Lacrosse player featured during 2017 World Games opening ceremonies held at Wroclaw Stadium in Wroclaw, Poland, on July 20, 2017 (Credit Bartek Sadowski, The World Games).

WROCLAW, POLAND – Erica Evans tallied eight points, including six goals, to help lead Canada to a 15-10 win over Australia to open the 2017 World Games in Wroclaw, Poland.

Their win capped off a historical day for women’s lacrosse, which was making its debut at the World Games, an international multi-sport event featuring over 3,250 athletes from 111 countries.

The United States and Great Britain were also winners earlier in the day, beating Poland and Japan, respectively.

“We’ve had a fantastic experience at The World Games and in Poland thus far,” said head coach Scott Teeter. “This is a great opportunity for our sport.”

Canada continued their dominance over Australia, a team they defeated twice at the recent 2017 FIL Rathbones Women’s Lacrosse World Cup in England, including a thrilling 8-6 overtime win in the semi-finals.

Midfielder Kay Morissette added three assists, while Holly Lloyd and Tessa Chad, who were both making their senior national team debut after acting as alternates during the World Cup, contributed two points each.

Canada’s balanced offensive attack saw 10 players find the score sheet, including rookies Quintin Bullen and Claire Mills, who both scored their first international goal.

“Today was a great team win,” said head coach Scott Teeter.

“This is a really exciting style of lacrosse to watch. It’s fast paced and allows the girls to play with creativity,” he added, referencing the rules changes in place that allow only 10 players on the field at once, as opposed to the usual 12 players.

Rebecca Lane and Ashtyn Hiron each scored a hat-trick for the Aussies, while Sarah Mollison added five points of her own, including one goal and four assists.

Canada’s next game will be against Japan, who are ranked No. 10 in the world despite only losing one game at last week’s World Cup. They narrowly missed out on the championship quarter-finals, falling 8-7 to Israel.

The Japanese gave Great Britain, a squad with athletes from England, Scotland and Ireland, a good run in their first World Games match this morning, losing 9-5.

  • Thursday, July 27 vs Australia (Win 15-10)
  • Friday, July 28 at 10:00AM EST vs Japan
  • Saturday, July 29 at 4:00AM EST – Semi-Final (1 vs 4)
  • Saturday, July 29 at 7:00AM EST – Semi-Final (2 vs 3)
  • Sunday, July 30 at 3:00AM EST – Finals (5 vs 6)
  • Sunday, July 30 at 5:30AM EST – Finals Bronze (3 vs 4)
  • Sunday, July 30 at 8:00AM EST – Finals Gold (1 vs 2)
  • 1 Allison Daley, Peterborough ON, G, Canisius ’11
  • 5 Quintin Bullen, Severn ON, M, Denver ’21
  • 6 Kaylin Morissette, Bowmanville ON, M, Louisville ’16
  • 7 Tessa Chad, Orono ON, A, Canisius ’19
  • 9 Katie Guy, Whitby ON, D, Penn State ’13
  • 10 Holly Lloyd, Glen Ridge NJ, A, Loyola ’20
  • 11 Erica Evans, Peterborough ON, M, Canisius ’18
  • 12 Megan Kinna, Maple Ridge BC, M, Northwestern ’20
  • 13 Lydia Sutton, Minneapolis MN, D, Southern California ’18
  • 14 Claire Mills, Oakville ON, M, Syracuse ’22
  • 15 Emily Boissonneault, Brooklin ON, M, Detroit Mercy ’12
  • 22 Taylor Gait, Fayetteville NY, M, Syracuse ’16
  • 25 Avery Hogarth, Mississauga ON, D, Southern California ’19
  • 27 Dana Dobbie, Fergus ON, A, Maryland ’08