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July 30, 2017 — USA 11, Canada 8

The gold-medal match of the World Games women’s lacrosse event, as well as the rest of the competition, was about a number of players who did not play for their national teams at the FIL World Cup earlier in the month.

In the final, for example, Canada was without World Team goalie Katie Donohoe, as well a star forwards Alli Jimerson and Danita Stroup. The opposing American side went with USC’s Gussie Johns in the goal cage and brought in Alyssa Murray off the reserve bench for the World Games.

The Murray move came up trumps for the States, as the Syracuse product had four goals in the USA’s 11-8 win over Canada in the World Games final. Murray had 12 goals and seven assists for the Stars and Stripes during the tournament.

Despite Murray’s excellence, Canada learned its lessons from the FIL World Cup and did everything it could to thwart the Americans. The Leafs got off to a good start, slowed the game smartly, and got good goaltending from Allison Daley (12 saves).

Canada, however, gifted the United States 23 turnovers, including a pair leading directly to goals. The States turned Canada’s beneficense into a five-goal run shortly after Canada had tied the game 6-6 with a half-hour to go. Brooke Griffin had a pair of goals in the run, as well as Marie McCool and Murray. But the touchstone goal of the run was Katie Schwartzmann’s goal in the 48th minute off a Canadian turnover.

Canada got a pair of goals late, but it was not enough.

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