June 24, 2009

World Cup: U.S. Races to 22-5 Win over Ireland

from staff reports

Caroline Cryer (right) says Team USA sees opponents' best efforts to start games, but boasts the depth to finish them. Cryer had four goals, three assists and five draw controls as the U.S. overcame an early 4-3 deficit to defeat Ireland, 22-5, in the FIL World Cup quarterfinals.

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Lochary in Prague: U.S. Has Not Lost Flair for Drama
Boxscore: U.S. 22, Ireland 5

PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- The United States raced to a commanding 22-5 victory over Ireland in today's Federation of International Lacrosse World Cup quarterfinal game. Player of the Match Caroline Cryer (Centennial, Colo./Duke '09) had four goals, three assists and five draw controls. The game marked the first time that the U.S. and Ireland have met in international competition.
The Irish gave the Americans a brief scare when they took a 4-3 lead early in the first half on Krista Pellizzi's (N. Massapequa, N.Y./Maryland '07) goal.

"A lot of it is that we're going to get every team's best effort every time, straight out the gate. But we have the depth that we can handle it. Our coaches do a great job of making adjustments, and we're in it for 60 minutes," said Cryer.

After a timeout, Team USA stormed back with 15 unanswered goals to put the game out of reach. Ten U.S. players put points on the board for the win.

Lindsey Munday (2g, 6a) (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Northwestern '06) and Katie Rowan (3g, 5a) (Delmar, N.Y./Syracuse '09) led all scorers with eight points each. Attacker Whitney Douthett (Newtown, Pa./Dartmouth '07) broke out with a four-goal performance. Goalie Devon Wills (3 saves) (Denver, Colo./Dartmouth '06) anchored the U.S. defensively, and the Americans dominated the draw with a 20-9 advantage.
Irish goalie Alex Kahoe (Villanova, Pa./Maryland '00) made 11 stops. Lauren Cohen (Farmingdale, N.Y./Maryland '08) led Ireland with three goals.
Team USA (5-0) now advances to the semifinals tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. EST (2:30 p.m. Prague time). They will play the winner of the England-Japan game, which began today at 11:15 a.m. EST.


USA: Caroline Cryer (4g, 3a); Whitney Douthett (4g); Katie Rowan (3g, 5a); Lindsey Munday (2g, 6a); Kristen Kjellman (2g, 1 a); Sarah Albrecht (2g); Holly McGarvie (2g); Acacia Walker (1g, 1a); Sarah Bullard (1g); Katie Chrest (1g). Devon Wills (3 saves).
IRELAND: Lauren Cohen (3g); Kaitlin Leggio (1g, 1a), Krista Pellizzi (1g). Alex Kahoe (11 saves).


United States 22, Ireland 5
Australia 17, Scotland 4
Canada 10, Wales 6
England vs. Japan, 11:15 a.m. EST
Consolation Round
New Zealand 18, Austria 0
Germany 25, Denmark 1
Czech Republic 23, Korea 0
Haudenosaunee vs. Netherlands, 1:15 p.m. EST

Related Links

Team USA Schedule/Results

* Official Event Web Site U.S. 17, England 8 - Boxscore | Recap
* Live Game Video Feed U.S. 11, Canada 4 - Boxscore | Recap
* Team USA Home Page U.S. 26, Japan 12 - Boxscore | Recap
* Photo Gallery: USA in Pool Play
U.S. 10, Australia 9 - Boxscore | Recap

QF: U.S. 22, Ireland 5 - Boxscore | Recap

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