A dominating stretch midway through the first half carried the United States women’s lacrosse team to a 15-8 victory over longtime nemesis Australia during pool play at the 2017 FIL Rathbones World Cup in Guildford, England on Friday afternoon.

After the teams traded goals early, the U.S. ripped off six straight goals over a span of 11 minutes to take an 8-2 lead. Brooke Griffin scored back-to-back goals to start the run and the U.S. defense was relentless during the stretch, consistently forcing turnovers on the ride while limiting Australia to little time in the U.S. offensive zone.

Jen Russell, a veteran defender for the U.S. team, was named the Player of the Match.

As well as the U.S. played in the first half, Australia’s goalie tandem of Elizabeth Hinkes and Bree Hussey kept things from getting out of hand as they combined for 16 saves in the contest, eight in each half.

The U.S. opened up its biggest lead of the game at 12-4 after Kelly Rabil and Alex Aust scored early in the second half, Aust’s goal coming on a brilliant display of passing. An outlet pass to Michelle Tumolo started a 4-on-3 transition opportunity in which all four U.S. players touched the ball. Tumolo fed Griffin on the right wing, Griffin passed to Kayla Treanor on the crease and then Treanor fed Aust cross-crease for the slam-dunk goal.

Australia responded, scoring four of the next six goals, cutting the U.S. lead to 14-8 with 7:24 to play, but the U.S. prevented any further threat and Rabil wrapped up the scoring with under a minute to go.

Griffin had four goals for the second straight game to pace the U.S. offense while Rabil and Aust each contributed three goals and an assist. Taylor Cummings had a team-high four draw controls to go along with a goal and an assist.

Hannah Nielsen, the former Northwestern star who was recently named the head coach at Michigan, and Abbie Burgess led Australia with two goals each.

The U.S., which beat Scotland 19-3 on Thursday, is now 2-0 at the event and plays host England on Saturday. England is also unbeaten after beating Wales and Scotland in its first two games.

Australia, the only team to ever defeat the U.S. in World Cup history, fell to 0-2 in the tournament after opening its tournament with a tough draw against Canada and the U.S.

All games are being streamed live at https://www.247.tv/live/lacrosse/rathbones-lacrosse-world-cup-2017

U.S. Goals: Brooke Griffin 4, Alex Aust 3, Kelly Rabil 3, Michelle Tumolo 2, Taylor Cummings 1, Marie McCool 1, Kayla Treanor 1.

U.S. Assists: Kayla Treanor 2, Alex Aust 1, Taylor Cummings 1, Megan Douty 1, Kelly Rabil 1, Michelle Tumolo 1, Laura Zimmerman 1.

U.S. Goaltending: Devon Wills (1 save, 8 GA, 60 min)

Australia Goals: Abbie Burgess 2, Hannah Nielsen 2, Ashtyn Hiron 1, Theadora Kwas 1, Sarah Mollison 1, Bonnie Wells 1.

Australia Assists: Sarah Mollison 3, Courtney Hobbs 1, Theadora Kwas 1, Rebecca Lane 1.

Australia Goaltending: Elizabeth Hinkes (10 saves, 8 GA, 28 min), Bree Hussey (6 saves, 7 GA, 32 min)

Pool A Update

Today’s Scores

Friday, July 14
Canada 10, Wales 6
United States 15, Australia 8
England 14, Scotland 3

Upcoming Games

Saturday, July 15
Australia vs. Wales, 7 a.m. (Eastern)
Canada vs. Scotland, 10 a.m. (Eastern)
England vs. United States 1 p.m. (Eastern)

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