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
Scotland 18, Germany 3
Wales 19, New Zealand 5
Haudenosaunee 20, Austria 0
Ireland 23, Netherlands 13
Australia did not leave anyone in the dark and led 6-0 after a fast start. Japan managed to score a few times in their best phase at the end of the first half and bothered the Australians with their active play. The score difference remained around 10 points until fatigue seemed to be a factor for the Japanese players towards the end of the match.
The second Friday match in elite Group A was between USA and Canada and offered a great game, especially in the first half. Canada managed to stay with the favorites and during the first half maintained a small lead, with the score 4-3 at the break. After the change of sides, Team USA took over the match, dominating Canada 8-0 for the second half.
In the other games played, Team Haudenosaunee defeated Austria easily, 20-0. In Pool B, where the Czech Team plays too, Scotland beat Germany convincingly, 18-3. The Czechs did not play on Friday, but Germany will be their next opponent on Sunday, 20th June at 5.30 p.m.
Other games to be played on Friday are Ireland vs. Netherlands and Wales vs. New Zealand.