In the final pool game of the 2015 FIL Rathbones U19 Women’s Lacrosse World Championships, reigning World champions Team USA put on a classy performance to continue their undefeated record, beating Team England 19-4 and finish top of Group A.
The stars and strips got off to a perfect start, storming ahead with a 5 goal lead in the opening 5 minutes of the game, before England could reply. Team USA did not allow England to play the style of lacrosse that has gained them so much praise and admiration so far, pressing and double teaming at ever opportunity.
England battled hard and took the chances when they became available, but Team USA were a tough defensive unit to break down. Liv Wimpenny was impressive again for Team England and led the scoring with 3 unassisted goals in the game.
Another player who deserved credit was goalkeeper Zoe Parker who made some fantastic saves in the second half. Taya Jackson was England’s only other goal scorer, with an unassisted goal in the first half.
Leading the way for Team USA was Miranda Ibello with an impressive 7 points (3g, 4a). Other scorers for USA included Brindi Griffin; Andie Aldave and Francesca Whitehurst who each scored hat-trick’s. Lindsey Ronbeck and Olivia Ferrucci each scored two goals, and Chloe Jones chipped in with a single goal to complete USA’s tally.
This result see’s England finish fourth in the group, and they will now face home nation rivals Wales in the quarter-finals at 5pm today (Wednesday 29th July).
Team USA progress to the quarter-finals as group leaders and will face tournament new comers New Zealand. In the other quarter-final games, Australia will face Japan and Canada takes on the hosts Scotland. Should England defeat Wales they are likely to meet USA again in the semi-finals, which take place on Thursday at 4pm.
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We interviewed defender Ellie Hillier and talked to her about what England can take away from the game, and what her expectations are for Wales ahead of the quarter-final match up.