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Women’s World Cup – Semi-Final Preview

The 2013 Federation of International Lacrosse Women’s World Cup is now in it’s final two days of competition and the stakes are high for teams USA, England, Australia and Canada who are all in action in tonight’s semi-finals.

England v USA

Team England will face the only undefeated team remaining in the tournament when they meet Team USA tonight.

Team England have improved with every game so far and with an impressive performance over Wales last night they will enter the game with a much needed confidence boost.

England’s offensive play has been steadily improving as we get into the latter stages of the championships. Laura Merrifield, Sarah Taylor, Kirsten Lafferty and Keeley Watt have all been impressive so far and will be hoping to build on a great second half performance. Defensively England have played well putting in some tenacious performances they will need to be on top of their game to contain the offensive trio of Dowd, Rowan and Neilson who have been outstanding so far.

Australia v Canada

Australia will definitely enter the game with redemption firmly set in their minds as Canada pulled off an amazing goal in the last few second when they last met, beating the Aussies in their Pool A group game.

Canada has been impressive throughout the tournament with stand-out performances from their ever dependable Dana Dobbie and the on form Megan Takacs who has  been instrumental in Canada’s success at this years tournament. The Aussies have been steadily improving with every game, so expect the 2005 World Champions to be on form and looking for a place in the gold medal game.

Players to watch out for in the Semi’s

USA:

Katrina Dowd: An odds on favorite, for a place on the All-World team; Katrina has been a defenders worst nightmare at this years World Cup, a do it all attacker, can feed and score, tricky with an inside roll dodge that is out of this world and is rightly leading Team USA in scoring as they attempt to defend their World title.

Devon Wills: Hard to tell if Devon is a goalie or a defender as she is doing both well this tournament. Not only is she putting in a stellar performance between the pipes for team USA she has also acted as an extra defense for the US, frequently coming out to double the ball.

Canada:

Katie Friend: Has been Canada’s go to attacker so far this tournament, when she turns on the gas she is unstoppable and has helped this impressive Canadian performance by regularly finding the back of the net.

Megan Takacs: Another Canadian attacker causing defenders problems her drives to the goal from wings have ensured the crowds have been treated to some spectacular tight angles goals this tournament and will be one of Canada’s go-to players should they need a last second goal against the Aussies in the semi’s.

Australia:

Stacey Morlang-Sullivan: With names like Neilson and Paton making the headlines for Team Australia, Stacey has gone largely under the radar but she has been outstanding for the aussies winning draws and starting the Aussie Attack.

Sue McSolvin: Australia have had an excellent tournament so far, and have been helped in no small part by the experienced brought by Sue McSolvin who is playing in her 6th World Cup but still making incredible saves.

England

Laura Merrifield: England’s attacking force, she has shown why she was named as a 1st team All-American when she was at Maryland. She has been a workhorse for England so far taking balls from the draw to goal; plays smart and not shy in taking on defenders.

Annie Hillier: She has been on form this tournament, a tough takeaway defender; she has been one of the standouts in a great defensive performance at this tour. She has covered some of the Worlds best and has had success stripping her attacker. You may think you have got past Hillier, but really you haven’t.