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College Men’s Lacrosse: BYU Men’s Lacrosse Names Matt Schneck As New Head Coach


Matt Schneck, BYU Men's Lacrosse Coach

Matt Schneck, BYU Men's Lacrosse Coach

BYU

 

Matt Schneck has been named as BYU’s new lacrosse head coach, as announced on Thursday by Lee Gibbons, director of Extramural Sports.

Schneck will replace 14-year coach Jason Lamb, who had carried various BYU lacrosse teams to three National Championships. Lamb’s coaching record to date is 195-65. Schneck spent eight years as an assistant coach under Lamb.

No reasons were given in the news release for the change in staffing for BYU lacrosse and both Scheck and Lamb were unavailable for comment on Thursday.

Players reacted well to the news and are optimistic for their future with Schneck as head coach.

“Obviously we are going to miss coach Lamb,” said senior captain Elliot Grow, a two-time All-American middie, in a prior news release. “But going forward, the choice was clear very early that coach Schneck was the right person to not only maintain the proud tradition of BYU lacrosse, but to help us advance the program.”

Britt Cone, senior captain and two-time All-American, is saddened to see Lamb leave but is “excited to see what adjustments he (Schneck) can make with the program to bring some positive change to the program.”

Grow and Cone both said the team’s focus is on winning another National Championship this upcoming season, with Schneck as the key to doing so.            

In a news release, it was said that the Cougars are returning five starting defensemen, a starting goalie, and three starting defensive midfielders from last year’s team, which should help them in their quest for that National Championship.

Schneck’s coaching staff will consist of Jordan Harris (defense), Josh Austin (offense) and Justin McClure (strength and conditioning).  Harris, Austin and McClure are all well versed with BYU lacrosse and the programs that have created winning teams in the past.

“Much of the success that I have experienced in my life has come from identifying and building successful teams and that is what we have done with this coaching staff,” Schneck said in a news release.

http://universe.byu.edu/node/710

College Men’s Lacrosse: North Carolina Men’s Lacrosse To Face Brown In San Francisco Fall Lacrosse Classic On October 10, 2009


San Francisco Fall Lacrosse ClassicSan Francisco Fall Lacrosse Classic LogoTwo of the nation’s top NCAA lacrosse programs – the University of North Carolina Tar Heels and the Brown University Bears – will face off in the inaugural San Francisco Fall Lacrosse Classic, scheduled for Kezar Stadium at 3 pm on October 10, 2009.
 
Ranked 6th and 11th nationally, UNC and Brown’s historic clash at the San Francisco Fall Lacrosse Classic will mark the first time that two NCAA Division I men’s teams have ever met head-to-head in Northern California. 
 
“That two elite lacrosse programs are traveling across the country to play each other speaks volumes about the growth of lacrosse in California,” said Braden Edwards, event organizer and two-time All-American lacrosse player at Gettysburg College. 
 
Lacrosse has been the fastest growing high school and college sport over the past ten years, and there are now more than 10,000 youth lacrosse players in California, an increase of over 200% since 2001.
 
“Playing North Carolina this fall provides a tremendous opportunity to showcase the Brown program and the sport of lacrosse in Northern California”, said Brown head coach Lars Tiffany. 
 
Prior to the start of the competition, free youth clinics will be held for kids 4th – 8th grade, featuring players from the participating teams; and a free coaches clinic will be held for local youth and high school coaches with the coaching staffs from Brown and North Carolina.
 
“Being selected to participate in the inaugural event is quite an honor.  My team and staff
cannot wait to get to the San Francisco Bay area in October to face-off against Brown and participate in helping grow the sport in the area”, continued North Carolina head coach Joe Breschi.
 
100% of the proceeds from the event will go directly to the BAYS Foundation.

ABOUT BAY AREA YOUTH SPORTS FOUNDATION – The BAYS Foundation works to strengthen programs and organizations that provide opportunities and increase access for low-income youth in the Bay Area to participate in organized sports in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.  www.sfbays.org.

http://insidelacrosse.com/page.cfm?pagerid=2&news=fdetail&storyid=208059

Team USA Women’s Lacrosse Defeats England 20-3 And Will Face Australia, Which Defeated Canada 12-10, In World Cup Lacrosse Finals On Saturday


wordcup09bannerThe 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 allteam usa womens lacrose 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.

 BOX SCORE

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).

 OTHER SCORES

Semifinals

United States 20, England 3

Australia 12, Canada 10

 Consolation Round

Ireland 15, Japan 13

Wales 11, Scotland 8

Czech Republic 12, Haudenosaunee 7

Netherlands 28, Korea 1

Austria 10, Denmark 9

 The U.S. women’s national teams program is coordinated by US Lacrosse, the national governing body of the sport. deBeer Lacrosse is the official exclusive equipment and apparel supplier to the U.S. women’s national teams program.

Colleen Sperry Aungst

Public Relations Manager, US Lacrosse

(410) 235-6882 ext. 155

113 W. University Pkwy.

Baltimore, MD 21210

caungst@uslacrosse.org

http://www.uslacrosse.org

Southern California Club Lacrosse: Summer 2009 Starz Lacrosse Cup Championship Series Begins With Great Play In LA/OC And San Diego Sections


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After much excitement and anticipation, the first weekend of the Summer 2009 Starz Cup has been started off with some great Jamboree play.
       In the North, South Bay and 101 Starz emerge in the Elite bracket with 2 wins each. Starz Cup newcomers SC Starz also tallied 2 wins, as they look to compete in the Elite division next weekend. On the High-School level, parity runs deep in the North, as each team has lost at least 1 contest. Olympic Storm, and Breakerz ran the Middle School tables with each team going 2-0, while 101 and OC Starz stay tied for first in the Youth division.
       Down South, Quad Cities emerged unscathed in the Elite division, knocking off the defending champion Laxdawgs squad 7-6 in closely fought battle. In the High School Bracket, the Carlsbad Boltz are 2-0 in their initial Starz season under Head Coach Dan Collins. Sunday’s games saw the Laxdawgs Brown, RC Carolina, and Quad City teams all emerge as contenders in the Middle School bracket, all going 2-0 on the day. In the Youth division, Quad Cities and RC Silver stand tied with 2 wins each.
     Below you will find the initial Summer 2009 Starz Cup Coaches poll. Please keep in mind these rankings will shake out more clearly in the upcoming weeks, and are solely based off only 1 weekend of competition. See you all next weekend!

http://www.starzlax.com/

Team USA Women’s Lacrosse Defeats Ireland 22-5 In 2009 World Cup Lacrosse World Cup Quarterfinal Game


wordcup09bannerThe United States raced to a commanding 22-5 victory over Ireland in today’s Federation of International Lacrosse World Cup quarterfinal game. Player of the Match Caroline Cryer (Centennial, Colo./Duke ’09) had four goals, three assists and five draw controls. The game marked the first time that the U.S. and Ireland have met in international team usa womens lacrossecompetition. 

The Irish gave the Americans a brief scare when they took a 4-3 lead early in the first half on Krista Pellizzi’s (N. Massapequa, N.Y./Maryland ’07) goal. After a timeout, Team USA stormed back with 15 unanswered goals to put the game out of reach. Ten U.S. players put points on the board for the win. Lindsey Munday (2g, 6a) ( Mountain Lakes , N.J./Northwestern ’06) and Katie Rowan (3g, 5a) (Delmar, N.Y./Syracuse ’09) led all scorers with eight points each. Attacker Whitney Douthett ( Newtown , Pa. / Dartmouth ’07) broke out with a four-goal performance. Goalie Devon Wills (3 saves) ( Denver , Colo. / Dartmouth ’06) anchored the U.S. defensively, and the Americans dominated the draw with a 20-9 advantage.

 Irish goalie Alex Kahoe ( Villanova , Pa. / Maryland ’00) made 11 stops. Lauren Cohen (Farmingdale, N.Y./Maryland ’08) led Ireland with three goals.

 Team USA (5-0) now advances to the semifinals tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. EST (2:30 p.m. Prague time). They will play the winner of the England-Japan game, which began today at 11:15 a.m. EST.

  

BOX SCORE

USA: Caroline Cryer (4g, 3a); Whitney Douthett (4g); Katie Rowan (3g, 5a); Lindsey Munday (2g, 6a); Kristen Kjellman (2g, 1 a); Sarah Albrecht (2g); Holly McGarvie (2g); Acacia Walker (1g, 1a); Sarah Bullard (1g); Katie Chrest (1g). Devon Wills (3 saves).

 

IRELAND: Lauren Cohen (3g); Kaitlin Leggio (1g, 1a), Krista Pellizzi (1g). Alex Kahoe (11 saves).

 

 

OTHER SCORES

Quarterfinals

United States 22, Ireland 5

Australia 17, Scotland 4

Canada 10, Wales 6

England vs. Japan , 11:15 a.m. EST

 

Consolation Round

New Zealand 18, Austria 0

Germany 25, Denmark 1

Czech Republic 23, Korea 0

Haudenosaunee vs. Netherlands , 1:15 p.m. EST

Colleen Sperry Aungst

Public Relations Manager, US Lacrosse

(410) 235-6882 ext. 155

113 W. University Pkwy.

Baltimore, MD 21210

caungst@uslacrosse.org

http://www.uslacrosse.org

Colorado Club Lacrosse: U-17 Mountain All-Stars Lacrosse Team Wins Warrior Vail Colorado Lacrosse Tournament B Division


Members of the U17 Mountain All-Stars lacrosse team, which includes Aspen's Bo Writer, Grant Huber, Terry Leitch, Daniel Ryerson, Dane Christensen and Cody Vickery, pose for a photo Thursday after defeating the Mile High Magic to win the Warrior Vail Colorado Lacrosse Tournament's B Division. Della PegolottiVAIL, Colo. — Admittedly, Mike Goerne had few expectations when he guided his U17 Mountain All-Stars lacrosse team into last week's 16-team Warrior Vail Colorado Lacrosse Tournament.

Members of the U17 Mountain All-Stars lacrosse team, which includes Aspen's Bo Writer, Grant Huber, Terry Leitch, Daniel Ryerson, Dane Christensen and Cody Vickery, pose for a photo Thursday after defeating the Mile High Magic to win the Warrior Vail Colorado Lacrosse Tournament's B Division. Della Pegolotti

(From the Aspen Times)

Admittedly, Mike Goerne had few expectations when he guided his U17 Mountain All-Stars lacrosse team into last week’s 16-team Warrior Vail Colorado Lacrosse Tournament.

After all, his team, comprised of players from Western Slope schools — including five (Bo Writer, Grant Huber, Terry Leitch, Daniel Ryerson and Dane Christensen) from his Aspen High program — was largely outplayed in 2008. It also dropped its opener this year to a team from Southern California.

The Mountain All-Stars rallied — in a major way. They won four of seven games to advance to Thursday’s championship game. There, they outlasted Denver’s Mile High Magic, scoring the game winner one minute into the third overtime to escape with a thrilling 7-6 B division victory.

Lacrosse on the Western Slope is alive and well.

“The team erupted — they ran out faster than I’ve seen a team run in a long time,” Goerne said Tuesday. “It was so cool to show that the Mountain Conference can pull down a Denver select team. … This shows how fast and how dedicated the players on the Western Slope are to learning the game.”

The squad went 1-8 in Vail in 2008, and didn’t pick up their lone win until the tournament’s final day. This time around, the Mountain All-Stars proved resilient after an opening-game loss in Tuesday’s pool play. They cruised to victory against a squad from Minnesota — one coached by one of Goerne’s former teammates from his days on a Minnesota all-star squad — by eight goals.

After a loss to a team from Denver to close out Day 1, the Mountain All-Stars blanked Utah, 7-0, on Wednesday. The string of inconsistent play continued, however, as Denver’s Icon Lacrosse, a team littered with college prospects, handed Goerne’s bunch a 16-1 loss.

The coach said he was expecting a similar result against Georgia, which lost to Icon by just two goals. He said he was surprised when his squad trailed by just one goal, 3-2, at halftime.

The two were tied at six with a minute left in the game, but Georgia found the net in the final 15 seconds to seal the victory. Still, Goerne said the performance was encouraging.

“Our lungs and energy are what brought us into a game like that,” he added. “The kids played great lacrosse and got better every single day. They played more as a team and started finding each other sooner. They continued to build.”

Goalie Spencer Currie provided a spark in the first half of the Mountain All-Stars’ next game — a rematch with Minnesota in a B division quarterfinal (the 16 teams were split into A and B divisions based on prior results). The Battle Mountain product corralled a loose ball, then pushed the ball up field. When no defender picked him up, Currie sprinted toward the opposing goal, fired and scored.

“It was one of those rare things. Long poles score ever few games, but a goalie scoring is an every-few-seasons type of deal,” said Goerne, whose team won, 8-4. “It was a huge momentum swing.”

The Mountain All-Stars dispatched Utah, 10-3, to advance to Thursday’s final against Mile High Magic. After eight games and two long days of action, Goerne predicted momentum swings would define the championship game.

He was right. His team struck first with two quick goals, but the Magic battled back to square the game. At the end of the third, the Mountain All-Stars had a 5-3 advantage. With 45 seconds remaining in the game, that lead had been cut to one.

The Magic converted the equalizer to force a three-minute overtime period.

Make that three overtimes.

The Magic made two bids for the win in the second overtime, but had two shots ring off the post. One minute into the third, an attackman from Wheat Ridge — one Goerne met at an Aspen lacrosse camp and later recruited after a player dropped out — put the Mountain All-Stars on top.

He sprinted up the field on a clear, received a pass from a Steamboat Springs midfielder and went low, tucking the ball into the corner.

Cue the celebration.

“It was cool to see them finish it,” Goerne said. “I think it definitely fired up the Aspen guys to keep pushing the team to get better and better.”

http://www.aspentimes.com/article/20090624/SPORTS/906239952/1059

Southern California High School Boys Lacrosse Profile: Foothill Knights Lacrosse Senior Middie Chris Cole Completes Senior Season With All-America And Team MVP Honors After Leading Knights To 2009 CIF-Southern Section Lacrosse Championship


Foothill Knights Lacrosse Middie Chris Cole2

CIF-Southern Section Champion Foothill Knights Lacrosse senior middie Chris Cole was named a 2009 All-American by US Lacrosse and was his team's Offensive MVP and earned First Team All-County And All-League Honors. Photo by LaxBuzz

2009 Senior Stats

Shots:   131   Goals:  47   GPG:    1.8    S%:      .359

A:         18     APG:    .692    PTS:     65

GB:      92    GBPG: 3.5

 2009 Highlights:   Orange County CIF Champions with 3 Goals

                                             In The Championship Game

                                            CIF Southern Section Champions with 6 Points

                                            In The Southern Section Championship Game

                                            Heart Award,   Offensive MVP, First Team

                                           All-Seaview League,  First Team All-County

                                            All-American

2008 Junior Stats

Shots:   63      Goals:  27    GPG:    1.1    S%:      .428

A:   16     APG:    .667    PTS:     43

GB:     37     GBPG: 1.5 

2008 Highlights:      Orange County CIF Champions,  

                                               CIF Southern Section Champions

                                               1 Goal 2 Assists In The CIF Championship Game

2007 Sophomore Stats

Shots:   23   Goals:  21   GPG:    0.8    S%:      .521

A:   5   APG:    .321    PTS:     17

GB:  27      GBPG: 1.2

2007 Highlights:      Orange County CIF Champions,

                                               CIF Southern Section Champions

                                               2 Goals In The CIF Championship Game,

                                               Team “Hustle” Award

2006 Freshman Stats

Shots:   52    Goals:  36    GPG:    2.3    S%:      .692

A:  29     APG:    2.9    PTS:     65 

GB:      32      GBPG: 3.2

 2006 Highlights:      Offensive MVP,  Attackman Of The Year, 

                                                Undefeated League Champions, Freshman Division

                                                Leading Scorer

The 2009 Vail Lacrosse Shootout Returns For 37th Year On June 27-July 5 And Will Feature Over 60 Men’s Lacrosse Teams And 30 Women’s Lacrosse Teams


Over the years, some of the world’s best lacrosse players have played in the Vail Shootout. Gary and Paul Gait (Syracuse), Jen Adams (Maryland), Casey, Ryan and Mike Powell (Syracuse), Kyle Harrison (Johns Hopkins) and Michele DeJuliis (Penn State), some of the most recognized names in the sport, have all graced the Vail Valley at some point in their lacrosse careers.

Over the years, some of the world’s best lacrosse players have played in the Vail Shootout. Gary and Paul Gait (Syracuse), Jen Adams (Maryland), Casey, Ryan and Mike Powell (Syracuse), Kyle Harrison (Johns Hopkins) and Michele DeJuliis (Penn State), some of the most recognized names in the sport, have all graced the Vail Valley at some point in their lacrosse careers.

The Vail Lacrosse Shootout returns for its 37th edition in 2009, running from Saturday, June 27 – Sunday, July 5. As vail lacrosse shootout 2009the premiere club tournament in the United States, Vail is home to some of the very best lacrosse in the world and will play host to over 60 men’s teams and 30 women’s teams in what has become a pilgrimage for any true lacrosse fan.

The Vail Shootout started in Aspen in 1973 and was founded by Flip Naumburg and Jim Soran. After making its permanent move to Vail in 1979, the tournament has enjoyed steady growth and become a fixture on the lacrosse landscape. More than just a tournament, the Shootout is almost a spiritual gathering. It has become a place for lacrosse “people” of all ages to come together and celebrate their sport in a tribal manner, much in the same way their Native American forefathers did.

With players competing in seven different divisions, the Vail Shootout has enough lacrosse to satiate any fan’s appetite. The Men’s Elite division is the headliner, taking place from July 2 – July 5 and coinciding with the Women’s Elite tournament. Preceding the Elite Divisions, Men’s Masters, Supermasters and Grandmasters kick off “8 Days at 8,000 Feet” on June 27. The Boys and Girls High School Divisions take the field on June 28.

This year, we are expecting Cody Jameison, and Stephen Keogh – two players from Syracuse’s NCAA championship team, not to mention a plethora of players from Cornell’s runner-up team on Team 21. There are projected players from the All-America teams of all four collegiate lacrosse divisions – I, II, III and the MCLA.

Visit the tournament website at www.vaillacrosse.com.

http://www.realvail.com/VailLacrosse/771/2009-Vail-Lacrosse-tournament-comes-to-the-Valley.html

Team USA Women’s Lacrosse Defeats World Champion Australia 10-9 In 2009 World Cup Round 4 Game


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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 .

 

BOX SCORE

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).

 

OTHER SCORES

Pool A

United States 10, Australia 9

England 20, Japan 3

 

Pool B

Wales 10, Scotland 6

Czech Republic 15, New Zealand 3

 

Pool C

Ireland 12, Haudenosaunee 6

Denmark 15, Korea 2

Netherlands 17, Austria 2

 

The U.S. women’s national teams program is coordinated by US Lacrosse, the national governing body of the sport. deBeer Lacrosse is the official exclusive equipment and apparel supplier to the U.S. women’s national teams program.

http://laxmagazine.com/blogs/lochary/061509_pragueblog

Team USA Women’s Lacrosse Defeats Japan 26-12 On Saturday To Set Up Match With World Champion Australia


Caroline Cryer scored five goals and added two assists Saturday in Team's USA's 26-12 victory over Japan in FIL Women's World Cup pool play. The U.S. returns to action Monday for a showdown with reigning world champion Australia.

Caroline Cryer scored five goals and added two assists Saturday in Team's USA's 26-12 victory over Japan in FIL Women's World Cup pool play. The U.S. returns to action Monday for a showdown with reigning world champion Australia.

The United States raced to a fast-paced win over Japan, besting its opponent 26-12 in the 2009 Federation of International Lacrosse Women’s World Cup today. The combined 38 points scored by both teams set a tournament record, outpacing the 36 points from Ireland’s 23-13 win over the Netherlands yesterday.

American attacker Lindsey Munday (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Northwestern ‘06) led all scorers with six goals and five assists, earning her Player of the Match honors. Attacker Caroline Cryer (Centennial, Colo./Duke ’09) also contributed five goals and two assists. Kristen Kjellman (Westwood, Mass./Northwestern ’07) and Sarah Albrecht (Braintree, Mass./Northwestern ’06) each contributed three goals and three assists. Sarah Bullard (Needham, Mass./Duke ’11) scored a pair of goals, and Acacia Walker (Sherwood Forest, Md./Maryland ’05), Erica LaGrow (Skaneateles, N.Y./North Carolina ’08), Whitney Douthett (Newtown, Pa./Dartmouth ‘07) and Katie Chrest (Hampstead, Md./Duke ’06) each scored a single goal. The entire team combined for 43 shots.

Munday got things started quickly for the U.S., scoring the first of her six goals just 1:38 into the first half on an assist from Katie Rowan (3g, 4a) (Delmar, N.Y./Syracuse ’09). The Americans never looked back after gaining the lead. Japan closed the gap to 9-4 at 10:52 in the first half after a two-goal run, but never came any closer to catching up with the Americans. Attacker Akiko Wada (4g, 1a) and midfielder Kana Uwai (1g, 5a) led Team Japan’s scoring.

U.S. goalie Megan Huether (Lutherville, Md./Duke ’06) got her first start of the tournament against the Japanese, and made six saves. Goalkeeper Devon Wills (Denver, Colo./Dartmouth ’06) came in during the second half and contributed two stops. Japan goalie Chiaki Nakashima made seven saves, and Maiko Iwata made two stops.

The fast-paced, high-scoring game stood in contrast to the Americans’ slow starts versus their last two opponents, England and Canada. The U.S. is now 3-0 and has a rest day before heading into Monday’s showdown at 5:30 a.m. EST (11:30 a.m. Prague time) versus Australia, the reigning world champions.

OTHER SCORES
Pool A
United States 26, Japan 12
Canada 10, England 9

Pool B
Scotland 22, New Zealand 0
Czech Republic vs. Germany, 11:30 a.m. EST

Pool C
Haudenosaunee 16, Denmark 2
Netherlands 24, Korea 1

The U.S. women’s national teams program is coordinated by US Lacrosse, the national governing body of the sport. deBeer Lacrosse is the official exclusive equipment and apparel supplier to the U.S. women’s national teams program. Learn more about the company by visiting its Web site at www.debeerlacrosse.com.

http://www.laxmagazine.com/international/uswomen/2008-09/news/062009_usa_japan