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Aug. 2, 2015 — 60 minutes to a championship

Two weeks ago, the Canada U-19 women’s national lacrosse team dropped its opening pool match to a United States team which had pretty much owned FIL hardware the last decade and a half.

But yesterday evening, Canada was able to flip the script — partially by keeping its center Selena Lasota on the pitch. Lasota had been sent off in the opening seconds of the second half against the U.S. in pool play, but in yesterday’s FIL U-19 championship final, she was magnificent. The Northwestern rising sophomore had three goals, two assists, three draw controls, and two steals as Canada beat the United States 9-8 for the Leafs’ first U-19 world championship.

The American defense, which had kept Canada and just about every other team in the tournament off-balance for the tournament, only caused two turnovers the entire game, seemingly allowing the hosts the possession and the initiative to run its box-based offense. The U.S. offense had its chances, especially at a late equalizer, but Andie Aldave and Francesca Whitehurst didn’t convert on their free-position shots.

Yesterday’s loss was the first time the U.S. didn’t win gold since the inaugural title went to Australia in 1999.

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