June 19, 2009

Not Half Bad: Team USA Roars Back Again

Lochary in Prague: Americans Dig Deep in 'Grudge Match'
Box Score: U.S 11, Canada 4

from staff reports

Lindsey Munday, shown here driving to the goal Thursday against England, led the U.S. team Friday with three goals and three assists in an 11-4 victory over Canada at the FIL World Cup in Prague, Czech Republic.

© Pellerins Photography

PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- For the second straight day the United States started slow before posting a convincing win in the Federation of International Lacrosse World Cup. The U.S. women trailed Canada 4-3 at the half, but blanked the Canadians in the second half to rally for an 11-4 victory to improve to 2-0 in the tournament.

Lindsey Munday (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Northwestern ‘06) led the Americans with three goals and three assists, while teammate Erica LaGrow (Skaneateles, N.Y./North Carolina '08) also contributed a hat trick.
Canada's zone defense frustrated the U.S. for the first half, as the Canadians dominated on draw controls and gained an early 2-0 lead. LaGrow struck first for the Americans at 18:58 on a low bounce shot that beat goalie Kristen Haldeman. Canada responded less than a minute later when Abbey Friend (1g) beat goalie Devon Wills (Denver, Colo./Dartmouth '06) on a soft change-up shot. Munday and LaGrow scored back-to-back goals for Team USA to tie the game at 3-3, but Crysti Foote (1g) gave Canada its 4-3 halftime lead on an assist from Mandy Friend (2g).
While the U.S. never led in the first half, the team came out firing in the second period. Munday tied the game at 4-4 on a neat pass from Caroline Cryer (2g, 2a) (Centennial, Colo./Duke '09) on a free position. Munday also scored the go-ahead goal on a give-and-go from Katie Rowan (1a) (Delmar, N.Y./Syracuse '09). The Americans never looked back after gaining the lead, despite a driving rainstorm and aggressive play from the Canadian team.
Four different players scored for Canada; Mandy Friend was the team's points leader with two assists. Former University of Maryland standout Dana Dobbie was held to zero points. Team Canada picked up four yellow cards during the course of the game. Mandy Friend picked up a red card for unsportsmanlike conduct for a blind hit on Rowan in the final seconds of the game and will thus be disqualified from tomorrow's match versus England.
U.S. defender Regina Oliver (Pottstown, Pa./Ohio State '05) won Player of the Match honors for her effort in preserving the second-half shut out.

The U.S., which was tied with England 6-6 at the half on Thursday before pulling away from a 17-8 victory, will play Japan on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. local time (8:30 a.m. EST).


United States 11, Canada 4
Australia 24, Japan 6
Pool B
Scotland 18, Germany 3
Wales, New Zeland 11:30 a.m. EST
Pool C
Haudenosaunee 20, Austria 0
Ireland, Netherlands 10:00 a.m. EST
The U.S. women's national teams program is coordinated by US Lacrosse, the national governing body of the sport. deBeer Lacrosse is the official exclusive equipment and apparel supplier to the U.S. women's national teams program.

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