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BULLETIN: Aug. 9, 2017 — USA 9, Brazil 0

A couple of days ago, this space pointed out the number of runaway scores that have occurred thus far in this year’s Pan American Cup.

This evening at Spooky Nook, the U.S. women’s field hockey team found itself in a rare occasion: needing a runaway score in order to avoid tournament co-favorite Argentina in the semifinal round.

The States got the job done, beating Brazil 9-0 in order to finish at the top of its pool by two on goal differential. That allows the Applebees to meet Chile on Friday evening for a berth in Sundays final, and sends sending Canada, a 4-0 winner over Mexico, into the other half of the semifinal bracket against the mighty Albicelestes.

The United States, even in its run of form over the last decade since the beginning of the Lee Bodimeade Era, has not been the kind of team to run up the score. The States, however, were able to score the most goals in a full international match since a 15-0 win over the Dominican Republic at the Pan American Games in Toronto two years ago.

Taylor West, from tiny Pocomoke (Md.), came up huge on the day, scoring three goals including the penalty stroke with five minutes to go that gave the Americans the necessary goal differential to win its pool.

Loren Shealy, Kat Sharkey, and Jill Witmer had braces for the United States. The nine goals were not necessarily representative of the utter dominance during the match on the part of the tournament hosts. The States’ attack created enough chances for the team to score upwards of a dozen with a bit more luck.

U.S. goalkeeper Alesha Widdall, given the start in place of Jackie Briggs, never faced a Brazil shot.

 

 

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Aug. 9, 2017 — An all-out war?

The last few days have seen a flurry of press releases from the Women’s Professional Lacrosse League (WPLL), giving out details here and there about the league’s mission and front office, as well as a growing list of superstar players who originally played with a competitor league, United Women’s Lacrosse (UWLX).

If that didn’t out enough pressure on UWLX, today’s WPLL unveiling just might.

The WPLL is scheduled to have five teams in 2018. This includes teams in all four markets in which UWLX currently has teams (Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore), but a team called the Upstate Pride, located in the general region where UWLX just hosted its second championship game.

I invite you to reread this ESPNW story, especially in light of the cherrypicking of talent and markets by the WPLL.