World champions ! US Downs Canada for the gold medal

TOWSON, MD. For the fourth consecutive time – and the first on home soil – the United States were crowned world champions.

Led by the head coach of the United States Women’s National Team Jenny LevyTeam USA cruised to an 11-8 win over Canada in the 2022 World Women’s Lacrosse Championship gold medal game in Towson, Maryland to finish the tournament undefeated at 8-0.

Now holding nine of the 11 titles, the United States has been the most dominant team in the history of the Women’s World Lacrosse Championship since the event was first held in 1982. The Americans have won 30 straight games and four gold medals since 2009, their last loss in international competition coming in the 2005 World Championship final.

Saturday’s win also marked the first time a host country won the gold medal.

“To see them all today get this award is amazing. It’s been a real team from the start,” Levy said. “We’ve had all kinds of different adversities and challenges throughout this tournament with the weather and the delays, but I’m really happy for the players. They’re incredible role models and they’re just top class.”

The University of North Carolina players have impressed throughout their time in Maryland. Mary McCool (’18) led the way for the Tar Heels with three goals against Canada for his fifth hat trick in eight games. She scored at least two goals in seven of eight games to help USA stay unbeaten.

McCool had 20 goals, four assists, 24 points and 17 draws throughout the 11-day championship. It was the second gold medal McCool won with Team USA, also winning the title in 2017 as a rising senior at UNC.

For the fourth game in a row, Ally Mastroianni (’21) had a record seven draws to tie their tournament. She ranked first on the United States list with 38 draw checks across eight contests – 12 more than the team’s second-highest – and also added four goals and three assists.

Emily Parros (’13) picked up an assist in the title game, taking his league tally to three in addition to his four goals and 16 checkpoints. Molly Hendrick (’17) finished the tournament with eight points on seven goals and one assist.

On the defensive side, Caylee Waters (’17) made 17 saves between the posts in six games while Emma Trenchard (’22) was a key part of the American defense that allowed an average of just 4.9 goals per game.

Carolina’s six players in the 18-person Team USA roster were the best of any school in the country.

Rising sophomore defenseman Brooklyn Walker Welch won silver as part of Team Canada, his third straight championship finishing second to Team USA. She recorded two grounded shots in the gold medal game against the United States to tie her own tournament record.

Walker-Welch concluded the championship with two draw checks, three turnovers and seven ground runs in six games for Canada.

Current UNC drive Emilie Nalls, who represents England, clinched bronze after an 8-7 triple-overtime win over Australia. A staple of the England defence, she saw action in all eight games and finished the tournament leading the team with six turnovers and 11 ground balls.

Nalls also ranked second on England’s list with 18 draw checks, even tallying an assist against Wales on 5 July. .

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