In an interview prior to the 2013 World Cup Amber Falcone stated that Team England could be the stiffest competition in the field. After just one half of play it was quite obvious that the United States women were far superior to the team from England. When all was said and done Team USA notched a 17-7 victory and went to 1-0 in pool play. The game played in Oshawa, Canada gives Team USA confidence heading into their second game in pool play against Teams Wales. This second game will be played on July 13th, 2013 at 4:30 pm est.
As Team USA progress through pool play the offense will not be an issue. If any team is going to challenge Team USA they are going to have to outscore them. Katrina Dowd leads a fierce attack that was rarely slowed down during the first game of the 2013 World Cup. If Team USA were not up ten goals in the second half there is a very strong possibility they could have scored over 20. Women’s lacrosse is a very respectful sport in that teams do not try to run up the score once they are up by more than 10 goals. This is very true on the college and high school level. At the college level there is a “running clock” rule that keeps the clock moving when a team is defeating their opponent by 10 goals or more.
There is no point in demoralizing the competition as this is a game that is great for women’s athletics. In college lacrosse there are some programs that have been very dominant for years and they could win a game by 25 or 30 goals if they really wanted to. Northwestern has won six of the last eight NCAA national championships and Maryland has won over ten total. There were multiple games outside the Atlantic Coast Conference in which the University of North Carolina Tar Heels could have won by well over 20 goals.
Team USA has the firepower to score at will and Team Wales does not look to be a team that can beat the talented team from America. The game between the two countries will be on July 13th, 2013 at 4:30 pm est.