July 18, 2013

Haudenosaunee Earns Date with Team USA in FIL Quarters

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Dawn Easley earned Player of the Match honors for  Haudenosaunee in its win over Ireland Wednesday. They face Team USA in the quarterfinals at 12:30.
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Oshawa, Ont. - Team USA opens its elimination round schedule on Thursday afternoon, taking on the Haudenosaunee at 12:30 in the quarterfinal round of the FIL World Cup here in Oshawa. The No. 8 seed Haudenosaunee earned their way into the quarterfinals and a date with the defending champions by topping No. 9 Ireland on Wednesday, 19-3.

USA went 4-0 in pool play, toppling England, Wales, Australia and Canada by a combined margin of 67-20. Only Australia finished the game within ten goals of the U.S. team, which has used a stifling defense to dominate, holding both Wales and Canada to two goals each.

Haudenosaunee went 4-1 in pool play, with a 15-11 loss to Japan its only blemish. In Wednesday's win over Ireland, Erin Francis had three goals and three assists and Dawn Easley scored four times to help jump to a 10-2 lead by the half.

In other action on Wednesday, Japan suffered its first loss of the tournament, falling to Scotland, 13-12. Scotland will face Australia in quarterfinal play on Thursday, closing out the day's action with an 8 p.m. face-off.

Israel and Wales also advanced to the quarterfinals on Wednesday, topping New Zealand and Austria, respectively. Israel, a first-time tournament entrant, beat New Zealand by a 12-9 score and will face Canada at 5:30 p.m. Wales blanked Austria 21-0, advancing to face England at 3 p.m. on Thursday, a team which beat them 9-4 in pool play on July 12th.

In other games, Latvia earned its first win in FIL World Cup play, topping Hong Kong by a goal in two overtimes, with Evija Rozite scoring the game-winner. Latvia scored four of the final five goals of regulation to rally from a 10-7 deficit and send the game to extra time. Netherlands defeated Finland and Korea topped Sweden in the day's other two contests in the diamond bracket.

Recaps and Box Scores of Wednesday's games are available at the FIL website

Wednesday Results

Championship Bracket
Haudenosaunee 19, Ireland 3 – Box Score
Wales 21, Australia 0 – Box Score
Scotland 13, Japan 12 – Box Score
Israel 12, New Zealand 9 – Box Score

Consolation Bracket
Netherlands 11, Finland 10
Korea 23, Sweden 7
Latvia 12, Hong Kong 11, 2OT

Thursday Schedule

Championship Quarterfinals
12:30 – USA v. Haudenosaunee
3:00 – England v. Wales
5:30 – Canada v. Israel
8:00 – Australia v. Scotland

Diamond Bracket

9:00 -  Germany v. Finland
11:30 – Ireland v. Austria
2:00 – Japan v. New Zealand
4:30 – Latvia v. Sweden

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