Lacrosse TV Daily: Day 7 Wednesday 17th
As we enter the playoff stage, the top four teams had a rest day while the middle seeded teams played off for a chance to go through to the quarter-finals. There was a bit of confusion as some teams woke up with the news that the draw had been re-done and they would be playing against a different team. The main change was that New Zealand would play Israel and Scotland would play Japan.
Wales v Austria
As Wales finished fifth in the top group they were seeded against Austria, the lowest qualifier from the middle group with a record of 3 wins and 2 losses. The experienced welsh players controlled this game from the start to the final whistle, although Austria gained the ball from the first draw, it was soon turned over before Becky Thomas started the goal run for the Welsh. The Welsh had 14 unanswered goals in the first half with Ros Lloyd Rout doing most of the damage with seven goals. It took up until the last 30 seconds of the half before Austria managed their first advancement into the welsh half but could not get a shot off before the halftime whistle.
Wales eased up the pace in the second half, playing a more patient attack for most of the time, however with players like Lloyd Rout and Sophie Coombes-Roberts with an eye for goal; they kept the goal scoring run going. The Austrian keeper pulled out seven good saves in this half limiting wales to seven goals. Amy Martin rounded up the scoring with the twenty first goal for Wales and her first of the world cup campaign. The Welsh defensive performance denied Austria any shots on goal and they will be looking for another strong performance when they take on England in the quarters.
Japan v Scotland
Japan came into this game with an unbeaten record and turning heads with their speedy attacking play. Scotland were 4-1 in group play and knew they would have to dig deep against the Japanese. In a fairly even first half it was Scotland that went into the halftime break with a two goal advantage (7-5). Japan had an opportunity to get one back before the whistle as a save from the goalie led to a quick clear with the last ball headed for a free player in front of goal before a Scottish stick managed to knock the ball down.
Teams traded possession at the start of the second half with Scotland converting two goals to take it to 9-5. The Japanese surge then started with Akiko Wada having time and space to rip a powerful shot into the goal before a further four goals to tie the game, one of the goals coming while Japan were playing short while serving a yellow card. At 10-10 Scotland thought they had scored as Ailsa Stott shot but the umpires did not give the goal and play carried on. The Japanese now in their stride took a two goal lead and it looked like they would take the game, but the Scots hung on and were rewarded with a gift as Julia Paterson found herself shooting into an empty net after a midfield turnover. With just over two minutes in the game, Japan received a yellow card, but they still worked hard, doubling the ball but this allowed Suzie Clark to level for Scotland. Japan had come through their last game with an overtime win against Israel and this game was going to be another nail biter.
Scotland won the crucial draw, giving them possession of the ball, which they took into attack and tried to wait for the final shot of the game, however pressure from the Japanese meant that the ball went loose, followed by a scramble for the ball. Ellie Bygroves would be Scotland’s hero as she picked up the groundball and went to goal, scoring the winner with just three seconds on the clock to send the Scotland supporters wild in the stands.
Both teams put on a great show of lacrosse with two different styles of play and plenty of action for the crowd. Scotland now progress to meet another test in the form of Australia.
Results Wednesday 17th:
- Netherlands 11 – 10 Finland
- South Korea 27 – 3 Sweden
- Haudenosaunee 19 – 3 Ireland
- Wales 21 – 0 Austria
- Japan 12 – 13 Scotland
- New Zealand 9 – 12 Israel
- Latvia 12 – 11 Hong Kong