June 19, 2009
PRAGUE, Czech Republic - At the World Cup opener on Thursday, it was Loyola Head Coach Jen Adams and her Australian teammates who got the better of their Canadian counterparts in a game that featured a trio of Loyola women's lacrosse coaches in action and one former program alumnae.
Adams scored a game-high 11 points on four goals and seven assists while Stacey Morlang , a 2002 graduate of Loyola, added a game-high five goals and two assists to pace defending-champions Australia to a 16-11 victory over Team Canada , which featured a pair of Adams' assistants in Kylee White and Dana Dobbie.
After Team Canada took a 3-2 lead with 21:24 remaining in the first half, Australia responded with eight unanswered goals to take a commanding 10-3 advantage.
In the second half though, Canada came out refocused and revitalized, running off a spurt of five straight goals, with two coming from the stick of Dobbie, both on great second-efforts.
Australia now meets its next opponent, Japan, at 11:30 on Friday, while Canada will take on the United States on Friday at 8:30 a.m. EST. The American squad is coached by another Loyola alum, Sue Heether '90. They defeated England, 17-8, in the opening round.
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