Lacrosse TV Daily: Day 5 Sunday 14th
Team England were not in action today as it was their turn to have a day off and it was a good day to have off as today’s heat was extremely hot. The spectators that braved the heat were treated to some hotly contested games including a match-up between the 2009 finalists.
Wales v Canada
Wales were taking on the host team who have been impressive so far this tournament with wins over England and Australia. The first possession was collected by wales and they went straight on the attack and were rewarded with a goal after two minutes with Iona Dryden finding Ros Lloyd Rout cutting through the fan and shooting on the turn (1-0). It took Canada another two minutes to register their first goal from Mandy Friend before they went on to score two more to take the lead to 1-3. The two teams traded goals but wales were gaining more of the possession and having more time on attack, even while a player down on a yellow card, Iona Dryden scored to bring wales within one goal (3-4). Goalie Erin Walters was also playing her part, making a save, picking out Calan Jones to clear up the field to find Lucy Wray Mercey who recovered a dropped pass to level the score (4-4). By the close of the half, Canada started to increase their attacking momentum scoring another four goals with just the single from wales to make the score 5-8.
It took Canada over five minutes to get the first goal of the second half with Mandy friend getting the scoring going. The second half went all Canada’s way in terms of goals as Wales had chances to score but were denied by a combination of good defence and great goalkeeping from Canada. Wales had plenty of shots but it was Canada who converted including Lydia Sutton finishing off a behind the back feed from Dana Dobbie. The final whistle blew with Canada running out 18-5 winners to keep the winning streak and set up match for the top position in the group against the USA.
Australia v USA
The crowds packed in to see this game between the 2009 World Cup finalist with USA on an unbeaten run while Australia were looking to bounce back from defeat to Canada. The crowd were not disappointed as both teams showed why they are rated the top two in the world. Australia struck first, beating the USA midfield zone with a quick long pass finding Lyndsey Paton free in front of goal to open the scoring. USA came knocking on the Australia goal but could not get past Sue McSolvin but at the other end of the pitch Hannah Neilson crept round the goal circle to put Australia two goals up while the USA defence were playing short due to a yellow card foul (2-0). USA would hit back, first Lindsey Munday and then Katrina Dowd to level the score at 2-2. Mcsolvin and Devon Wills were having great games and pulling out saves to keep the score low. With fourteen minutes left in the first half after some end to end action and further goal by both teams the USA took their first lead of the game, which spurred them on to close the half with a run of goals to take the score to 11-5.
The teams traded goals in the second half, with highlight goals all around, such as Australia clearing long and quick to break the USA zone, Sarah Mollison shooting from just inside the restrainer and catching Megan Huether out of her goal. USA were not be out-shone on the goals with dowd now putting on some flair and showing her quick feet pulling of a textbook rocker dodge before going on to amaze the crowd, scoring with an impressive shot that can only be described as a reach around/reverse shot. USA would pull away from Australia, scoring seven goals to Australia’s four to leave the field with an 18-9 win.
The USA now meet hosts Canada with the winner taking top spot in the group while the Australians face Team England.
Results Sunday 14th:
- New Zealand 3 – 8 Scotland
- Finland 9 – 13 Ireland
- Wales 5 – 18 Canada
- South Korea 19 – 2 Israel
- Australia 9 – 18 USA
- Austria 15 – 6 Hong Kong
- Germany 9 – 16 Haudenosaunee
- Latvia 5 – 9 Netherlands
- Sweden 0 – 23 Japan