June 29, 2009
PRAGUE, Czech Republic - A notable three players with Loyola College connections-Head Coach Jen Adams, alum Stacey Morlang' 02 and Assistant Coach Dana Dobbie-were named to the 2009 FIL All-World team over the weekend as the women's lacrosse World Cup officially drew to a conclusion Saturday.
In the gold medal finale, Team USA defeated defending champions Australia, 8-7, in front of 4,000 fans at Synot Tip Arena. Tied 3-3 at halftime, the Americans came out firing in the second half with five unanswered goals before staving off a furious Australian rally late in a rematch of the 2005 final.
Adams paced Australia with one goal and two assists, and led the tournament with 27 assists and 42 points. It is her third straight All-World recognition.
Morlang, a former Loyola standout and 2002 graduate, tallied 13 goals and eight assists to go along with a team-high 32 draw controls and 10 groundballs.
"It's a certain belief that Australians have in themselves that we're not down until the end. Maybe the U.S. is the same way," said Morlang, an Australian team captain.
In continuation of Loyola's conspicuous presence at the World Cup, Sue Heether, a former 1990 College graduate, coached the United States to the gold medal victory over Australia. The international rivals have now met in the championship games six times since the World Cup's 1982 inception.
"The best part of this team is that they know for a fact -- not believe, know for a fact -- that they are the best team in the world," said Heether to Lacrosse Magazine's Clare Lochary.
Representing Canada, Dobbie scored two goals in her team's 14-9 third-place victory over England, giving the Canadians just their second bronze medal in their 27-year history. She finished the tournament with a team-high 18 goals and three assists, while also winning 48 draw controls.
Kylee White, another assistant under Adams, scooped seven groundballs, won four draws controls and won three caused turnovers in her team's seven games.
In Thursday's semifinal matches, Australia edged Canada, 12-10, while USA trounced England, 20-3, in the other.