Team England have dominated the group stages of the 2015 ELF Women’s European Lacrosse Championships in Nymburk, with three wins from three, conceding just three goals and currently lead the tournament in scoring with 51 goals.
In the opening game, England handled the hosts Czech Republic with relative ease, Sophie Brett starred for England scoring four goals. Laura Merrifield scored three goals and Claire Faram, Emily Grey and Charlotte Lytollis each scored twice. Ruby Smith, Sophie Morrill and Camilla Hayes completed England’s tally. The Czech’s did offer England the biggest test defensively so far, managing to score three times.
The second game produced another dominant performance from the reigning European Champions, beating Finland 17-0. England had eight goal scorers in the game, with Sarah Taylor leading the scoring with four goals. Oxton duo Charlotte Lytollis and Torz Anderson each scored hat-ricks. Sophie Brett and Laura Merrifield each scored twice. Ruby Smith, Camilla Hayes and Sophie Morrill also got on the scoresheet. Defensively England pressured Finland only allowing them one shot on target in the game.
The final group game yet again saw Team England produce another dominant performance, over Norway 17-0. Laura Merrifield and Torz Anderson were on form again, both scoring four goals. Sarah Taylor continued her hot streak adding a further three to her tally. Sophie Brett, Charlotte Lytollis, Ruby Smith, Camillia Hayes and Claire Faram each contributed a goal each to complete England’s total of 17. Defensively, England managed to limit Norway to only one shot on goal.
England now progress as group winners to face a tougher test in Ireland in the quarter-finals on Wednesday. The Irish finished second in group 3, losing only Scotland. Should England beat Ireland they will play the winner of Germany v Israel on Friday, which could well be a serious challenge to England’s quest to retain the European crown.
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England 17-3 Czech Republic
England 17-0 Finland