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© Ady Kerry
For more than 20 minutes, Canada went toe-to-toe with the United States in the FIL Rathbones World Cup in Guildford, England, but the U.S. women’s lacrosse team had too much firepower. The U.S. ripped off 14 straight goals on the way to a 17-3 victory in a rematch of the gold medal game from the last World Cup.
The victory improved the U.S. to 4-0 in the tournament and secured the No. 1 seed in Pool A for the two-time defending champions.
“Going into the game, if we won the game, we knew we would be the top seed and that's an important piece for us,” said U.S. team head coach Ricky Fried. “We were able to attain that goal and will enjoy the day off. We still have one more game in pool play so we have to remain focused.”
Canada trailed just 3-2 after Taylor Gait’s free position goal with 12:43 left in the first half and the Canadians won the ensuing draw. A wide shot attempt by Canada was backed up by the U.S. team’s Kelly Rabil, turning over possession to Team USA. But for the next several minutes, the U.S. could not solve Canadian keeper Katie Donohue.
Donohoe made 10 saves in the game, eight of them coming in the first half, but her frequent saves were offset by several turnovers in the clearing game, and the U.S. finally broke through, taking a 4-2 on Kayla Treanor’s goal with 6:36 left in the first half. Rabil, Brooke Griffin and Michelle Tumolo then scored goals in the final three minutes of the first half to give Team USA a 7-2 lead at the break.
The second half was completely dominated by the U.S., including seven goals in the first 12 minutes of the second stanza. Canada finally ended the U.S. run of 14 straight goals on Alie Jimerson’s tally with 4:38 to play, and that proved to be the final goal of the game.
“While their response was later than we'd like, once the match was lit, it was like a stack of hay and it just went up really quick,” Fried said of his team’s efforts.
Tumolo had two goals and an assist, tied Carey for the team lead with three ground balls and had a team-best three draw controls to earn Player of the Match honors.
After winning just 3-of-10 draws in the first half, the U.S. bounced back as the teams had an even 6-6 split at the draw circle in the second half. The U.S. controlled the ground throughout the contest, ending with a 20-6 advantage on ground balls.
The U.S. offense was balanced with three goals from Alex Aust and two goals each from Ally Carey, Taylor Cummings, Griffin, Marie McCool, Rabil and Tumolo.
The U.S. will be off on Monday, its first break since the tournament opened last Thursday, and then wraps up pool play with a game against Wales (1-3) on Tuesday. The playoffs begin on Wednesday with the quarterfinal round.
All games are being streamed live at https://www.247.tv/live/lacrosse/rathbones-lacrosse-world-cup-2017
U.S. Goals: Alex Aust 3, Ally Carey 2, Taylor Cummings 2, Brooke Griffin 2, Marie McCool 2, Kelly Rabil 2, Michelle Tumolo 2, Sarah Bullard 1, Kayla Treanor 1.
U.S. Assists: Alex Aust 1, Ally Carey 1, Brooke Griffin 1, Michelle Tumolo 1.
U.S. Goaltending: Devon Wills (4 saves, 2 GA, 49 min), Gussie Johns (1 saves, 1 GA, 11 min)
Canada Goals: Dana Dobbie 1, Taylor Gait 1, Alie Jimerson 1.
Canada Assists: Danita Stroup 1.
Canada Goaltending: Katie Donohoe: (10 saves, 15 GA, 45 min), Allison Daley (0 saves, 2 GA, 15 min)
Pool A Update
Sunday, July 16
Wales 11, Scotland 7
Australia 13, England 4
United States 17, Canada 3
Tuesday, July 18
Scotland vs. Australia, 9 a.m. (Eastern)
United States vs. Wales, 12 p.m. (Eastern)
England vs. Canada, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
Pool A Standings
1. United States 4-0
2. Canada 3-1
3t. Australia 2-2
3t. England 2-2
5. Wales 1-3
6. Scotland 0-4
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