The U.S. Women’s National Team leaned on its signature pressure defense to defeat Canada 13-2 in Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Cup pool play Tuesday. With the win, Team USA (4-0) earns the number one seed in the championship bracket, which begins play Wednesday.
Team USA scored the game’s first eight goals, three of which came from Katrina Dowd (Northwestern University) while forcing 16 first half turnovers and holding the previously unbeaten Canadian side (3-1) to just two shots in the first frame. Canada’s first goal came with just fifteen seconds remaining in the half on a feed from Megan Takacs to Brooke Eubanks. Despite losing the draw control battle 11-6, the U.S. was able to pick up 20 ground balls to Canada’s 10 and capitalize off of 26 Canada turnovers. The U.S. defense also limited Canada to just five successful clears on 13 attempts.