Results, Standings and Friday’s Finals-Round Schedule
U.S.A. SHOWS DOMINANCE TO ADVANCE TO FINALS
The United States showed dominance with an aggressive and attacking offense and a smothering defense to defeat Australia, 21-6, to advance to the championship game Saturday at the World Lacrosse Women’s U19 World Championship in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.
“I think we knew we were going to be tested like that after playing the first game we had with Australia,” said U.S. defender and co-captain Ally Murphy. “We knew the type of offense they had and I think we did a pretty good job of pressuring them.”
The United States got off to a fast start before Australia rallied behind Madison Copeland’s score on a free shot. Her goal ended a string of 133 scoreless minutes by the United States’ defense, which dated back to Sunday’s win over Canada. The U.S. blanked Hong Kong and Wales in its first two playoff games.
The second quarter was played in a heavy rainstorm for much of the 15-minute period. The teams went back-and-forth before a late goal by Caitlyn Wurzburger gave the U.S. a 9-4 lead heading into halftime. The U.S.A. took control in the second half, slowly pulling away and outscoring Australia 12-2 in the second half.
“It’s so awesome. This is something we’ve dreamed of since we were little kids, being in the World Cup championship,” said U.S. midfielder Kasey Choma.
Izzy Scane, Belle Smith and Wurzburger combined for 14 goals to lead the United States. Wurzburger leads the team with 37 points in the tournament.
“Australia is a tough team,” said U.S. head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller. “They really battled and they challenged us. We needed that. I thought we played better in the second half. Our pace of play was much better. I’m excited with the momentum we gained in the second half.”
The U.S. won 23 of 30 draws in the match, led by Jenner’s 14 while goalies Madison Doucette and Rachel Hall each made four saves each while splitting duties.
US Madeleine Jenner on the attack against Australia during Thursday’s semi-final.
CANADA COMES FROM BEHIND TO DEFEAT ENGLAND AND ADVANCE
Team Canada, behind the thunder of the home crowd, rallied from a 7-5 deficit, scoring the last five goals to defeat England, 10-7, to advance to the championship game at the World Lacrosse Women’s U19 World Championship in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.
The game was tied 2-2 after the first period in one of the most intensely fought contests of the entire tournament. By half-time, England had pulled ahead 5-4. England led 7-6 mid-way through the second half before Canada started its rally.
2019 World Lacrosse Women’s U19 World Championship
Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, August 1-10
Trent University & Fleming College
RESULTS | THURSDAY | AUGUST 8:
Chinese Taipei def. Jamaica, 11-10 (OT)
Czech Republic def. Mexico, 14-2
Japan def. Wales, 15-9
Kenya def. Belgium, 16-9
China def. Korea, 18-10
New Zealand def. Germany, 14-5
Haudenosaunee def. Hong Kong, 20-5
USA def. Australia, 21-6 (Semi-final)
Puerto Rico def. Scotland, 19-6
Canada def. England, 10-7 (Semi-final)
AUGUST 9 | FINALS SCHEDULE
Chinese Taipei vs. Kenya, 9:00 AM EST
Israel vs. Ireland, 9:30 AM EST
Czech Republic vs. China, 11:00 AM EST (13th Place)
Jamaica vs. Belgium, 12:00 PM EST (21st Place)
Mexico vs. Korea, 12:30 PM EST (15th Place)
Hong Kong vs. Scotland, 2:00 PM EST (11th Place)
Haudenosaunee vs. Puerto Rico, 5:00 PM EST (9th Place)
Wales vs. Germany, 8:00 PM EST (7th Place)