July 21, 2013
USLacrosse.org -- Team USA Coverage
OSHAWA, Canada -- The United States Women's Lacrosse National Team capped off a dominant run to a gold medal at the 2013 FIL World Cup in Oshawa, Canada, Saturday, cruising past the host Canadians in the championship game, 19-5. All three former Northwestern standouts on the U.S. roster -- Sarah Albrecht (2006), Katrina Dowd (2010) and U.S. captain Lindsey Munday (2006) -- earned a place on the 2013 World Cup All-World team.
Joining Albrecht, Dowd and Munday on the All-World team was NU's fourth and final on-field representative at the World Cup, 2009 alum and two-time Tewaaraton Award winner Hannah Nielsen. Nielsen's Australia squad reached the World Cup semifinals before falling to Canada.
The Americans have now won seven of nine World Cups since the event debuted in 1982.
"It was pretty emotional after the game - a lot of us were breaking down and finally letting it get the best of us, but it was special," Munday said. "It was so fun to be a part of [Team USA] and to finally come out on top was the culmination of four years of hard work."
The Northwestern trio combined for 10 points in Saturday's championship game win, continuing a tournament-long trend in which Dowd, Munday and Albrecht provided plenty of firepower to the Team USA attack. With three goals against Canada, Dowd surpassed the previous U.S. record for most goals in a World Cup tournament and finished with 26, also coming within one point of Munday's scoring record of 37 points set in 2009. It was Dowd's first appearance in a World Cup as a member of Team USA.
"We were just clicking," said Dowd, who also owns the NCAA record for most goals in an NCAA Tournament (22, 2009). "[Katie Rowan and I] play well together, but it's a team game. We probably have the fastest middies in the world, and we just feed off the environment. It doesn't matter who's putting the ball in the back of the net as long as USA is putting points on the board."
In seven games, the Americans outscored their opposition by a combined tally of 127-35, setting tournament and program records for goals (127), goals per game (18.0) and average margin of victory (13.2).
All three former Wildcats who starred for Team USA are currently 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 Kelly Amonte Hiller's coaching tree, former NU assistant coach and current Ohio State head coach Alexis Venechanos, helped Team Canada become the first team other than the U.S., Australia or England to reach a World Cup final in the event's history.
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 19, Canada 5
Information from a U.S. Lacrosse press release was used in this story.
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