(OSHAWA, ONTARIO) The United States made it two straight gold medals and seven overall when it defeated Canada 19-5 Saturday afternoon at the 2013 Women’s Lacrosse World Cup in Oshawa, Ontario. Team USA dominated its competition at the World Cup going 7-0 and outscoring the field 127-35 in route to the gold medal. Canada had its best-ever World Cup finish, earning the Silver medal and a number two world ranking delighting the host country’s loyal fans.
Earlier in the day, Australia took the Bronze medal with a 12-5 win over England. Australia struggled throughout World Cup play against Canada and USA without All-World attacker Jen Adams. Adams was unable to play due to an ACL injury.
There were four other contests played on Saturday to determine the final World Cup rankings.
See the bracket tracking chart: CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET FINAL RESULTS
Medal Game Results
USA Wins World Cup Gold
#1 USA 19, #2 Canada 5
(OSHAWA, ONTARIO) The U.S. Women’s Lacrosse National Team won its second straight and seventh overall World Cup title this afternoon with 19-5 win over host Canada.
Katie Rowan earned Player of the Match honors for the US with an incredible 8 goal, 2 assist performance. Danielle Etrasco (3G) and Katrina Dowd (3G-3A) both scored hat tricks and Dowd added three helpers.
Canada reached the finals for the first time, finishing its most successful World Cup tournament ever with the Silver medal and a #2 world ranking. Mandy Friend and Megan Takacs both scored a pair of goals for Team Canada.
USA 19, Canada 5
Player of the Match – USA’s Katie Rowan
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Canada SCORING: GOALS: Mandy Friend 2; Megan Takacs 2; Kaylin Morissette 1. ASSISTS: Abbey Friend 1; Kaylin Morissette 1.
United States SCORING: GOALS: Katie Rowan 8; Katrina Dowd 3; Danielle Etrasco 3; Caitlyn McFadden 2; Lindsay Munday 1; Katie Schwarzmann 1; Sarah Albrecht 1. ASSISTS: Katrina Dowd 3; Lindsay Munday 2; Katie Rowan 2; Ally Carey 1; Kristen Igoe 1.
Photos from the Gold Medal Game
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Team USA Caps Dominant World Cup Run with Gold
Australia Resilient in Bronze Medal Performance
#3 Australia 12, #4 England 6
OSHAWA, ONTARIO The Australian National Team faced a lot of adversity over the last three weeks. A team that was expected to contend for a gold medal at the World Cup, Australia came up short, losing twice to Canada and taking a beating at the hands of the U.S. in pool play. It’s easy to look at the loss of Jen Adams to a torn ACL and think things may have been different, but the Australians didn’t use that as an excuse and put together a strong performance against England in a 12-6 win to capture the bronze medal.
“We could have lost the fight a week ago with all the things that have happened to us,” coach Max Madonia said. “We had some pretty heavy beatings — the U.S. took it to us. Not at one stage have we been demoralized or de-spirited. It’s about the energy within the group and what they want to achieve and also about how we handle it as coaches.”
Against England in the Bronze medal game, Australia fell behind early as Sarah Taylor scored two quick goals. Australia took its first lead of the day at 4-3 and never looked back, continuing the run and taking an 8-4 lead into halftime.
“We showed really good offense at times,” Madonia said. “We moved the ball cleanly and found the open spots. It was never in doubt. You just have to stay calm and make sure you take care of the ball.”
Marlee Paton scored four goals and added an assist to lead Australia and earn Player of the Game honors while Hannah Nielsen added three goals and an assist. The bronze medal is the third for Australia, which also captured bronze in 1989 and 1993.
“Bronze is important for us,” Madonia said. “It would be the first time we’d be not seeded among the top three and that’d be devastating for Australia Lacrosse. Today was about securing the bronze and making sure we have a sense of who we are and there’s a fair amount of pride in that. It was important for our team spirit.”
“Bronze was what we were going for, and we didn’t want to walk away with anything less. We know what this team’s capable of. At the end of the day, we’re playing for a feeling — we wanted the feeling of being connected and playing for our country. We just wanted to have that last feeling as a team. This team’s never going to be the same.”
—Player of the Match Marlee Paton
The end of the 2013 World Cup marks somewhat of a transition for Australia as a core of seasoned veterans including Adams, goalie Sue McSolvin and midfielders Sonia LaMonica, Courtney Hobbs and Stacey Morlang have likely donned an Australia uniform for the last time.
“They’ve been pretty outstanding,” Madonia said. “From their college careers to representing Australia, their tenacity and their ability to play the game and endure pressure over many World Cups has been outstanding. It’s not just that. I think the legacy they’ve left in our country as well as in North America as well. I’m not quite sure we’ll ever match what they’ve done again, not in this cycle anyway.”
It seems almost fitting that Paton earned Player of the Game honors in Australia’s last game, as Paton represents the future of the national team program, a young talent who Madonia says will likely take the reigns in terms of leadership.
“She’ll probably captain this team somewhere down the track,” he says. “I think she just shows a great deal of grit. She’s still a young kid and still has to feel what this is all about. She’s 21 years old and there’s probably another three in her. She’s a really talented kid and she gives us a lot of drive.”
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England SCORING: GOALS: Laura Merrifield 2; Sarah Taylor 2; Sophie Brett 1; Emily Gray 1. ASSISTS: Alexandra Bruce 1; Lucy Lynch 1; Laura Merrifield 1; Asha Niven 1; Ruby Smith 1.
Australia SCORING: GOALS: Marlee Paton 4; Hannah Nielsen 4; Sarah Mollison 1; Sonia LaMonica 1; Lyndsey Paton 1; Karen Morton 1. ASSISTS: Sonia LaMonica 1; Sarah Mollison 1; Hannah Nielsen 1; Marlee Paton 1; Stacey Sullivan 1.
Player of the Match – Australia’s Marlee Paton
Original story on IL WOMEN.COM: Australia Resilient in Bronze Medal Performance
Photos from the Bronze Medal Game
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5th and 6th Place Game
Wales 8, Scotland 4
Player of the Match – Wales’ Laura Warren
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Scotland SCORING: GOALS: Ailsa Stott 2; Eleanor Bygroves 1; Olivia Grant 1. ASSISTS: Emily Knight 2; Julia Paterson 1.
Wales SCORING: GOALS: Ros Lloyd Rout 3; Laura Warren 2; Iona Dryden 1; Sophy CoombesRoberts 1; Lucy Fowler 1. ASSISTS: Calan Jones 1; Natasha Taberner 1; Becky Thomas 1.
7th and 8th Place Game
Haudenosaunee 1, Israel 0 (forfeit)
9th and 10th Place Game
Japan 25, Ireland 4
Player of the Match – Japan’s Akiko Wada
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Ireland SCORING: GOALS: Caroline Peters 1; Claire Halliday 1; Olivia Jackson 1; Schyler Neale 1. ASSISTS: Victoria Devine 1.
Japan SCORING: GOALS: Akiko Wada 7; Hikari Takano 4; Saori Hieda 4; Mai Kemmochi 2; Rie Mito 2; Nanae Iizuka 2; Ryoko Ikura 1; Yuko Kobori 1; Natsuki Taniyama 1; Eriko Ogawa 1. ASSISTS: Ryoko Ikura 4; Akiko Wada 4; Yuko Kobori 3; Hikari Takano 3; Saori Hieda 1; Mai Kemmochi 1.
12th and 13th Place Game
Germany 14, Austria 6
Player of the Match – Germany’s Mareile Kriwall
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Germany SCORING: GOALS: Anna Blank 4; Mareile Kriwall 3; Charlotte Biffar 3; Laura Koschorek 2; Lisa Neubert 1; Jaclyn Au 1. ASSISTS: Lisa Neubert 3; Mareile Kriwall 2; Laura Koschorek 1.
Austria SCORING: GOALS: Daniela Zlobl 2; Claudia Mikula 2; Nicole Kuntzel 1; Isabelle Schimek 1. ASSISTS: Nicole Kuntzel 1.
15th and 16th Place Game
South Korea 7, Finland 5
Player of the Match – Finland’s Johanna Majuri
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South Korea SCORING: GOALS: Eunah Choi 2; Yu Minohara 2; Hyeyeon Ji 1; Grace Son 1; Eun Hee Yoon 1. ASSISTS: Hyeyeon Ji 1.
Finland SCORING: GOALS: Sinikka Ijas 3; Laura Jamsen 1; Tia Baumgartner 1. ASSISTS: Sinikka Ijas 1; Teija Laitinen 1.