GUILDFORD, England – Former Blue Devil Sarah Bullard and the United States women’s national team are headed to the gold medal game at the 2017 Federation of International Lacrosse World Cup following a 19-8 semifinal victory over England Thursday.
England trailed by four scores (9-5) at halftime, but the U.S. rattled off an eight-goal run in the second half to set up a championship game tilt against Canada Saturday, July 22 at 10 a.m. Canada advanced on the strength of an 8-6 overtime decision against Australia in the other semifinal.
The U.S. has now reached the championship game of all 10 World Cups held since 1982. The U.S. won the world title in 1982, 1989, 1993, 1997, 2001, 2009 and 2013. Australia won the title in 1986 and 2005.
A team co-captain for the U.S. and a member of the 2009 and 2013 World Cup championship squads, Bullard notched one draw control Thursday to give her five for the tournament. She has also recorded three goals, one assist and one caused turnover in seven World Cup contests in Guildford.
Two other former Duke standouts continued playoff action at the World Cup Thursday, with 2016 graduate Emma Lazaroff tallying two goals and a caused turnover in Israel’s 8-7 overtime win against Wales. Lazaroff now owns eight goals for the tournament to go along with one assist, four draw controls and one caused turnover. Israel returns to play Friday, July 21 at 1 p.m. ET, taking on Scotland in the Championship Division fifth-place contest.
Thursday’s games saw Kerrin Maurer, a 2015 Duke graduate, continue to put up impressive offensive numbers. Maurer turned in four goals and five draw controls in a 16-6 loss to Japan in the Platinum Division semifinals. The performance brought the former Blue Devil attacker’s totals to 18 goals, 16 assists, 53 draw controls and three caused turnovers for the tournament. Following Thursday’s action, Italy will face Haudenosaunee Friday at 12 p.m. ET in the 11th-place game.
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