USA goes 2-0 with win against Great Britain, Australia defeats host Poland and Canada remains unbeaten with win over Japan on final day of preliminaries at The World Games 2017
FRIDAY 28 JULY 2017 GAMES
USA 14 v 6 Great BritainBrooke Griffin (Maryland ’15) scored four goals and Alyssa Murray (Syracuse ’14) added three goals and four assists to lead the United States to a 14-6 victory over Great Britain to start the second day of lacrosse preliminaries at The World Games in Wroclaw, Poland.
The U.S. (2-0) has advanced to Saturday’s semifinals, the pairings for which will be determined by Friday’s remaining prelims between Poland and Australia (7 a.m. Eastern) and Canada and Japan (10 a.m. Eastern). The No. 1 and No. 4 seeds will play Saturday at 4 a.m. Eastern in a game stream lived on the Olympic Channel. The 7 a.m. Eastern semifinal between the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds also will be streamed, but on a delayed basis Sunday at 1 a.m. Eastern.
Great Britain (1-1), featuring players from constituent nations England, Scotland and Wales, gave the U.S. a good fight Friday. Emily Gray scored twice in the first six minutes and Olivia Wimpenny tied it at 3 with 20:05 remaining in the first half.
But the U.S. responded with three straight goals to jumpstart a 7-1 run spanning the first and second halves to pull away. The full-field ride was in full effect, forcing Great Britain into 33 turnovers while limiting it to just 10 shots on goal.
Gray kept Great Britain competitive in the center circle, winning five draws to go with two goals and an assist. The U.S. went 13-for-22 on draws, led by the tandem of Taylor Cummings (Maryland ’16) and Ally Carey (Vanderbilt ’12). Cummings added two goals to go with her team-high four draw controls.
Kelly Rabil (James Madison ’07) also had a hat trick for the U.S., which outshot Great Britain 37-10.
Great Britain goalie Emilie Chandler made 12 saves in the loss.
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U.S. Goals: Brooke Griffin 4, Alyssa Murray 3, Kelly Rabil 3, Taylor Cummings 2, Kristen Carr 1, Michelle Tumolo 1.
U.S. Assists: Alyssa Murray 4, Katie Schwarzmann 1, Ally Carey 1.
U.S. Goaltending: Gussie Johns (2 saves, 6 GA, 70 mins)
Great Britain Goals: Emily Gray 2, Katherine Anna Lehovsky 1, Olivia Wimpenny 1, Claire Faram 1, Iona Dryden 1.
Great Britain Assists: Laura Warren 1, Emily Gray 1, Alisa Stott 1, Sophie Morrill 1.
Great Britain Goaltending: Emilie Chandler (12 saves, 14 GA, 70 mins)
THE WORLD GAMES UPDATE
Friday, July 28
United States 14, Great Britain 6
Poland vs. Australia, 1 p.m. (7 a.m. Eastern)
Canada vs. Japan, 4 p.m. (10 a.m. Eastern)
Saturday, July 29
No. 1 vs. No. 4 Semifinal, 10 a.m. (4 a.m. Eastern)
No. 2 vs. No. 3 Semifinal, 1 p.m. (7 a.m. Eastern)Australia 23 v 0 Poland
Like they did against Canada, Australia got on the board first, and quickly, when Rebecca Lane won the opening possession and then scored after 36 seconds to put Australia on the board. Polish goalkeeper Marta Neumann was working hard early with 2 quick saves but she couldn’t stop Ashtyn Hiron from scoring who kept her purple patch of form going. Sarah Lowe added Australia’s 3rd after 7 minutes before Sarah Mollison scored off of a Lane feed to push the margin to 4. By that stage, Australia were well and truly on top by that point with Poland struggling to get any form of traction against a hungry Australian midfield with that dominance translating into goals to Bonnie Marie Wells and Stella Justice Allen as Australia raced to a 6-0 lead. Malgorzata Kacpercyzk won an important draw for Poland to stem the flow somewhat but Australia were able to keep their run going with Justice-Allen goig back to back to make it 7-0 with 20 minutes to go. That started a devastating run of goals with Australia adding a further 10 goals in the last 20 minutes of the first half with Courtney Hobbs (her 1st and 2nd), Mollison (her 2nd), Rebecca Lane (her 2nd and 3rd), Hiron, Abbie Burgess, Yamada Sachiyo, Bec Banyard and Justice-Allen (her 3rd) all getting into the act as Australia went into the half leading 17-0.
With one eye on a semi-final, Australia took the foot off the pedal in the second half, but that didn’t stop Verity Clough from opening the scoring for the green and gold. Meg Meg Barnett became Australia’s 12th individual goalscorer as she pushing the margin to 19 before Wells added her second to make it a 20 goal game. Elizabeth Buzzy Hinkes hadn’t been challenged much in but Poland’s persistence paid off when Kacpercyzk managed to obtain a free position shot for Poland but with goals against potentially critical in semi final seedings, Hinkes was up to the task turning away a rare Poland foray forward. Beth Varga then became Australia’s 13th goal scorer when she got on the board at the 20 minute mark of the second half. Australia weren’t done though as Mollison completed her hat trick with 4 minutes to go to make it 22-0 before Hobbs completed her hat trick with 8 seconds on the clock as Australia ran out comfortable 23-0 winners.
For Australia, it was a complete team effort, with everyone but goalkeeper Hinkes and Theadora Kwas (who had an assist) scoring. Lane, Mollison, Hobbs and Justice-Allen each had hat tricks while Burgess led the way in the middle with 4 draw controls and Yamada and Banyard where excellent in defence. For Poland, Malgorzata Kacpercyzk was particularly competitive around the ground while Marta Nuemann was good in between the pipes, making 6 saves.
Australia will now back up for a semi final rematch against Canada while Poland will take on Japan for 5th place.
Lloyd netted four goals and two assists in the win, while team captain Dobbie, who coaches her in the NCAA at Loyola University, added three goals and three assists.
“Japan is a very hard working team,” said head coach Scott Teeter. “We were able to match their work ethic and get another solid team win.”
Canada’s leading scorer Erica Evans finished the game with a hat-trick, bringing her World Games total to 11 points in two games.
Midfielders Megan Kinna and Quintin Hoch-Bullen contributed two goals apiece, while Kay Morissette was a perfect 12/12 in draw controls
The win earned the Canadians, who finished the short preliminary round with a 2-0 record, the No. 2 seed and a spot in Saturday’s semi-finals. They will take on Australia, a team they’ve defeated three times in the past two weeks, including 8-6 in overtime of the 2017 FIL Rathbones Women’s Lacrosse World Cup semi-final.
World Cup champion United States claimed the No. 1 seed thanks to a 2-0 record and +28 goal differential, slightly better than Canada’s +18. They will battle Great Britain in the other semi-final.
“Every game we’ve played against Australia has been very close and competitive,” said Lloyd. “They always play with a lot of heart and grit, so we need to head into the game focused and ready to execute.”
Her coach adding: “Each time we played, both teams showed some different looks. It will be a battle.”
After acting as alternates during Canada’s silver medal run at the recent World Cup in England, Lloyd and fellow attacker Tessa Chad have made an immediate impact since joining the team for the World Games.
“Watching the girls play from the sidelines at the World Cup got Tessa and I really excited to get onto the field,” added Lloyd. “We have been lucky with how well our teammates have adjusted to having us added to the fold.”
Having the chance to represent Canada at this once-in-a-lifetime event is an experience the 2015 U19 world championship gold medalists are making the most.
“The World Games are unlike any World Cup that any of us have been to before,” said Lloyd. “The presence of other sports and hundreds of athletes, who come from every part of the world, competing at the highest level is so exciting.”
“We are beyond honoured to represent Canada on one of the sport’s biggest stages and hope to bring back another medal for our country.”
The semi-final game against Australia gets underway Saturday, July 29 at 7:00AM EST. It will be webcasted by The Olympic Channel on tape-delay the following morning (July 30) at 1:00AM EST.
If you want to follow along live, you can do so using The World Games TWG2017 real-time statistics system.
Thursday, July 27 vs Australia (Win 15-10)
Friday, July 28 vs Japan (Win 18-5)
Saturday, July 29 at 4:00AM EST – Semi-Final (1 vs 4)
Saturday, July 29 at 7:00AM EST – Semi-Final (2 vs 3)
Sunday, July 30 at 3:00AM EST – Finals (5 vs 6)
Sunday, July 30 at 5:30AM EST – Finals Bronze (3 vs 4)
Sunday, July 30 at 8:00AM EST – Finals Gold (1 vs 2)