May 28, 2011

Team USA U19 Women Cruise Over Canada

by Clare Lochary | WDNT Tournament Central

Covie Stanwick had two goals and four assists to help Team USA beat Canada 21-7 in an exhibition game during the US Lacrosse Women's Division National Tournament.

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SETAUKET, N.Y. - The US Lacrosse Women’s Division National Tournament was the first chance for the U.S. U19 women’s national team has had to play together since final cuts were made in January. In their maiden voyage, U19 head coach Kristyn Porcella just wanted her team to play like a team.

“Everyone’s been playing for their own teams all year long and everyone has different roles,” said Porcella, who will lead Team USA in its quest for gold at this summer’s FIL U19 World Championship in Hannover, Germany in August. “To see them be a little helter-skelter to begin with and then start to reign it in, it was neat to see the progression throughout the day.”

Team USA won two games earlier in the day against high school seniors from around the country and then took on their first international opponent with great success. The Americans got a decisive 21-7 win over Team Canada, with goals from seven different players. Attacker Cortney  Fortunato, the youngest player on the team, led all scorers with nine goals.

“Everyone played really well together, and I happened to be the one to finish it,” said Fortunato, a rising junior at Northport (N.Y.) High School who got a big cheer from the local crowd at Ward Melville High School during introductions.

“It was a little rocky in our first couple games but I think it came together. Everyone’s just so ridiculously good.”

Against Canada, midfielder Covie Stanwick opened scoring for Team USA just 51 seconds into the game, kicking off a 5-0 run in the first 9:52. Stanwick contributed two goals and emerged as the team’s top feeder, contributing four assists. The Americans led 14-4 at halftime.

“We wanted to push the fast break and have a nice balanced attack – some fast breaks, some slow breaks some settled and transitions from one to the next and the next,” said Porcella. “That’s what you need to do when you have big goal scorers. And we have five, six, seven of them. Most teams have one or two.”

Midfielder Tori  Quinn led Canada with two goals and two assists. Quinn has committed to Canisius, where she will play for Team Canada coach Scott Teeter.

“It’s a work in progress, playing the defending goal medalists. I thought the nerves in the first half got them, and we played much better in the second half,” said Teeter.

Team USA captain Taylor Trimble added four goals to the Americans’ tally. She said that with the pressure of cuts behind them, the players could focus on becoming a cohesive unit instead of 18 individual players.

“I think we’re really coming together and realizing that Germany is coming up. The more we play together, the more we’re clicking,” said Trimble. “And we’re all having fun.”

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