Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/5/19
Natalie Pansini (Agnes Irwin) collected five goals, five groundballs, two caused turnovers and two draw controls as Team Puerto Rico toppled Haudenosaunee, 12-8, tonight at the 2019 World Lacrosse Women’s U19 World Championship at Peterborough, Ontario.
Puerto Rico – easily the surprise of the tournament – improved to 4-0 and won Pool E. Puerto Rico opens playoff action Tuesday against Pool B runner-up New Zealand at 11 a.m.
Puerto Rico raced to a 6-1 lead over Haudenosaunee and was up, 7-4, at halftime, before breaking it open with two goals to open the second half.
Maria Pansini (Agnes Irwin, rising sophomore at Princeton) added two goals and a draw control, while Jordan Baerga (Ursuline Academy-DE) added three draw controls for Puerto Rico.
“Definitely! People were doubting us, especially with this being our first time in the tournament,” said Natalie Pansini in the WorldLacrosseSports website. “But after being able to go undefeated in pool play, with a win over a great team such as this (Haudenosaunee), I think we’ve definitely shown that Puerto Rico has some great athletes, and that we have a strong group of girls.”