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Canadians Earn Silver, Australians Bronze At World Cup
Day 10: Saturday, July 20
All seven players associated with the Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse program were medalists at the 2013 Federation of International Lacrosse World Cup in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. Current assistant coach Dana Dobbie and former assistant coach Kylie White earned a silver medal with Canada, the tournament's host country, while head coach Jen Adams, rising senior All-American Marlee Paton, Cassandra Cursaro '13, Stacey Morlang '03 and Kristen Stone '08 were all members of the bronze medalist Australian team.
In addition, Dobbie and Morlang were named to the 12-member All-World Team, while Adams received the team's Unsung Hero award. The honor is a third for Morlang, a midfielder, and the first for Dobbie, an attacker.
"The heart of lacrosse is not what you do, it is the inner passion that binds minds to spirits. Jen's journey for the Australian campaign has been one that saw her dealt a personal setback with devastating results. The courage and strength she has shown has not only inspired Australia as a team, but has shown what team really is. Jen is a true woman of wisdom and has an incredible sense of team." - Team Australia
The Australians, medalists at all nine World Cup championships, beat Team England in the bronze medal game, 12-6. Paton, finishing the game with three goals, earned Player of the Match honors for the second time in the tournament.
Canada had their best-ever showing in the tournament, playing in the gold medal game for the first time in World Cup history. The Canadians topped the Australians twice throughout the two weeks, but fell just short of the gold medal, falling to the United States 19-5 in the final game.
Day 9: Friday, July 19
Photo Gallery (courtesy of Risley Sports Photography)
Dana Dobbie scored four times to lead the Canadians to an 11-7 victory over Australia in the quarterfinals of the World Cup. With the win, Canada will make its first-ever appearance in the gold medal game. The Canadians, playing in front of their home fans for the first time in a World Cup, have finished in the top four throughout all but one World Cup, and have earned two bronze medals (1982 and 2009). They will challenge the United States for the gold medal on Friday at 3 p.m.
The Australians, a medalist in all eight World Cups, are looking to extend that streak as they will face England in the bronze medal game on Friday at 12:30 p.m. Australia earned a gold medal in 1986 and 2005, and were runners up in 1982, 1997, 2001 and 2009. Three Greyhounds contributed goals for the Australians today, one each from Cassandra Cursaro, Marlee Paton and Stacey Sullivan.
Day 8: Thursday, July 18
Dominating wins for both Australia and Canada in the quarterfinal round have pitted them together in Friday's semifinals. The Canadians earned a convincing 17-5 win over Israel, while the Australians knocked off Scotland, 26-2. Read Inside Lacrosse's recap of the quarterfinals here.
With the wins, Canada and Australia will play on Friday (2 p.m.) for the chance to play for the gold medal on Saturday.
Day 7: Wednesday, July 17
Canada and Australia both earned a first-round bye in Championships play with a top-four seed. The Canadians will be the No. 2 seed and will play No. 10 Israel, which knocked off No. 7 New Zealand, 12-9, at 5:30 p.m. The Australians will then face No. 11 Scotland at 7 p.m. The Scottish scored three-straight goals, including the game-winner with just 3.9 seconds left in regulation, to upset No. 6 Japan, 13-12.
Day 6: Tuesday, July 16
Today's games marked the end of pool play. Stacey Morlang became the third Greyhound to earn Player of the Match honors after Australia's 11-6 win over England. Morlang led three Greyhounds in scoring with three goals and one assist, while Marlee Paton had three goals and two assists and Cassandra Cursaro had one goal.
The United States remained undefeated in the tournament by handing Canada its first loss, 13-2.
Day 5: Monday, July 15
Both Canada and Australia have a day off before heading into the final day of pool play. Following pool play, all teams will be seeded into a Championship Bracket of 12 teams. Australia and Canada have both secured a spot in the bracket, along with the England, the United States and Wales, by playing in Pool A. The top two teams in Pools B, C and D, and the next highest ranked team, will round out the 12 teams vying for the gold, silver and bronze medals.
Single-elimination championship play will begin on Wednesday, July 17, with the medalists being determined on Saturday, July 20.
Pool A standings heading into the final day of pool play are as follows:
Watch a live web stream of the final pool play games here.
Day 4: Sunday, July 14
Canada remained undefeated in pool play and will take a day off before facing the United States on Tuesday, which is also undefeated in pool play.
Australia fell to 1-2 in pool play with a loss to the USA, the reigning World Cup Champions. Check out Lacrosse Magazine's recap of the game.
The Aussies will also take a day off before concluding pool play with a game against England on Tuesday. Australia will play at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Canada vs. USA game at 8 p.m.
Day 3: Saturday, July 13
Dana Dobbie was named the Player of the Match after helping Canada remain undefeated (2-0) in pool play with an 11-6 win over England on Saturday. Dobbie was one of eight Canadians to score, contributing one goal and two assists. Read Lacrosse Magazine's recap here.
Day 2: Friday, July 12
The Canadians scored with 10 seconds remaining to secure a 12-11 win over Australia on the second day of pool play at the World Cup. The goal capped off a 4-1 run by the home team to close out the game.
Dana Dobbie had one goal, three draw controls, three ground balls and two caused turnovers to help Team Canada, while Stacey Morlang led Australia with four goals. Marlee Paton tacked on two assists for the Australians.
Morlang gave the Aussies a 1-0 lead, but Canada had an answer for each of Australia's first three goals, keeping the score knotting at 3-3. The Red and White took their first lead at 4-3, but the Greyhounds teamed up to spark a three-goal run with Paton assisted Morlang, allowing the Australians to pull ahead 6-4.
The squads traded goals after that, with Canada netting their last of the half with 24 second remaining, cutting their deficit to one, 7-6, at halftime.
Both teams again traded goals throughout the second half, before back-to-back scores from Canada tied the game for the fourth time, at 10-10-, and for the first time since 4-4. A third-straight Canadian goal gave the home team their second lead of the game with 6:25 to play.
Australia tied it at 11 with 4:36 to go, but Crysti Foote scored with 10 seconds remaining to clinch the victory for Canada.
The Aussies will have tomorrow off, while Canada will take on England at 7 p.m. You can watch a webstream of Canada's game here.
Rising senior Marlee Paton was named the Player of the Match after helping Australia to an 11-4 win over Wales in its opening game of the 2013 FIL World Cup.
"To start the tournament with a solid win against Wales was a great way to get any jitters and kinks out that we had going into the tournament," Paton said. "I am so honored to be playing alongside my teammates that any personal recognition I receive can be credited directly back to them.
"I'm excited to have finally kick started this tournament and I can't wait to see how our team progresses day-by-day."
The Seaholme, Australia native was one of four Aussies to tally two goals, while the Greyhounds combined to contribute five goals and one assist. Stacey Morlang `03 scored twice and added an assist, while Cassandra Cursaro '13 chipped in one goal.
Both Australia and Canada will be back in action tomorrow, as the two squads will face off against one another at 8 p.m. You can watch a webstream of the game here.