July 19, 2013
USLacrosse.org -- Team USA Coverage
OSHAWA, Canada -- With three former Northwestern standouts leading the charge, the United States Women's Senior National Team has advanced to the gold medal game of the 2013 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Cup in Oshawa, Canada. Team USA, which has reached the championship game in all nine World Cup tournaments to date, is set to square off with Team Canada with the world title on the line at 2 p.m. CT Saturday (July 20).
Fans can watch the game online via a free live stream courtesy of U.S. Lacrosse.
Northwestern alums Lindsey Munday (2006), Sarah Albrecht (2006) and Katrina Dowd (2010) each have made significant contributions to the U.S.' dominant run through pool play and the knockout stages of the tournament. In six games, the Americans have outscored their opposition by a combined score of 108-30, including a 21-8 win over England in Friday's first semifinal. The U.S. on Saturday will vie for the gold medal against a Canadian squad it defeated 13-2 in pool play on July 16.
Munday, the captain of Team USA, earned Player of the Match honors against Australia back on July 14 thanks to her one-goal, four-assist performance. She then spearheaded Team USA's semifinal win over England with four goals and two helpers. In the process, Munday and teammate Katie Rowan each broke the U.S. Lacrosse record for career assists previously held by Kelly Amonte Hiller
Dowd, meanwhile, enters the gold medal game just one goal shy of breaking the Team USA record for most goals scored in a World Cup tournament, having racked up 23 in six games. (Dowd also owns the record for total goals scored in an NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship, set in 2009 when she tallied 22.) The Yorktown Heights, N.Y., native led Team USA's offensive outburst against Wales when she collected four goals and three assists en route to Player of the Match honors.
Albrecht got off to a strong start in the tournament with two goals in the opener and has remained a key starter in the U.S. midfield.
All three are coaching at the Division I level in NCAA women's lacrosse: Munday and Albrecht as head coaches at USC and New Hampshire, respectively, and Dowd as an assistant at North Carolina.
Another member of Amonte Hiller's coaching tree, former NU assistant coach and current Ohio State head coach Alexis Venechanos, also will be in action Saturday as head coach of Team Canada. Former Northwestern Tewaaraton Award winner Hannah Nielsen also represented NU in the World Cup, competing for her native Australia before the team was eliminated by Canada in Friday's semifinals.
Team USA Outcomes
USA 17, England 7
USA 19, Wales, 2
USA 18, Australia 9
USA 13, Canada 2
USA 20, Haudenosaunee 2
USA 21, England 8
Gold Medal Game:
USA vs. Canada (Saturday, July 20, 2 p.m. CT)
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