July 12th - 22nd | 2017

Surrey Sports Park

Guildford | Surrey

Edinburgh, Scotland – Team Canada have made history at the 2015 FIL Rathbones U19 Women’s World Championships claiming gold for the first time with a 9-8 victory over reigning world champions, Team USA.

After starting in true Scottish fashion with a downpour of rain, Team Canada was first on the board when Canada’s playmaker, Selena Lasota found Holly Lloyd five minutes into the game.

After Lasota found Lloyd for the 1-0 lead, USA answered back scoring three straight. Canada’s co-captain, Lydia Sutton stopped USA’s run dodging pass USA defence, switching hands finding the back of the net to cut USA’s lead to 1.

Canada’s duo of Lasota and Lloyd combined to give the Red and Whites the next three goals and a key save by Team Canada’s keeper, Kameron Halsall on a USA attacker kept the score 5-4 at the end of the first half.

The United States came out strong in the second scoring two within the first five minutes of play to take the lead back 6-5.

Canada’s Brenna Shanahan tied it at 6-6 and then Danita Stroup found Holly Lloyd with a no-look behind the back pass for a 7-6 lead.

Once Canada regained the lead at 7-6 they would not relinquish it.  Lydia Sutton would go on to score her second of the game, followed by Lasota’s 3rd of the game which would become the eventual game winner.

Team USA led by two goals on two occasions in the first half before Canada battled back with the final three goals to go into the break with a 5-4 advantage.

The second half started out in USA’s favour with a 2-goal run but Team Canada dug in and avoided a similar fate from their opening pool play contest, where a 7-7 halftime tie turned into a 15-9 U.S. victory.

Instead, they answered with a three-goal run of their own to lead 8-6 with 16 minutes remaining. Sutton and Lasota which each net one more before time ran out to put the Canadians at a 9-8; saving off a last possession by the Americans, the clock ran out, the final whistle blew and Team Canada was victorious.

BC native Lasota had three goals, including the game winner and two assists to lead the charge for Canada. She also led her team with three draw controls, earning Player of the Match honors in the final.

Holly Lloyd scored three goals, with Lydia Sutton (2G) and Danita Stroup (2A) each netted two points and Brenna Shanahan (1g) added a single marker for Canada in the win and shocked the world with their victory over Team USA, 9-8, for its first FIL Women’s U19 championship title.

Three Canadians were named to the All-World Team: Erica Evans, Selena Lasota, and Lydia Sutton. The US had won the last four championships; Canada had never reached the finals until this year.

They played their game, were coached by a phenomenal staff and made their first appearance in the finals a memorable one, a historic one!

Article originally appeared on the Canadian Lacrosse Association website.

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