The U.S. defeated England, 20-3, in the semifinal round of the 2009 Federation of International Lacrosse World Cup, and will advance to the gold medal game on Saturday against Australia. The Americans raced to a 7-0 lead before a lightning delay stopped play at 18:36 in the first half.
After the delay, Team USA stayed hot with a 15-2 halftime lead. Katie Rowan (Delmar, N.Y./Syracuse ’09) led all scorers with three goals and five assists. Sarah Bullard (2g) ( Needham , Mass. /Duke ’11), the youngest player on Team USA , won Player of the Match for her strong play between the lines. Starting goalie Devon Wills ( Denver , Colo. / Dartmouth ’06) had three saves in the first half. Keeper Megan Huether (Lutherville, Md./Duke ’06) had one stop in the second half.
Katy Bennett, Charlie Finnigan and Felicity Hermsen each scored for England . Starting English goalie Catherine Gaunt had two saves. Backup Anita Thorose had five stops in the second half.
U.S. will play Australia for the gold on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. EST (3:00 p.m. Prague time). In 2005, Australia beat U.S. in the final game for the World Cup. The final game will be webcast live here: http://videosport.tn.nova.cz/629-Lacrosse-pitch–a.
USA: Sarah Albrecht (4g); Katie Rowan (3g, 5a); Caroline Cryer (3g, 2a); Kristen Kjellman (3g); Lindsey Munday (2g, 2a); Sarah Bullard (2g); Michele DeJuliis (1g, 1a); Erica LaGrow (1g); Holly McGarvie (1g); Whitney Douthett (1a); Katie Chrest (1a); Acacia Walker (1a). Devon Wills (3 saves). Megan Huether (1 save).
ENGLAND: Katy Bennett (1g); Charlie Finnigan (1g); Felicity Hermsen (1g). Catherine Gaunt (2 saves); Anita Thorose (5 saves).
United States 20, England 3
Australia 12, Canada 10
Ireland 15, Japan 13
Wales 11, Scotland 8
Czech Republic 12, Haudenosaunee 7
Netherlands 28, Korea 1
Austria 10, Denmark 9
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