GUILDFORD, England – Duke women’s lacrosse alumna Sarah Bullard took home Most Valuable Player honors in Saturday’s Federation of International Lacrosse World Cup title game. The 2011 Blue Devil graduate led the United States to a 10-5 victory over Canada in the gold medal match, giving the U.S. its third consecutive World Cup championship.
A team co-captain making her third senior World Cup appearance, Bullard tallied a game-high three goals Saturday at Surrey Sports Park. Since joining the national team program 10 years ago, she has captured four gold medals, including an under-19 world championship in 2007 and senior World Cup titles in 2009, 2013 and 2017.
“It’s really indescribable,” Bullard said. “Even after being through this a few times before, it’s different with every single group. I’m proud of how my teammates handled it out there today and throughout this whole tournament.”
The U.S. outshot Canada 16-4 in the first half but led just 5-1 at the intermission. The teams traded scoring bursts early in the second period but the U.S. held Canada to just one goal over the final 9:50.
Asked how the titles compared to each other, Bullard responded, “They don’t. Every one is different, and it never gets old. This is the most talented team I’ve ever been a part of, but what’s more special is how selfless they are, how much we care and how we want to be there for each other.”
Bullard was a two-time Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association All-America selection in the midfield for the Blue Devils. She was twice tabbed a nominee for the Tewaaraton Award in addition to earning All-ACC and All-ACC Tournament recognition. She continues to rank among the program’s all-time leaders in career points, goals, draw controls, caused turnovers and assists.
Bullard was joined in Guildford by fellow Duke alumnae Emma Lazaroff and Kerrin Maurer. Lazaroff, a 2016 graduate, helped lead Israel to a sixth-place showing in the Championship Division while Maurer, a 2015 graduate, and Italy finished 11th in the Platinum Division. For more on their final matches of the tournament, click here.