Team USA Routs Canada at US Lacrosse National Tournament
Danielle Etrasco led all scorers with four goals and two assists in Team USA's 19-5 win over Canada in an exhibition game at the US Lacrosse Women's National Tournament.
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BETHLEHEM, Pa. – During the day, 1,200 high school girls took another step towards their dream of playing collegiate lacrosse, and in the evening many of them were on hand to see a group of players dreaming even bigger.
The 80th anniversary of the US Lacrosse Women’s National Tournament, presented by Harrow Sports and the HLA Foundation, opened on Saturday at Lehigh University and scores of college coaches flocked to the games to evaluate players from more than 30 states. The evening was capped off by an exhibition game between Team USA and Team Canada as the two teams prepare for this summer’s Federation of International Lacrosse World Cup, which takes place in July in Oshawa, Ontario.
In the exhibition, the U.S. team jumped out quickly on Canada and never let up in a 19-5 victory before a packed house at the Ulrich Sports Complex.
Sarah Bullard scored the first of her three goals just 37 seconds into the contest, and after Canada’s Crysti Foote scored to cut a U.S. lead to 2-1, Taylor D’Amore scored three straight goals for the U.S. to ignite an eight-goal run. D’Amore, who just finished her junior year at Johns Hopkins, finished the night with four goals and an assist. She was one of several alternates on the U.S. team that stepped up with big games. Brittany Dashiell had three goals and Laura Zimmerman had a pair of assists.
“I think it says a lot about our program, and a lot about them as individuals,” said U.S. team coach Ricky Fried. “They’re not focusing on ‘I may be an alternate.’ They didn’t focus on that. They just focused on playing tonight.”
Danielle Etrasco, who just finished up her career at Boston University, led all scorers in the game with four goals and two assists, and the U.S. goaltending trio of Devon Wills, Liz Hogan and Megan Huether was solid, combining to make seven saves.
“It’s our first step towards the World Cup,” said Fried. “I think the biggest thing we realized is that we need to remain focused the whole time. I thought Canada changed some things up on the defensive end and I thought we got a little bit sloppy with our shooting.”
Katie Donohoe, a sophomore at Monmouth, came off the bench for Canada with her team trailing 9-1 in the first half and proceeded to make 12 saves in roughly 30 minutes of action. Dana Dobbie was the only Canadian with multiple points, scoring a goal while adding an assist.
Earlier in the day, a record 66 teams took part in the Schoolgirls’ Division of the tournament and four more teams played in the Seniors’ Only Division. Pool play continues in five of the seven flights of the Schoolgirls Division on Sunday morning, but the Cayuga and Iroquois flights have moved onto bracket play.
In the Cayuga bracket, Central Pennsylvania went a perfect 3-0 to win its pool and Western New York/Greater Rochester 2 went 2-0-1 to win its pool. They’ll both play in the semifinals on Sunday morning.
In the Iroquois bracket, Colorado 2 and Georgia 2 both went unbeaten at 3-0 to win their respective pools and move onto Sunday’s semifinals.
In the Onondaga flight, the top flight, DC Metro 1 went 3-0 to guarantee itself a trip to tomorrow’s semifinals. Long Island Metro also went unbeaten (2-0-1) to lead its pool after the first day.