Katie Schwarzmann (Century, Maryland), Kelly Berger (Hammond) and Ally Carey (John Carroll) scored two goals apiece as Team USA opened round-robin play in the Federation of International Lacrosse Women's World Cup with a 17-7 win over England in Oshawa, Ontario, on Thursday night.
Team USA, which led 13-2 at the half, got goals from 11 players; Carey was named Player of the Match. Megan Huether (Maryvale Prep) made two of Team USA's seven saves.
England scored first as Laura Merrifield (Maryland) finished a shot on the doorstep just 47 seconds into the contest. From there, the U.S. took over, scoring 11 straight goals over a 21:19 period in the first half.
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Merrifield finished with three goals for England.
Team USA will next face Wales at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
In FIL debut, Israel rallies to beat Germany
In its first-ever official FIL game, Israel scored 10 consecutive goals to rally past Germany, 15-6.
Tied at 3, Israel scored five straight goals to end the first half and another five to start the second.
Lauren Dykstra took the honor of scoring the program’s first official goal moments into the contest as Israel built an early 3-0 lead. Germany battled back with three straight goals before the big run.
Jenna Block (McDonogh) scored a hat trick for Israel, while Kim Dubansky (McDonogh, Johns Hopkins) added two goals.
Before the start of the tournament, Dubansky and Katie Mazer (Bryn Mawr) were named two of the team's three captains.
Local ties in MLL events
Several players with local ties will compete in the Major League Lacrosse Skills Competition at halftime of Saturday night's All-Star Game in Charlotte, N.C.
Two staples of the competition, the fastest shot and the freestyle contest, will both return, and for the first time there will be a long-distance accuracy competition.
The fastest-shot contest features two-time defending champion Kyle Hartzell (Salisbury) of the Ohio Machine, who will face challengers including the Chesapeake Bayhawks' Steven Brooks and the Denver Outlaws' Jeremy Sieverts (McDonogh, Maryland).
The freestyle competition, in which each competitor attempts to score a goal in the most entertaining way possible, pits the Hamilton Nationals' Brett Queener, the 2012 and 2009 champion, against 2010 champ Kevin Buchanan (Calvert Hall) of the Boston Cannons and New York Lizards rookie Rob Pannell, among others.
This will be the first year of the long-distance accuracy competition, in which the contestants will try to throw the ball into the goal from all the way across the field; Bayhawks goalie Kip Turner (Severn) will be among the challengers.
The game will begin at 7 p.m. and be televisd on ESPN2.
St Paul's edges Landon for Under Armour Shootout crown
St. Paul's scored two late goals to beat Landon, 9-7, in the final championship game at the Under Armour Shootout at UMBC Stadium on Wednesday.
In a back-and-forth affair, Mason Witzler put the Crusaders ahead with 2:45 left. Cornell recruit Mikey Wynne added an insurance goal with 31 seconds remaining. The four-day seeded tournament features a mix of club and high school teams.