WWC Day 11 Wrap: England beat Australia in 3OT thriller


WWC Day 11 Wrap: England beat Australia in 3OT thriller

Olivia Hompe throws her hands up after burying a free position in triple overtime to give England an 8-7 win over Australia in the bronze medal game.

TOWSON, Maryland— Brittany Read has feline reflexes and has an equally feline survival trait. She might have used the last of her nine lacrosse lives on Saturday.

The former Louisville and Oregon goaltender whose career was resurrected last summer with the advent of Athletes Unlimited – only for her to go down with a torn ACL and meniscus – completed 13 saves to lead England to an 8-7 triple-overtime victory over Australia in the Women’s World Lacrosse Championship bronze medal game on Saturday at the rainy Unitas Stadium.

Olivia Hompe scored from an open position with 54 seconds left in third extra time to secure England’s second consecutive third place finish.

It was reminiscent of the 2017 bronze medal game between the sides, which England won in double extra time also in pouring rain.

“Good for the public. Good for TV,” coach Phil Collier said. “Not good for my heart.”

A cheering, soaking crowd watched the best game of the tournament, as Australia erased a three-goal deficit in the second half and sent the game into extra time on Hannah Nielsen’s goal with 1:13 left in the game. regulation time.

Nielsen had two chances to win it for Australia, who exceeded expectations after losing 17-2 to the United States in the semifinals on Thursday. But her free position attempt with 18 seconds left sailed high, then she missed wide on a last-second shot at the end of the first overtime.

England’s Megan Whittle, heroine of the double OT in 2017, also had two chances to seal the match. But she hit the outside of the net on a shot and wandered into a free stance.

Read responded at the other end both times, saving a free position from Rebecca Lane and then stopping Sarah Mollison before the second overtime buzzer.

Aussie keeper Kahli Evans was nearly as carried away, denying Georgina Southern in double overtime and then stopping a rebound shot from Claire Faram on the first possession of the third overtime.

Theo Kwas had a golden opportunity to win it for Australia. Read fell low but kept her stick high as Kwas’ shot sailed straight into the mesh.

Finally, with 54 seconds left in triple overtime, converted an open position for the game-winning goal. Hompe used a low clearance and release to beat Evans.

“Your big players come in the big places,” said Collier, who said he almost left Read from the squad when she couldn’t train in England due to the pandemic and her recovery. after an operation. “We thought it was worth the risk – that she was going to pull through.”

JAPAN TAKES FIFTH PLACE

Japan is back in the top five.

Kokora Nakazawa and Mio Takahashi scored three goals each and Chisa Kobayashi had two goals to go with his eight draw checks to lead the Japanese to an impressive 13-4 win over Israel in the fifth-place game.

Japan’s stifling defense limited Israel to just eight shots and rendered Israeli Lindsey McKone (two goals, five draws) pointless with a second-half face shield.

Japan’s latest top five also came in the United States. He placed fifth out of 10 teams at the 2005 World Championship in Annapolis, Maryland.

After falling seventh (2009) then ninth (2013 and 2017), the Japanese remained unbeaten in pool and finished 7-1. Its only defeat was against the United States in the quarter-finals of the championship.

SATURDAY ACCOUNTS

Czech Republic 12, Haudenosaunee 11 (7th place)
Japan 13, Israel 4 (5th place)
England 8, Australia 7 (3OT) (Bronze)
United States 11, Canada 8 (Gold)

FINAL RANKING

1. United States (8-0)
2. Canada (6-2)
3. England (5-3)
4. Australia (3-5)
5. Japan (7-1)
6. Israel (6-2)
7. Czech Republic (7-1)
8. Haudenosaunee (5-3)
9. Wales (5-2)
10. Scotland (2-6)
11. Puerto Rico (5-3)
12. New Zealand (5-3)
13. Ireland (5-3)
14. Germany (3-4)
15. Mexico (4-4)
16. Hong Kong (2-6)
17. Netherlands (5-2)
18. Italy (4-3)
19. China (4-3)
20. Latvia (3-4)
21. South Korea (3-5)
22. Norway (3-5)
23. Sweden (3-5)
24. Spain (1-7)
25. Austria (3-4)
26. Argentina (2-6)
27. Switzerland (2-5)
28. Jamaica (0-6)
29. Colombia (0-6)

WORLD TEAM

Aurora Cordingley, CAN
Taylor Cummings, United States
Dana Dobbie, CAN
Oliva Hompe, ENG
Marie McCool, United States
Alice Mercer, United States
Kaylin Morissette, CAN
Hannah Nielsen, Australia
Brittany Read, ENG
Kayla Treanor, United States

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