Canada secured their spot in the 2017 Rathbones Women’s Lacrosse World Cup Final with a thrilling 8-6 win over Australia.
Megan Kinna and Alie Jimerson scored in overtime as, after leading for much of the game, Dobbie had to rescue Canada to force the extra period before claiming the win.
Dobbie also scored the first of the game, taking a feed from Jimerson and getting Canada on their way.
The Canadians were the better side in the first-half, and while Rachel Kirchheimer man-marked danger player Dobbie for the rest of the half, it was an opportunity for Jimerson and Erica Evans to take the lead.
Evans scored twice in the first-half while Jimerson added a goal to her earlier assist.
Sarah Mollison was a constant bright spark for Australia, and she got two in the first-half, first driving in from behind and to finish under the goalie, then scoring a FPS after a direct drive was unfairly halted.
Going into half-time Canada held a two-goal lead at 5-3 but just 30 seconds after the break, Theo Kwas brought Australia within one and what followed was a pulsating, full-on half of action that had the fans engrossed.
As the half drew on, the contest became more and more bruising and as the fouls clocked up, the tensions grew between the players, Dobbie coming in from special attention and was floored a couple of times to her annoyance.
Aside from that, Australia really cranked up the pressure on offense, Lane and Nielsen trying to pull Australia back into it while the Canada defence did a stellar job of providing limited opportunities.
And when Australia did get chances, they found Canada goalie Katie Donohoe in inspired form, thwarting numerous attacks to keep Canada ahead.
However, the pressure did finally tell and when Canada were a bit too eager in defence, Burgess made them pay on a FPS to make it 5-5.
Then things got even better as again, Canada were penalised, Taylor Gait was carded and Australia used the extra man to get Nielsen free who was set up by Lane to fire Australia ahead for the first time.
It was then down to Canada talisman Dobbie to wrestle it back with 2:45 to go, as she was bundled over by Nielsen following the draw, she switched to a box technique to surge forward and draw a FPS.
From the resulting chance she made no mistake, rifling home to take the game to overtime.
In the additional period, Donohoe was the star for Canada, denying both Mollison and Hiron for the Aussies while Megan Kinna and Jimerson made the most of their opportunities to give the Canadians daylight.
The match remained feisty until the end, Burgess receiving a yellow card and Lydia Sutton going off injured for Canada after a challenge from Stella Justice Allen as Australia became desperate.
But Canada saw the game out, Donohoe finishing with an MVP-winning 12 saves to advance Canada to the Gold Medal Match against USA on Saturday at 3pm.
Post-Match interview with Canada MVP, Katie Donohoe
— Rathbones WLC17 (@RWLC17) July 20, 2017