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Tumolo (Clearview Regional-NJ) helps Team USA rout Canada in exhibition game at WNT

Sunday, 28th May 2017

Categories Girl's/Women's, International  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/28/17
By Brian Logue, From US Lacrosse

The two favorites for the 2017 Federation of International Lacrosse Women’s World Cup met on Saturday night before a full house of 1,000 fans at Yale’s Reese Stadium, but a 20-7 victory for the United States over Canada mattered little to the defending world champions.

They know the real test is coming in July in Guildford, England when the U.S. will attempt to win its third straight World Cup.

“Nothing’s for granted,” summed up U.S. head coach Ricky Fried after the game between the finalists from the last World Cup.

Fried doesn’t have to look far to find an example to keep his team grounded. Two years ago, the U.S. U19 team routed Canada 19-4 in a similar exhibition following the opening day of play at the US Lacrosse Women’s National Tournament. Later on that summer, Canada shocked the U.S. in the gold medal game, ending a string of four straight U19 world championships for the U.S.

For the US team, Michelle Tumolo (Clearview Regional-NJ, Syracuse) was a standout with two goals, four groundballs, two draw controls and two caused turnovers while Marie McCool (Moorestown-NJ, North Carolina rising senior) had an assist.

Rabil is one of the veterans on the team and she helped the U.S. take over after a relatively slow start. Canada’s Dana Dobbie exploited the U.S. team’s full-field ride with a pair of empty net goals in transition, and the game was tied 3-3 a little over 10 minutes in. The U.S. then went on a 11-1 run over the next 18 minutes with Rabil tallying three goals during the run.

Kelly Rabil had a game-high four goals to help the U.S. overcome a slow start and beat Canada 20-7 on Saturday night. Rabil had three goals during an 11-1 USA run that broke open a 3-3 tie. © John and Matt Risley Photography

Three of Canada’s first four goals of the game came on empty-net opportunities, but the U.S eventually wore down Canada with it relentless pressure. Canada committed 14 first half turnovers and finished the game just 6-of-15 on clears.

Ally Carey and Brooke Griffin each had three goals for the U.S. and Laura Zimmerman and Kayla Treanor each had three assists. Dobbie led Canada with three goals and Allie Jimerson had two goals.

Saturday night’s exhibition was the final game for the U.S. team before its heads across the Atlantic Ocean for training camp leading into the World Cup in England. They’ve been working towards that milestone for four years since the last World Cup, including several rounds of agonizing roster cuts that began with more than 100 players and then went down to 36 and 24 before the final roster was named in January.

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