August 5, 2011

McMunn, Cook, Treanor Help U.S. Pull Away From Canada

by Clare Lochary |

Jen Cook scored two goals and had three assists for the U.S. U19 women's team in a 13-6 win over Canada Thursday in round robin play at the FIL U19 World Championship. Cook assisted on the game's first two goals.

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HANNOVER, Germany — The last time Team USA and Team Canada met, it took the Americans just 52 seconds to score their first goal en route to an easy victory. When the two North American teams met again at the 2011 FIL U19 Women's World Championship, the Americans needed more than six minutes to get on the scoreboard, but the result was eventually the same.

Team USA defeated the Canadians, 13-6, bringing its tournament record to 2-0 overall. Erin McMunn led the Americans with three goals, while Jen Cook added two goals and three assists. Kayla Treanor (2g) was named Player of the Game.

"We played Canada back in May at the US Lacrosse Women's Division National Tournament, and obviously everybody's had a lot of time to practice and come together as a team," U.S. head coach Krystin Porcella said. "They were doing a great job of directing the draw to themselves, which gave them a little momentum. When we started draw to ourselves a bit more, that helped us control the midfield, which controls the game."

The game started slowly, a rarity in what has been a high-scoring tournament. It took 6:09, a handful of wide shots and another that went off a pipe, before Cook found Taylor Trimble (1g) on the crease and hit her with a pass from behind the cage to score the first goal of the game. The game was scoreless for the next 3:12, when Cook charged up the middle and made a generous pass to McMunn, who added a second goal for the U.S at 10:21.

Canada responded at 11:13, when Casey Lyons cut across the crease and finally beat American goalie Kelsey Duryea (8 saves). The two teams traded then goals to put the score at 3-2 at 13:18, the closest margin of the day, before the U.S. went on a decisive four-goal run. At halftime, the score was 7-3.

"Like our goalie coach says, just change your angle," Treanor said. "After we started doing that, we were making our shots."

The game included a steady defensive effort from the U.S. to hold off the scrappy Canadians. After both Kelly McPartland and Barb Sullivan picked up yellow cards in the first half of the tightly called match, Porcella told her team to pull back from checking and to play defense solely with their feet and body position.

"I'm used to defending without checking," defender Alyssa Blevins said about the adjustment. "I hate checking because I normally just end up hitting someone. Defensively we united and worked very well together."

Duryea started for the second game in a row for the U.S. and put in a solid effort. Allie Murray relieved her late in the second half and added four saves against a determined Canadian attack. Lyons and Sarah Oor led Team Canada with two goals each. Canadian goalie Katie Donohue had 10 saves, but her defense struggled to keep pace with the Americans' motion offense. Eight different players scored for the U.S.

"Everything we do is a motion, and everyone has the chance to go," Porcella said. "They have to balance when they go and when they don't, and they do a good job of that."

With two wins to their credit, the Americans continue their march toward a fourth consecutive U19 World Championship. Their next opponent will be the Haudenosaunee, played Saturday at 10 a.m. local time.

2011 FIL Under-19 World Championship - Round Robin Play

United States 13, Canada 6

Goals – USA: McMunn 3, Acton 2, Cook 2, Treanor 2, McPartland 1, Smith 1, Trimble 1, Rix 1; CAN: C. Lyons 2, Oor 2, Johnson 1, J. Lyons 1.

Assists – USA: Cook 3; CAN: Boissonealt 1, Landry 1.

Saves – USA: Duryea 8, Murray 4; CAN: Donohue 10.

More U19 World Championship Coverage: Day 1 | Opening Ceremony | Madison Acton Blog

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