Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/4/11
From US Lacrosse
Hanover, Germany – American midfielder Kayla Treanor scored back-to-back goals to open play, and Team USA never looked back as it raced to a 19-5 win over Japan in their first game of the 2011 FIL U19 Women’s World Cup.
The U.S. never trailed in the victory, and attacker Erin McMunn led all scorers with six goals. McMunn was named player of the match for her efforts, an unexpected gift on her 18th birthday.
“It feels great to get our first win. The girls played so well. It was a tough Japan team that kind of startled us in the beginning a little bit, but it was fun to see the girls make the adjustments and start to pull away from a very good team,” said American head coach Krystin Porcella.
Despite Treanor’s quick start, Team Japan’s zone defense disrupted the Americans’ rhythm in the first half. Japanese attacker Tamoko Takarada (3g) cut the score to 6-4 midway through the first period on an unassisted goal, prompting a time out.
“Japan was throwing some stuff at us we hadn’t seen yet, and they were doing a very good job of it, so I said ‘Let’s regroup here, and take a deep breath, and go out and play our style of lacrosse instead of playing into their game which is what they wanted us to do,’” said Porcella.
The Americans responded with eight unanswered goals, putting the match out of reach. Seven different players scored for Team USA, led by McMunn and with hat tricks from Treanor, Cortney Fortunato and Jennifer Cook. Madison Acton, Covie Stanwick and Taylor Trimble (Episcopal Academy) each added a single goal. Kelsey Duryea started in goal for the Americans and made four saves in the first half; Allie Murray (Downingtown East) relieved her at the break and added three saves.
Tarakada’s 3 goal led Team Japan; midfielder Mai Kenmochi added another 2 goals. Japanese goalie Tomoka Oshimura made 8 saves.
“It felt a little surreal at the beginning,” said McMunn. “We were definitely a little excited at first, but once we realized the zone they were playing, we started moving the ball around. Even as good as they are at their zone, no matter how good a team is, it takes a half second for them to think, and in that half second, you can move the ball.”
The Americans worked the ball around the crease, and managed to get a step ahead of the tenacious and speedy Japanese. McMunn took inside post position, a role she’d never had in practice. She quickly adjusted to the change and led the U.S. to its first victory in Hanover.
“We just showed her something on paper and she walked in an executed it perfectly,” said Porcella. “She got it, but the other thing is, her teammates got it as well, and they got her the ball in the right spot.”
The win over Japan gives the U.S. a 1-0 record at the tournament. They will face their next opponent, Canada, tomorrow at 3 p.m. local time.