England delivered a promising performance against USA in the 2017 FIL Rathbones Women’s Lacrosse World Cup Semi-Final, eventually going down 19-8.
England rode with USA for much of the game, particularly in the first-half, where at times the US seemed to be under the sort of pressure they have yet to experience in the tournament.
When USA went 2-0 up after just two minutes, there were signs it may have been a repeat of the group game where USA won 18-1.
However, things did not follow the previous script, as England powered themselves back into the game to the pleasure of the home fans.
Laura Merrifield got England on their way with a classy run deceiving both her marker and Wills in the goal before Lucy Lynch used her pace to step inside and fire in to draw England level after 5 minutes.
USA then went on a three-goal streak through Cummings, Tumolo and Rabil before Camilla Hayes scored two goals to keep on the coat tails, while sandwiched in between were two goals for match MVP and tournament points leader, Kayla Treanor (5G, 3A).
England ended the half on a high as Merrifield combined with Hompe and again drove at the defence to beat the defence and make it 5-9 at the half.
England will have been pleased with their first-half while USA, who were uncharacteristically sloppy in possession with plenty of misplaced passes were looking to up the levels.
The half started evenly again as Treanor scored for USA before Hayes completed her hat-trick to get her team going.
However, then came the US surge as eight unanswered goals in 15 minutes exhibiting some devastating finishes took the game away from England.
McNab still finished the game with a valiant 12 saves but was but under pressure from waves of US attacks especially in the second-half.
There was time for Sophie Brett to score after good work from Kirsten Lafferty and Hompe typified England’s desire and fight until the end as she dispossessed Wills to set up an open goal opportunity for Whittle as the final score read 19-8.
Today’s result should provide a positive platform for Saturday’s Bronze Medal Match against old enemies Australia at 12pm.
Post-Match interview with Laura Merrifield
— English Lacrosse (@englacrosse) July 20, 2017