USA kept up their run of appearing in every Women’s World Cup Final to date as they downed England 19-8 in the 2017 FIL Rathbones Women’s Lacrosse World Cup Semi-Final.
England did manage to ride with USA for a long period, particularly in the first-half, where at times the US seemed to be under the sort of pressure they have yet to experience in the tournament.
When USA went 2-0 up after just two minutes, there were signs it may have been a repeat of the group game where USA won 18-1.
However, things did not follow the previous script, as England powered themselves back into the game to the pleasure of the home fans.
Laura Merrifield got England on their way with a classy run deceiving both her marker and Wills in the goal before Lucy Lynch used her pace to step inside and fire in to draw England level after 5 minutes.
USA then went on a three-goal streak through Cummings, Tumolo and Rabil before Camilla Hayes scored two goals to keep on the coat tails, while sandwiched in between were two goals for match MVP and tournament points leader, Kayla Treanor (5G, 3A).
England ended the half on a high as Merrifield combined with Hompe and again drove at the defence to beat the defence and make it 5-9 at the half.
England will have been pleased with their first-half while USA, who were uncharacteristically sloppy in possession with plenty of misplaced passes were looking to up the levels.
The half started evenly again as Treanor scored for USA before Hayes completed her hat-trick to get her team going.
However, then came the US surge as eight unanswered goals in 15 minutes exhibiting some devastating finishes took the game away from England.
Schwarzmann and Griffin both got 2G, while Treanor added a goal and two assists as the USA finally showed the relentless firepower they’ve been renowned for in the tournament so far.
McNab still finished the game with a valiant 12 saves for England but was but under pressure from waves of US attacks especially in the second-half.
There was time for Sophie Brett to score after good work from Kirsten Lafferty and Hompe typified England’s desire and fight until the end as she dispossessed Wills to set up an open goal opportunity for Whittle before McCool rounded the scoring off for the US to finish 19-8.
USA will now take on Canada in a rematch of the 2013 World Cup Final on Saturday at 3pm.
Meanwhile, today’s result should provide a positive platform for Saturday’s Bronze Medal Match against old enemies Australia at 12pm.