The last time Team USA and Team Canada met, it took the Americans just 52 seconds to score their first goal en route to an easy victory. When the two North American teams met again at the 2011 FIL U19 Women’s World Championship, the Americans needed more than six minutes to get on the scoreboard, but the result was eventually the same.
Team USA defeated the Canadians, 13-6, bringing its tournament record to 2-0 overall. Erin McMunn led the Americans with three goals, while Jen Cook added two goals and three assists. Kayla Treanor (2g) was named Player of the Game.
“We played Canada back in May at the US Lacrosse Women’s Division National Tournament, and obviously everybody’s had a lot of time to practice and come together as a team,” U.S. head coach Krystin Porcella said. “They were doing a great job of directing the draw to themselves, which gave them a little momentum. When we started draw to ourselves a bit more, that helped us control the midfield, which controls the game.”
The game started slowly, a rarity in what has been a high-scoring tournament. It took 6:09, a handful of wide shots and another that went off a pipe, before Cook found Taylor Trimble (1g) on the crease and hit her with a pass from behind the cage to score the first goal of the game. The game was scoreless for the next 3:12, when Cook charged up the middle and made a generous pass to McMunn, who added a second goal for the U.S at 10:21.
Canada responded at 11:13, when Casey Lyons cut across the crease and finally beat American goalie Kelsey Duryea (8 saves). The two teams traded then goals to put the score at 3-2 at 13:18, the closest margin of the day, before the U.S. went on a decisive four-goal run. At halftime, the score was 7-3.
“Like our goalie coach says, just change your angle,” Treanor said. “After we started doing that, we were making our shots.”