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July 22, 2017 — USA 10, Canada 5

Five days ago, the Canadian women’s lacrosse team was a beaten lot, having dropped a 19-5 decision to the United States in pool play of the 11th FIL Women’s World Cup.

In today’s final at Guildford Sports Park, Canada threw everything but the kitchen sink at the U.S. in the gold medal rematch. And then, followed up with the kitchen sink.

Canada tried everything from faceguarding to quick changes of pace during the game, to even making the rarest of moves: requesting the stick check of the opposing goaltender.

For all that, however, the United States kept their focus, their nerve, and, most importantly, the ball, taking their chances in a 10-5 win. Captain Sarah Bullard, in her third World Cup, had a hat trick for the States, while Laura Zimmerman and Marie McCool had two goals apiece.

Canada got an outstanding performance from goalie Katie Donohoe, who stopped nine out of 19 American shots. The Leafs were led by Erica Evans (two goals, two assists) and Alli Jimerson (2-2).

Canada managed to keep a lid on the American attack by faceguarding Michelle Tumolo and by varying its draw takers. Dana Dobbie was outstanding in the circle, winning five of six draws, but the rest of the team went 5-for-11.

The United States may not have 10-goalled their opponents as in previous games, but did hold an 8-1 lead that partially dissolved in the last quarter-hour.

The Americans got an heroic performance from Taylor Cummings (4-for-8 on draws),

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