Australia dominates U.S. team in Cup final, 14-7

Ex-Maryland star Adams leads way for winners as Americans' run ends at 4

Women's Lacrosse

July 03, 2005|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Winning the women's lacrosse World Cup at home continues to be an impossible task.

Australia played too well end-to-end and seemed a step ahead of the United States all game in taking a 14-7 victory for the championship of the International Federation of Women's Lacrosse Associations World Cup yesterday before about 6,000 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

The loss, by the largest-ever margin for the United States, was only its sixth in World Cup history. All of those defeats have come at the hands of Australia, which now leads the series, 6-5-1.

The United States has won five of the seven Cups, including the previous four. Australia has won both of those held in the United States.

Yesterday, the U.S. team took an early 2-1 lead, but Australia answered with an 8-1 run powered by four goals from Jen Adams and two of her three assists. During the same 27-minute stretch, Player of the Match Suzanne McSolvin, the Aussies' goalie, made three of her eight saves.

"Momentum was key for us. We didn't want to stop going to goal," Adams said. "We wanted to keep getting it down there, getting them on their heels and keeping their heads on a swivel. Every player stepped into their position and did a great job of making them earn the ball back on defense and earn goals on attack."

Unforced errors continued to hamper the U.S. team, which turned the ball over 14 times while Australia had just four turnovers.

The Americans weren't efficient on attack, either, hitting just seven of 29 shots. But some of that was due to McSolvin and the tough Australian defense, especially from Michelle Lincoln, as well as Kate McHarg on Cherie Greer (one goal) and Alicia Moodie on Crista Samaras (one assist).

"We just didn't have the effort there. We just weren't together," said U.S. coach Sue Stahl. "No matter what we tried to do, we made mistakes. We'd try something else and that would go wrong. ... The opportunities were there, but you have to execute. Give Australia credit. They're good. They won."

Australia, which tied the United States, 7-7, in pool play, started making its breaks when Adams scored back-to-back goals to give her team the lead for good at 4-2 with 15:27 to go in the first half. The Aussies got a boost from winning six of the first seven draws.

Adams, a former three-time Player of the Year at Maryland, led this World Cup in points with 21 goals and 26 assists. Her assists total was an all-time record for a Cup.

"She's a force on the field," said U.S. midfielder Kelly Amonte Hiller. "She's a playmaker and I think they really look to her to start things. Everyone else on the field stepped up as well, though. They had a good team effort."

In the second half, the Aussies weathered five minutes of playing a player down after Stacey Morlang picked up her second yellow card of the match. Kate Kaiser scored a quick goal to pull the United States within 9-4, but the Aussies won the next draw and held on until Sarah Forbes pushed their lead to 10-4 just as the 12th player stepped back onto the field.

Amonte Hiller, Quinn Carney, Jess Wilk and Joanne Connelly were named to the All-World team, along with Adams, Forbes, Morlang and Sonia Judd of Australia, Laura Warren of Wales, Alex Harle of England, Jen Johnson of Canada and Akiko Wada of Japan.

United States 3 4 - 7 Australia 7 7 - 14

Goals: U.S.-Carney 2, Kaiser 2, Aumiller, Greer, Nelson; A-Adams 4, Forbes 3, Lincoln 2, McHarg 2, Nielsen, Falcione, Magor. Assists: U.S.-Carney, Samaras; A-Adams 3, Forbes 3, Lincoln, Mollison, Newmarch. Saves: U.S.-Wilk 3, Lindsey 4; A-McSolvin 8.

Women's World Cup

At Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium

Yesterday's results

Gold medal

Australia 14, United States 7

Bronze medal England 11, Canada 8

Fifth place Japan 12, Wales 8

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