by US Lacrosse
OSHAWA, Ontario - Katrina Dowd tied for game highs with three goals and four total points as the U.S. Women's National Team rode the momentum of an 11-goal first half run to begin the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Cup with a 17-7 victory over England on Thursday. Ten players tallied goals in a balanced attack by the Americans.
Dowd recently completed her first season as an assistant coach at the University of North Carolina, helping lead the Tar Heels to the 2013 NCAA championship.
England scored first, as Laura Merrifield finished a shot on the doorstep just 47 seconds into the contest. From there, the U.S. took over, scoring 11 straight goals over a 21:19 period in the first half to take a commanding 13-2 lead into halftime. The U.S. defense was led by goalie Devon Wills, who allowed just two goals while making five saves in 35-plus minutes of action. Despite a second half surge from England, the U.S. was able to preserve the double-digit win.
Three players recorded a team-high four points each for the U.S., including Dowd, Sarah Albrecht and Katie Rowan. U.S. team midfielder Ally Carey scored two goals and added a game-high six draw controls to earn player of the match honors. Kristen Lafferty paced England with three goals and one assist, while Merrifield added three goals.
The win puts Team USA atop Pool A with a 1-0 record heading into Saturday's 4:30 p.m. ET matchup against Wales. The U.S. holds a perfect 6-0 mark against Wales in World Cup competition, with an average victory margin of more than 13 goals. The two teams last met in the 2005 World Cup in Annapolis, Md., with the U.S. winning 11-4.
Federation of International Lacrosse Women's World Cup
USA 13 - 4 - 17
ENG 2 - 5 - 7
Goals: USA - Dowd 3, Rowan 3, Albrecht 2, Berger 2, Schwarzmann 2, Carey 2, Igoe 1, Etrasco 1, Bullard 1; ENG - Lafferty 3, Merrifield 3, Gray 1.
Assists: USA - Albrecht 2, Dowd 1, Igoe 1, Munday 1, Rowan 1; ENG - Lafferty 1, R. Smith 1.
Saves: USA - Wills 5, Huether 2; ENG - Gaunt 3, Keogh 2.
Remaining Pool Play Schedule
July 13 - vs. Wales - 4:30 p.m. - #USAvWAL
July 14 - vs. Australia - 3 p.m. ET - #USAvAUS
July 16 - vs. Canada - 8 p.m. ET - #USAvCAN
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