Results, Standings and Monday Schedule
As rivalries go in world lacrosse, none may be better than the border feud between the U.S.A. and Canada and England’s budding battle with Australia.
On Sunday at the 2019 World Lacrosse Women’s U19 World Championship in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, England and Australia went back and forth in one of the most exciting and evenly contested matches of the tournament to date. In the end, England edged Australia 10-9 on a late goal.
” It definitely was a great feeling, especially cause some of our coaches were in the Senior Women’s World Cup and got to play in the match against Australia so it felt great to have the same outcome against them” said England’s Bella Bowater.
The England-Australia rivalry of course is not limited to Lacrosse, as the two countries have epic battles in rugby, cricket, and cycling. Lacrosse is now writing a new chapter.
” I think Australia and England have always had a big rivalry, and I believe that the senior women had the same score/result in their World Cup, and in 2015 it was the same result for us,” said Hannah Thurston of Team England. “So, it’s always a target game for the two sides. With it being such a great rivalry, it feels really great to be able to come out on top.”
Thurston mentioned it was the first time in recent memory that both senior and junior (u19) teams won first pool matches, adding “it was a massive win, hopefully paving the way toward a medal.”
England notched its first win and is 1-2 while Australia dropped to 0-3 in Pool play.
In Sunday’s night cap, after a closely contested first quarter, the United States dominated the second quarter to pull away and easily defeat Canada, 13-5. With its win, the U.S. moved to 3-0 in the pool play and has secured the No. 1-seed moving forward into the medal round.
” It was honestly an unreal match,” said Rachel Hall of Team USA. “You look at the stands and see so many people, and then playing for each other in front of them (friends and family in USA gear) is fantastic. It wasn’t like anything I’ve ever dreamed of.”
Five different players had multiple goals for the U.S., led by Caitlyn Wurzburger with a hat trick and two assists. Scane and Smith each had two goals and two assists and DiCenso and Michaela McMahon each scored twice.
The USA and Canada rivalry has gone on for decades in Lacrosse, going all the way back to the 1970s when world championships started in the sport. The two countries squared off at the men’s world championship in Israel last summer with the U.S. winning on a last-second goal. So, for a new generation, this is a new experience but an old tale.
“I mean, it’s a long tournament and the team that wins it is not the team that was the best at the beginning, it’s the team that is the best at the end,” said Madison Doucette. “Our biggest goal here is to focus on getting better from this game. We know Canada will continue to improve so we have to respond by maintaining that margin.”
With five days left in the tournament, there are still several games to play, but don’t be surprised to see the U.S. take on Canada in the gold medal game come next weekend.
2019 World Lacrosse Women’s U19 World Championship
Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, August 1-10
Trent University & Fleming College
RESULTS | SUNDAY | AUGUST 4:
Sunday, August 4
Hong Kong def. Belgium, 21-2
China def. Korea, 22-9
Wales def. Scotland, 12-5
Germany def. Kenya, 7-6
Czech Republic def. Chinese Taipei, 13-8
England def. Australia, 10-9
Puerto Rico def. Israel, 20-1
Japan def. New Zealand, 13-6
USA def. Canada, 13-5
STANDINGS (as of August, 4):
United States (3-0)
New Zealand (2-1)
Republic of Korea (1-2)
Czech Republic (3-0)
Chinese Taipei (1-2)
Hong Kong (2-2)
Puerto Rico (3-0)
5 AUGUST | MONDAY SCHEDULE
Jamaica vs. Korea, 9:00 AM EST (Pool C)
Israel vs. Belgium, 12:00 PM EST (E)
Mexico vs. Ireland, 12:00 PM EST (D)
Kenya vs. China, 3:00 PM EST (C)
Puerto Rico vs. Haudenosaunee, 6:00 PM EST (E)