Suffocating Defense Propels U.S. National Team over Canada

OSHAWA, Ontario, July 16 - The U.S. Women's National Team leaned on its signature pressure defense to defeat Canada 13-2 in Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Cup pool play Tuesday. With the win, Team USA (4-0) earned the number one seed in the championship bracket, which begins play Wednesday.

Team USA scored the game's first eight goals, three of which came from Katrina Dowd (Northwestern University) while forcing 16 first half turnovers and limiting the previously unbeaten Canadian side (3-1) to just two shots in the first frame. Canada's first goal came with just fifteen seconds remaining in the half on a feed from Megan Takacs to Brooke Eubanks.

Despite losing the draw control battle 11-6, the U.S. was able to pick up 20 ground balls to Canada's 10 and capitalize off of 26 Canada turnovers. The U.S. defense also limited Canada to just five successful clears on 13 attempts.

Dowd, Team USA's leading scorer through four games with 23 points (17 g, 6 a), paced all scorers with four goals and one assist, three of which came off of dodges from behind the cage. Sarah Albrecht (Northwestern University), Danielle Etrasco (Boston University) and Katie Schwarzmann (University of Maryland) all contributed two goals each. U.S. defender Amber Falcone (University of North Carolina) was named player of the match with three ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Team USA completes pool play with a perfect 4-0 record, having outscored its opponents by a combined score of 67-20. The team will next face the winner of eighth-seeded Haudenosaunee and ninth-seeded Israel in a quarterfinal match-up to be played Thursday at 12:30 p.m. ET. Canada, Australia and England round out the tournament's top four seeds, respectively. The semifinal round will be contested Friday, with the World Cup gold medal game scheduled for Saturday at 3:00 p.m. ET.

USA 8 5 - 13
CAN 1 1 - 2

Goals: USA - Dowd 4, Albrecht 2, Etraco 2, Schwarzmann 2, Igoe 1, McFadden 1, Rowan 1; CAN - Eubanks 1, Foote 1.
Assists: USA - Dowd 1, Munday 1, Rowan 1; CAN - A. Friend 1, Takacs 1.
Saves: USA - Huether 2, Wills 1; CAN - Donohoe 8.


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