GUILDFORD, ENGLAND – Canada battled through a tough second half to earn a 10-6 victory over a pesky Wales squad in their second game of the 2017 FIL Rathbones Women’s Lacrosse World Cup.
It was a slow moving first half, until Wales opened the scoring at the 7:32 mark. The Canadians responded with the tying goal a little over a minute later, and added four more before halftime to build a healthy 5-1 lead.
Things were much closer in the second half, as Canada struggled defensively, but despite scoring five times after the mid-game break, the Welsh side was not able to overcome the four goal deficit.
Wales, who got the better of Canada during a pre-tournament exhibition match when they arrived in England earlier this week, stifled their opponents offence for much of the game.
While it was surely frustrating, being more patient with the ball might become a necessity for Canada as the tournament progresses and team’s adjust to their tendencies through scouting reports and video analysis.
“One of the things we’re learning now is how to be patient with our offence,” added Alie Jimerson (Irving, N.Y.), who led Canada with four points (2G, 2A). “The chemistry is still building. We have to wait for the right cutter, at the right time, instead of forcing it.”
Midfielder Kay Morissette, who controlled 10 of 14 draws, took home the Game MVP award. Her tenacity on defense helped Canada weather pressure from the Welsh side on multiple occasions in the second half, allowing them to preserve their lead.
“They saw us before, we had a friendly against them, so they knew our strengths going in [to the match],” said Morissette. “They are strong, speedy and they kept it pretty close. It was a good battle.”
Megan Kinna (Maple Ridge, B.C.) added three points of her own (2G, 1A), while Erica Evans (Peterborough, Ont.) and Dana Dobbie (Fergus, Ont.) each found the back of the net twice.
Bianca Chevarie, one of Canada’s youngest players at 16-years-old, celebrated enthusiastically after scoring her first goal of the tournament. She corralled a hard pass off a free possession, while cutting into free space tight to the net, and buried a low shot behind the keeper.
A hat-trick by Ros Lloyd Rout, as well as contributions from Laura Warren (2G, 1A) and Iona Dryden (1G), helped Wales keep the game close.
The Canadians are back in action on Saturday, when they will face-off against Scotland. The game starts at 10:00AM EST and can be watched online from anywhere in Canada through a pay-per-view webcast provided by www.247.tv.