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July 11, 2022 — From one championship to another

Tomorrow begins pool play for the women’s lacrosse event at the 2022 World Games in Birmingham, Ala.

The eight-team event, like the one played five years ago in Poland, will be played with reduced sides. But this tournament will instead feature the Lacrosse Sixes format, the proposed format for the 2028 Olympics. Unlike five years ago, the United States has opted to go with a completely new team. Yep, there is zero overlap between the newly-minted world champions and this young roster which seemingly will have a smooth takeover for the next world-level tournament as veteran senior national teamers retire.

The Sixes side will have four players who won gold for the U.S. at the U-19 World Cup three years ago: Kasey Choma, Madison Doucette, Belle Smith and Caitlyn Wurzburger. The team will also have Sam Swart, who will drop her lacrosse stick once the competition is done and play field hockey at Syracuse.

While the States have gone for a full roster turnover for the World Games, other teams will bring over some of their all-stars from Towson. Australia will have former Maryland stars Theo Kwas and Sarah Mollison. Great Britain will have Laura Merrifield and Megan Whittle. Israel retains the likes of Lindsey McKone and Sammy Jo Tracy.

Canada, with all-star players Aurora Cordingley, Kaylin Morrissette, Brooklyn Walker-Welch, Erica Evans, and Dana Dobbie, will be an extremely formidable side in this competition. I think this team, having learned individual lessons from losing the World Championships on Saturday, has a great chance at gold by the time the week is out.

But with a talent wave on the American side including the 1,000-point scorer in Wurzburger, I wouldn’t be surprised if the States come up with a special effort.