U.S. beats England, will face Canada in final of women's World Cup
The U.S. women's national team advanced to its ninth Federation of International Lacrosse World Cup final with a 21-8 semifinal victory over England on Friday in Oshawa, Ontario. Former UMBC coach Kelly Berger (Hammond) scored two goals for the Americans. The United States will seek a record seventh gold medal in today's 3p.m. final against Canada, which defeated Australia, 11-7. The Americans beat Canada, 13-2, in pool play Tuesday, limiting the host team to six shots and forcing 14 of its 26 turnovers. The U.S. team is 9-0 all time against Canada in World Cup play.
Varsity: Several high school players with local ties are among the nearly 200 selected by US Lacrosse to compete in the Champion All-American Showcase. The boys and girls tournaments will be held Sunday to Friday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., as part of the Champion ESPN Games. The girls showcase, with 80 players from 27 states, features a four-team round robin. Teams will compete in three pool-play games before the championship and consolation games Tuesday. The championship game will be shown live at 1 p.m. on ESPN3. The boys event, with 90 players representing 30states, also features a four-team round-robin format. Friday's championship game at 7 p.m. will air live on ESPNU. Among the girls players competing will be incoming Florida midfielder Mollie Stevens, a Queen Anne's County High graduate playing for Team Freedom; rising senior midfielder Shelby Scanlin, a Maryland recruit from Cardinal Gibbons High in Raleigh, N.C., who will play for Team Liberty; incoming Virginia Tech goalie Meagh Graham of Good Counsel, who also will compete for Team Liberty; rising senior midfielder Shannon Fitzgerald of Newton North High in Newton, Mass., a Johns Hopkins recruit who will compete for Team Spirit; and incoming Washington College attacker Allison Dudley of Francis Scott Key High, who also will play for Team Spirit. Among the boys players competing for Team Freedom are a pair of incoming Johns Hopkins attackmen — Jack Grass of Bronxville (N.Y.) High and John Crawley of Paul D. Schreiber High in Port Washington, N.Y.; incoming UMBC midfielder Max Maxwell of Hamburg (N.Y.) High; and incoming Stevenson midfielder Eben Wilde of Gould Academy in Bethel, Maine. Playing for Team Liberty are a pair of incoming Loyola midfielders — Nick Desisto of Rivers School in Winter Street, Mass., and Graham Savio of Greenwich (Conn.) High. Another incoming Loyola player, defenseman Nathan Gorman of St. Augustine Prep in Richland, N.J., will compete for Team Pride. Playing for Team Spirit are incoming Mount St. Mary's midfielder Bo Belmer of Waukesha (Wis.) West High, incoming Towson attackman-midfielder Matt Leonard of Winston Churchill High in Potomac; incoming Johns Hopkins goalie Ryan Feit of Syosset (N.Y.) High; and incoming McDaniel goalie Gerrit Molloy of Walter Johnson High in Bethesda.