June 22, 2009
PRAGUE, Czech Republic - At the marquee event thus far at the 2009 FIL Women's World Cup, Team USA rallied for a 10-9 come-from-behind win over Australia on Monday in a contest which featured two players and one coach with Loyola College connections.
USA Head Coach Sue Heether, a 1990 Loyola graduate, saw her team trail 5-0 early in the first half and 9-4 at intermission. But the Americans stormed back in the second period, shutting down a powerful Australian attack led by Loyola Head Coach Jen Adams and Stacey Morlang, a 2002 Loyola product.
The game-winner with 4:21 remaining capped a 6-0 second half for the Americans and gave the team its third straight comeback. They also faced early deficits on their way to sizeable victories over Canada and England
"They're a young team. They needed to keep their composure, and they did. We needed to play a smart game, and we did," told Heether to Lacrosse Magazine's Clare Lochary after the game.
Adams, with two goals on four shots, and Morlang, with three goals and an assist, both had standout performances for defending champions Australia in the losing effort.
A pair of Adam's assistants, Dana Dobbie and Kylee White, continue their stellar play for Team Canada. The duo lifted the Canadians to a 23-12 victory over Japan on Sunday. Dobbie scored a game-high six goals to go along with an assist. She has now scored 11 goals and two assists through just four games, while White has played in all four games, scooping four groundballs and earning two draw controls.
Team USA advances to the quarterfinals Wednesday at 4 p.m. Prague time against the winner of a play-in match between Ireland and the Czech Republic. Australia, meanwhile, will now meet Scotland on Wednesday at 11:45 a.m. Prague time. Canada faces Wales on Wednesday at 9 a.m. Prague time.
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