(LaxMagazine.com Staff Reports | Twitter) There was plenty of action at the first day of the 2013 FIL World Cup in Oshawa, Ontario, including Pool A foes United States and England, with the USA taking a 17-7 win and Australia and Wales, which ended with an 11-4 Australia victory.
United States 17, England 7
Player of the Match – USA’s Ally Carey
The United States rode the momentum of an 11-goal first half run to a 17-7 victory over England. Ten players tallied goals in a balanced attack by the Americans.
England scored first, as Laura Merrifield (University of Maryland) finished a shot on the doorstep just 47 seconds into the contest. From there, the U.S. took over, scoring 11 straight goals over a 21:19 period in the first half to take a commanding 13-2 lead into halftime.
U.S. team midfielder Ally Carey (Vanderbilt University) scored two goals and added a game-high six draw controls to earn player of the match honors. Kristen Lafferty (University of Birmingham) paced England with three goals and one assist, while Merrifield added three goals.
The win puts Team USA atop Pool A with a 1-0 record heading into Saturday’s 4:30 p.m. ET matchup against Wales.
Australia 11, Wales 4
Player of the Match – Australia’s Marlee Paton
The Aussies, who recently lost star midfielder Jen Adams to a torn ACL, rallied to take a strong day one win over the Welsh, jumping to a 6-1 lead at the half and holding on for the win.
Sonia LaMonica led the charge with two goals and two assists, while teammate Marlee Paton earned Player of the Match honors by scoring two goals with a team-high six shots. Goalie Sue McSolvin had five saves in the win, including four in the second half.
Wales was led by Ros Lloyd Rout’s hat-trick, with Laura Warren adding a pair of assists.
Both teams are in action again on Friday, with Wales taking on England at 5:30 p.m. followed by Australia and Canada facing off at 8 p.m. Both games will be covered on LaxMagazine.com
Japan 31, Hong Kong 2
Player of the Match – Japan’s Ryoko Ikura
Ryoko Ikura had a whopping 16 points to lead Japan to an easy victory over Hong Kong, jumping out to an 18-2 lead at the half and holding their opponent scoreless in the second. Rie Mito (5G, 3A, Eriko Ogawa (6G) and Nanae Iizuka (5, 1) also had big games for Japan, which faces Austria at 3PM on Friday.
Hong Kong plays Haudenosauee on Friday at 10AM, and saw Keiko Muramuatsu and Allison Lee score its first-half goals.
Ireland 15, Latvia 4
Player of the Match – Ireland’s Claire Halliday
Olivia Jackson led the Irish with six goals, while Claire Halliday earned player of the match honors for her four goal, five draw control effort. Kaitlyn Leidl had two goals and three assists for Ireland.
Latvia, playing in its first ever FIL World Cup, got two goals from Gretchen Lasda and a one goal, five ground ball effort from Rachel Lasda in the loss.
Haudenosaunee 28, Sweden 1
Player of the Match – Haudenosaunee’s Naomi Walser
Naomi Walser had five goals and five assists to lead the Haudenosauee to a lopsided win over first-time FIL participant Sweden in pool play. Erin Francis (5G, 4A) and Awehiyo Thomas (5, 1) also had big games in the win.
Anneli Jonsson had Sweden’s only goal in its debut, while Ebba Ovren controlled six draws.
New Zealand 19, Finland 3
Player of the Match – New Zealand’s Tori Lelo
Victoria Lelo’s six points (5G, 1A) led the Kiwis to an opening day win, aided by hat-tricks from Sarah Butler (3, 1) and Katie Knaus, who also controlled six draws.
Finland got a goal and an assist from Sinikka Ijas, while goalie Katri Tanninen made nine saves.
Israel 15, Germany 6
Player of the Match – Israel’s Lauren Dystra
Israel opened their first ever World Cup with a rousing victory over Germany. Lauren Dykstra led the way (5G), with Jenna Block (3G), Kimberly Dubansky (2G, 1A) and Alison Curwin (2G, 1A) all making major contributions to the Israeli effort.
Mareile Kriwall and Lisa Neubert each had two goals for Germany.
Both Goaltenders were solid with Sabine Paul making 9 saves for Germany and Julia Szafman stopping 7 shots for Israel.
Scotland 20, Netherlands 2
Player of the Match – Scotland’s Julia Paterson
Scotland opened pool play with a big win over The Netherlands.
Eleanor Bygroves (7 points) led the way for the Scots with 6 goals and an assist, Alisa Stott scored 4 goals and picked up an assist, Julia Paterson netted 3 goals with an assist and Elizabeth Gill added 2 more goals.
Mieke den Bakker scored twice for the Dutch.
Austria 8, South Korea 5
Player of the Match – Austria’s Nele Maier
Austria picked up a hard fought opening day win over South Korea.
The Austrian offense was provided by Katharina Bierbacher (3G) and Claudia Mikula (3G), both of whom scored hat tricks, and Isabelle Schimek who added two more goals.
South Korea’s tallies were provided by Eunah Choi (2G) with Yu Minohara, Eun Hee Yoon and JyHyun Song all adding a goal.
FRIDAY, JULY 12 SCHEDULE
10 a.m. – Haudenosaunee v. Hong Kong
12:30 p.m. – Israel v. Scotland
3 p.m. – Japan v. Austria
5:30 p.m. England v. Wales
8 p.m. Canada v. Australia
9 a.m. – Netherlands v. Ireland
11:30 a.m. Finland v. Sweden
2 p.m. Germany v. South Korea
4:30 p.m. – Latvia v. New Zealand
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