Team England have completed the 2015 U19 Women’s World Championships with a historic 10-9 victory over Australia to claim the bronze medal. England also made history, by denying Australia a medal for the first time in the U19 Championships.
England got off to the perfect start, racing ahead to a four goal lead in the opening minutes of the game. England dominated possession especially on draw controls and ground balls. Offensively, England moved the ball brilliantly, penetrating the Aussie defence with some excellent movement and drives.
On the defensive end of the field, England were steadfast and forced a number of Aussie turnovers. Amelia Ruiz was also impressive, with a string of fantastic saves.
Australia kept the pressure on England and the momentum swung their way towards the end of the period. The score at half-time stood at 6-3.
In the second half, England again started strong, after losing the draw control England won possession back and increased their lead to four goals. Shortly afterwards England added another goal and the Bronze medal looked in sight for Nicky Budd’s team.
With 20 minuets on the clock Australia showed true grit, and started an amazing comeback scoring four unanswered goals to bring the score to within three. England scored the next goal thanks to a one handed shot from Luciana Delaney to swing the momentum back to England.
With less than three minutes remaining Australia kept the pressure on England, despite winning the majority of the draw controls, Australia were forcing turnovers.
With only a few minutes in the game, Australia were forced to take chances, England defence held strong, but could not hold the Aussies back, and they scored two back to back goals to bring the score to within one.
The next possession was vital for England. After losing the draw control England forced a turnover with less than a two minuets remaining, this allowed England to run down the clock, with a minute remaining a drive by Wimpenny was deemed illegal and Australia were awarded ball.
The Aussies successfully cleared the ball and they looked to take the game to overtime. However, with seconds remaining and after sustaining a number of dangerous drives to the goal, England forced a crucial turnover.
It was now the defence’s turn to run down the clock, goalie Amelia Ruiz and her defenders worked tirelessly to get open, killing the final remaining seconds in the game and claim the Bronze Medal for England.
English Lacrosse would like to congratulate Nicky Budd, her coaching/support staff and the Team England players on this fantastic achievement.
More detailed report to follow…