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“2013 FIL Women’s Lacrosse World Cup”: Team USA Women’s Lacrosse Defeats Australia 18-9 To Improve To 3-0 In Pool Play; Team Canada Up Next
“2012 US Lacrosse Stars & Stripes” Event Features Team USA Women’s Lacrosse, Canada, England And Australia At Stanford University On Oct 3-7
Team USA Women’s U-19 Lacrosse Defeats Australia 14-11 On Aug 13 To Win 2011 FIL U-19 Women’s World Lacrosse Championship
Team USA Women’s U-19 Lacrosse defeated Australia 14-11 to capture the 2011 FIL U-19 Women’s World Lacrosse Championship in Hannover, Germany.
Covie Stanwick (Notre Dame Prep) and Cortney Fortunato each scored twice and Jen Cook (McDonogh) added a free-position shot with about 10 minutes left to polish off the five-goal run and give the U.S. a 12-8 lead.
Stanwick and Fortunato finished with three goals each and goalie Kelsey Duryea made some terrific saves in leading the U.S. to its fourth straight win over Australia in the title game. The U.S. (8-0) has lost only one game in the five U-19 world championship tournaments — to Australia in the final at the inaugural event in 1995 in Haverford, Pa.
Team USA Women’s U-19 Lacrosse Defeats Australia 20-7 In 5th Round Of 2011 FIL U-19 Women’s World Lacrosse Championships; Advances As #1 Seed Into Medal Round
In its fifth and final game of the round robin stage, the U.S. raced to a 20-7 victory over Australia at the 2011 FIL Under-19 Women’s World Championship, securing the No. 1 seed for the medal round. Attacker Cortney Fortunato led all scorers with five goals.
Madison Acton won Player of the Game honors, thanks to her three goals, two assists and solid transition play.
Playing against one of the toughest opponents in the field, and a traditional rival, the U.S. racked up its most goals in a single game for the tournament. Defensively, the Americans held the Australians to their lowest total of these World Games.
The game was played in an unseasonable downpour, but there was no dampening of Team USA’s spirits.
“It was a great display of lacrosse. We knew Australia was going to be very good and athletic, and they have a great coaching staff with Trish and Jen Adams,” said head coach Krystin Porcella. “Offensively, we were working our lanes to goal, and defensively, we were trying to encourage our players not to let that easy pass behind to disrupt what they wanted to do.”
International Lacrosse: The Australian Lacrosse Association (ALA) Men’s And Women’s National Championships Take Place July 10-16 In Adelaide
Lacrosse’s history is rooted in native American culture. The game was once a preparation for war, but the baked clay and stone balls of old have been replaced by rubber balls (to the relief of players). The game was established in Australia in 1875.
Murray Keen has been involved in lacrosse in Australia for more than 20 years, and is now co-coach of the Victorian men’s team. He says that while lacrosse is still a niche sport in Australia, the talent pool is deep. ‘‘We had about 6000 participants last year which is nothing compared to the US and Canada, but we are still competitive against those teams,’’ he says.
‘‘What it comes down to is that we have some great athletes with great attitudes here.’’
The Victorian men’s team is this week aiming for its fifth national title in a row at the Australian Lacrosse Association Men’s and Women’s National Championships in Adelaide.
Lacrosse Teams That “Changed The Game”: A 1959 College Lacrosse Team From Virginia Travelled To Australia In A “Free-For-All” Eleven Game Tour That Established International Lacrosse Competition (Sports Illustrated August 24, 1959)
And the last game of the tour, which found the Americans (who had won eight out of 10) facing the Australian All-Stars in Melbourne, supplied the topper. An almost unheard-of lacrosse crowd of 10,000 saw the Aussies stagger away with a hard-fought 8-to-5 victory.
No athletes are more zealously dedicated to their game than lacrosse players. When Gene Corrigan, who coaches lacrosse at the University of Virginia, heard that the sport is entrenched in Australia, it seemed only natural to gather a group of American players and, in a mixed spirit of missionary zeal and competitiveness, offer to send them 10,000 miles to demonstrate how lacrosse is supposed to be played. Love to have you, said the Aussies, and last month two dozen eager young Americans from the University of Virginia and Washington & Lee reached Australia for a barnstorming tour. There were surprises all around.
The Australians got Surprise No. 1 as they watched the Americans jog onto the field at Perth. Protected only by padded cloth caps and wrist-length gloves themselves, the Aussies wondered why their guests were wearing fiber-glass helmets, face guards, forearm-length gloves, shoulder and body padding. “Are they going to box or play lacrosse?” asked one baffled official. He got his answer when the Americans went into action, swinging their sticks with carefree abandon and, in classic North American fashion, throwing their opponents almost as often as the ball.
Surprise No. 2 came to the Americans in Adelaide. Word of the North American style of play had spread, and Adelaide‘s lacrosse teams eagerly decided to adopt it themselves. They flailed away with their sticks, alternating this tactic with a little inventive kicking and tripping not strictly called for, even by the North American style. The Americans retaliated, and the Aussies in their less protective costumes began falling on all sides. Though the Aussies clearly lost the free-for-all (seven of them checked in at the hospital), they did persist long enough to win the game. They beat the Yanks in the next game too, and narrowly lost a third.
The crowd response to the games provided Surprise No. 3. Some 4,000 fans attended the series in Perth, while crowds of 3,000 and 4,000 watched the two rugged Australian victories in Adelaide. And the last game of the tour, which found the Americans (who had won eight out of 10) facing the Australian All-Stars in Melbourne, supplied the topper. An almost unheard-of lacrosse crowd of 10,000 saw the Aussies stagger away with a hard-fought 8-to-5 victory.
All in all, Corrigan and his colleagues felt that the trip was an unqualified success. They had developed great respect for the Aussies’ dogged-ness on the playing field, and had learned something of the crying need for agreed international rules. So enthusiastic are they that plans are already being made for another such go-round within the next couple of years. Here, it seems to us, is a good chance for somebody to come forward with an international lacrosse trophy. Nobody had ever heard much of international tennis, either, until Dwight Davis put up his big silver cup.