Midfielder Kristen Kjellman scored five goals and Philadelphians Regina Oliver and Holly McGarvie excelled as the U.S. women’s team pulled away from England for a 17-8 victory in its 2009 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Cup opener Thursday at Prague, Czech Republic.
Tied 6-6 at halftime, Team USA broke the game open with a 9-0 run — including three straight from Kjellman — with its defense holding Team England scoreless until the 7:35 mark. Kjellman was the top goal scorer with five tallies while teammate Lindsday Munday was the points leader with three goals and three assists.
Pottstown graduate Oliver (5 groundballs, 6 caused turnovers) and Amber Falcone (4 GB, 1 CT) anchored the defense, which shut out the English attack for than 20 minutes at the start of the second half. Falcone also contributed two goals. Starting goalie Devon Wills had four saves; keeper Megan Huether contributed one stop in the final 9:34 minutes of the game.
McGarvie (1g, 1a, 1GB), a coach on the Philly-based Ultimate Goal Lacrosse Club and a Shawnee High (NJ) graduate, won all four of her draw controls in the second half. Also from Philly, Ultimate Goal Owner and team captain Michele DeJuliis had two goals and an assist, Newtown’s Whitney Douthett had one goal and one groundball and Strath Haven grad Michi Ellers had a caused turnover and a groundball.
Attacker Felicity Hermsen and midfielder Lucy Lynch each contributed two goals for Team England. Starting goalie Catherine Gaunt had 10 saves, seven of which came in the first half. Backup keeper Anita Thorose made three saves.
The U.S. squad plays Canada Friday at 8:30 a.m. EST. FIL World Cup games are broadcast live athttp://videosport.tn.nova.cz/lacrosse-prague-2009
2009 FIL World Cup Scores – Thursday, June 18
Australia 16, Canada 11
United States 17, England 8
Scotland 8, Czech Republic 6
Wales 18, Germany 3
Austria 14, Denmark 7
Ireland 22, South Korea 0