HANNOVER, Germany, Aug. 12, 2011 — The U.S. Under-19 women’s national team will play for the gold medal Saturday at the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) U19 Women’s World Championship, thanks to a 19-5 defeat of England in Friday’s semifinals. The Americans, 7-0 at the FIL event, will play Australia, a 14-10 winner over Canada in the other semifinal, at 3:30 p.m. local time in Germany (9:30 a.m. Eastern time).
The U.S. has won the last three FIL U19 world championships after finishing second to the Australians in the inaugural event in 1995. Saturday’s final will mark the fifth consecutive meeting between the rivals in this event’s gold medal game. The Americans beat Australia in round-robin play, 20-7.
"It’s definitely surreal to know we’re heading to the championship," Team USA goalie Kelsey Duryea (Beverly, Mass./Governor’s Academy ’12) told Lacrosse Magazine’s Clare Lochary. "We’ve been waiting for this moment for a year now. You get chills talking about it. And we’re ready."
Duryea won the Player of the Match award against England, making three saves and allowing just two goals. The Americans jumped out to a 9-0 lead and cruised past the English for a second time, thanks in part to five goals from Cortney Fortunato (Northport, N.Y./Northport ’13). The U.S. defeated England in round-robin play, 16-5.
Lacrosse Magazine, the flagship publication of US Lacrosse, will provide live coverage of the championship game Saturday via a Cover-It-Live blog on its website, www.laxmagazine.com.
Below are Team USA’s game-by-game results, cumulative scoring leaders and all-time scores vs. Australia in the FIL U19 gold medal game:
Aug. 4: USA 19, Japan 5
Aug. 5: USA 13, Canada 6
Aug. 6: USA 15, Haudenosaunee 3
Aug. 7: USA 16, England 5
Aug. 9: USA 20, Australia 7
Aug. 10: USA 13, Scotland 1 (quarterfinal)
Aug. 12: USA 19, England 5 (semifinal)
Cortney Fortunato: 22 goals, 8 assists, 30 points
Erin McMunn (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill ‘11/Princeton): 13g, 11a, 24p
Jen Cook (Towson, Md./McDonogh ‘11/Maryland): 10g, 6a, 16p
Kayla Treanor (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna ’12): 13g, 3a, 16p
Covie Stanwick (Baltimore, Md./Notre Dame Prep ‘11/Boston College): 5g, 11a, 16p
1995: Australia 5, USA 4 (Haverford, Pa.)
1999: USA 15, Australia 8 (Perth, Australia)
2003: USA 21, Australia 8 (Towson, Md.)
2007: USA 18, Australia 3 (Peterborough, Ontario, Canada)
For additional information about Team USA at the FIL U19 Women’s World Championship, please visit http://www.laxmagazine.com/teamusa/u19women/2010-11/news/hannover.
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