Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 10/7/12
The U.S. women’s national team edged Australia, 12-11, today, coming back from a first-half deficit to defeat its archrival in the marquee game of US Lacrosse Stars & Stripes weekend at Palo Alto, Calif.
Midfielder Kelly Berger scored the game-winner on a free-position shot with 3:25 left, capping a game that featured five ties and three lead changes at Stanford’s Cagan Stadium. Just the day before, the Americans whipped the Aussies, 16-3.
Midfielder Sarah Bullard led the U.S. with three goals while attacker Lindsey Munday added one goal and five assists.
The Americans trailed, 5-2, but sacored four straight goals and later seized an 8-6 halftime lead.
Australia regained the lead with a three-goal surge, and later took an 11-10 lead. American attacker Michelle Tumolo (Clearview Regional, Syracuse) got the tying goal and then Berger gave the Americans the lead for good on a free position. Midfielder Katie Schwarzmann got the final draw control for the U.S.
The game served as a preview for the 2013 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Women’s World Cup, where the U.S. will defend its gold medal from 2009 against Australia and other opponents in Oshawa, Canada.
USA 17, STANFORD 6
CANADA 11, CAL 5
CANADA 10, AUSTRALIA 9
U.S. 18, CAL 3
U.S. 16, CANADA 5