Kasey Choma and Sophia DiCenso on the field prior to the U.S. team's opening game against Australia.


PETERBOROUGH, Ontario — Caitlyn Wurzburger scored two of the game’s first three goals and later added four assists to lead the United States past Australia, 12-4, in both team’s opening pool play game at the 2019 World Lacrosse Women’s U19 World Championship.

“I think we did some really nice things,” said U.S. head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller. “The defense put a lot of pressure on Australia and obviously we did pretty well on the draw controls.”

The U.S. had a 16-4 advantage on draw controls with Maddie Jenner taking the draws. Jenner won seven herself and had a lot of help from Bri Gross on the circle. Gross won five draw controls and also had a caused turnover to earn Player of the Match honors.

The U.S. jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead, but then sputtered a bit on offense.

“Offensively, I think we were a little tight with our shots and finishing and with some of our passes,” said Amonte Hiller. “But I think that’s natural for the first day out.”

The U.S. stretched its first half lead to 7-2 and threatened to go up 8-2, but a goal was disallowed for an illegal pocket and Australia cut the lead to 7-3 at the half on a goal by Madison Copeland with under two minutes in the half.

The U.S. quickly ended the momentum with a dominant third quarter. Wurzburger assisted on three of the four U.S. goals in the quarter and Rachel Hall made two of her seven saves to blank the Aussies in the quarter.

Hall finished with seven saves while allowing just three goals in 45 minutes of action and Madison Doucette made four saves while allowing just one goal in the final quarter.

Wurzburger’s six points led the U.S. while Megan Carney had a hat trick, Izzy Scane contributed a goal and three assists and Belle Smith scored twice.

Copeland led Australia with three goals.

The U.S. continues pool play on Saturday night against England. The game will be streamed live on Lax Sports Network at 8 p.m.