The United States upset defending world champion Australia, 10-9, in a thrilling victory at the 2009 Federation of International Lacrosse World Cup in Prague. After falling behind 5-0 early and entering halftime with a 9-4 deficit, the U.S. rallied and shut out the Australians in the second half, carefully chipping away at the lead.
Acacia Walker (2g) (Sherwood Forest, Md./Maryland ’05) equalized the game on a free position at 7:45, and Sarah Albrecht (3g) (Braintree, Mass./Northwestern ’06) scored the game-winner minutes later on an assist from Caroline Cryer (1g, 2a) (Centennial, Colo./Duke ’09). Six different players scored in a balanced offensive effort from the Americans.
Megan Huether (Lutherville, Md./Duke ’06) relieved starting goalie Devon Wills (3 saves) ( Denver , Colo. / Dartmouth ’06) to start the second half and anchored the shut-out with six saves.
First place United States now stands 4-0 and will enter quarterfinals Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. EST (4:00 p.m. Prague time) against the winner of the “Play In” match between Ireland and the Czech Republic .
USA: Sarah Albrecht (3g); Katie Rowan (2g, 1a); Acacia Walker (2g); Caroline Cryer (1g, 2a); Michelle DeJuliis (1g, 1a); Kristen Kjellman (1g); Lindsey Munday (2a); Caitlyn McFadden (1a); Katie Chrest (1a); Megan Huether (6 saves); Devon Wills (3 saves).
AUS: Stacey Morlang (3g, 1a); Jen Adams (2g); Hannah Nielsen (1g, 2a); Cassandra Cursaro (1g); Courtney Inge (1g); Marlee Paton (1g); Meredith Carre (1a).
United States 10, Australia 9
England 20, Japan 3
Wales 10, Scotland 6
Czech Republic 15, New Zealand 3
Ireland 12, Haudenosaunee 6
Denmark 15, Korea 2
Netherlands 17, Austria 2
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