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“2013 FIL Women’s Lacrosse World Cup”: Team USA Women’s Lacrosse Captures Record Seventh World Title With 19-5 Win Over Canada On July 20
“2013 FIL Women’s Lacrosse World Cup”: Team USA Women’s Lacrosse Dominates Canada 13-2 To Earn Top Seed In Championship Bracket
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.
“2012 US Lacrosse Stars & Stripes” Event Features Team USA Women’s Lacrosse, Canada, England And Australia At Stanford University On Oct 3-7
International Lacrosse: “2012 Duel In Denver” Match Features Three Current Denver Men’s Lacrosse Players On Team Canada Including Cameron Flint, Wes Berg, And Jeremy Noble
“Duel In Denver” On Sept 8 Features Team USA Men’s Lacrosse Vs Team Canada In Rematch Of 2010 FIL World Lacrosse Championship Game
Team USA avenged each of those defeats – the first two for any U.S. U19 team since sanctioned U19 international competition began – in the medal rounds, downing the Iroquois in the semifinals, followed by a 10-8 win over Canada in front of a capacity crowd of 1,200 on Saturday.
“It was quite an effort,” Team USA coach Tim Flynn said. “We had a little phrase after the game, ‘From the outhouse to the penthouse.’ They became a family off the field. They learned how to play well together. They really put everything together in the last two games.”
Like it did in the semifinal win Thursday, the U.S. dominated the middle of the field in the championship, winning 17 of 22 faceoffs as a team. Charlie Raffa won 10 and Tyler Barbarich seven while attackman Matt Kavanagh, named tournament MVP after finishing the competition with 19 goals and 15 assists (4.85 points per game), scored two goals and had two assists in the final. The defense held Canada scoreless during the second quarter, in which the U.S. scored four times to go ahead 6-2 while winning 7 of 8 draws.
For more: http://www.laxmagazine.com/teamusa/u19men/2011-12/news/072112_us_u19_men_rebound_to_win_world_title
NCAA Lacrosse: Impact Of Western And Canadian Lacrosse Players Has Increased Number Of Men’s Teams Competing For National Championship
“…this post-Stanwick/Canadian box inspired two-man era, teams just don’t necessarily need a premier Rabil-like midfielder, or a Powell-like attackman to draw slides and generate offense. Now, it’s all picking, re-picking, screening and big-little games from behind…”
Obviously, the spread of lacrosse has made more quality players available for more teams. And it’s not just raw athletes still trying to learn the sport. Slick-sticked offensive studs like Baum, Loyola’s Mike Sawyer (Waxhaw, N.C.), Hopkins’ Lee Coppersmith (Boca Raton, Fla.), Virginia’s Rob Emery (San Francisco, Calif.), Cornell’s Roy Lang (Mill Valley, Calif.) and North Carolina’s Thomas Wood (Dallas), all made an impact this season. And coaches continued to outsource various offensive duties to Canadians with alarming regularity.
Not only is there more talent, particularly offensive talent, to go around for more programs. Offensive sets have become smarter and more efficient and not as reliant on unique kinds of players.
In the early parts of the century, scoring goals in the post-season meant having premier athletes who could always run by their guy. Because those types of players are rare and generally easily identifiable in high school, they usually end up playing for a couple programs with history or warm weather or both. That’s why the Tewaaraton winner was almost always an offensive stud who just led his team to the championship. Ned Crotty, Mike Leveille, Kyle Harrison, Mike Powell and Matt Ward all fit the mold.
So a team like Denver can put the rest of the country on notice with a heavy dose of box influenced pick-and-rolls. Or Maryland– who relied on those grinding two-man games that could make paint dry — reached the final despite not having much of a bonafide offensive star. Loyola won the title when its two best offensive players, Eric Lusby and Sawyer, were of the planted-feet, catch-and-shoot variety.
The media-friendly “parity” meme has been hashed and re-hashed. Usually there hasn’t been much to pin it on other than some early-season upsets or a rogue school making some playoff noise. Whether Loyola’s win was just be a right mix of lock-down defensive midfielders, veteran leadership, and some slingers on offense, or the ushering in of a new era remains to be seen.
But as the nation’s talent base grows and early recruiting makes it even harder to identify who the best kids are; and as offenses continue to find ways to score settled goals without “Rabil-esque” midfielders, winning will likely be even harder to contain to the upstate New York, ACC or Homewood sightlines.