth quarter to win, 12-10.
Latvia won its second game in Towson after racing past Colombia, 13-1.
The two teams will face each other in the platinum bracket quarterfinals tomorrow at 4 p.m. on Tiger Field.
Emma McCrea scored three for Sweden and Teckla Jackson and Sara Björk each added two goals.
As for Latvia, Laura Liepiņa registered the most points with three goals and two assists. Latvia held their opponents to just three shots total and scooped up 20 ground balls.
Korea came away with their first win in Towson after knocking off Austria, 13-7. Korea advances to the platinum bracket quarterfinals, where they will face China at 1 p.m. tomorrow on Tiger Field.
Anna Kim stuffed the scoresheet with four goals and two assists while Esprit Cha and Yoori Hong each contributed three goals.
Norway won its second game of the event by dispatching Jamaica, 14-6. The Norwegians will face Italy in the quarterfinals of the platinum bracket at 7 p.m. on Tiger Field.
Tale Solfjeld and Oda Lier both contributed two goals and an assist to spur the offense. Kine Ødegård continued her strong tournament with seven saves on 13 shots – she ranks fourth in saves.
Schedule for Wednesday, July 6
All matches will be carried on ESPN+ except for Argentina vs. Colombia.
Championship Bracket – Quarterfinals
11 a.m. – England vs. Israel, Unitas Stadium
2 p.m. – Australia vs. Haudenosaunee, Unitas Stadium
5 p.m. – Canada vs. Czech Republic, Unitas Stadium
8 p.m. – USA vs. Japan, Unitas Stadium
Platinum Bracket – Quarterfinals
10 a.m. – Netherlands vs. Spain, Tiger Field
1 p.m. – China vs. Korea, Tiger Field
4 p.m. – Latvia vs. Sweden, Tiger Field
7 p.m. – Italy vs , Tiger Field
9 a.m. – Mexico vs. Wales, Lower Field
12 p.m. – Scotland vs. Ireland, Lower Field
3 a.m. – Germany vs. Puerto Rico, Lower Field
6 a.m. – Hong Kong vs. New Zealand, Lower Field
1:30 p.m. – Argentina vs. Colombia, Burdick Field