Fried Leads U.S. to Victory in Opening Game of FIL World Cup
July 12, 2013
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University Head Women's Lacrosse Coach Ricky Fried led the U.S. Women's National Team to a 17-7 victory over England on Thursday to begin the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Cup. Fried is in his fourth year as the head coach of the national team. The Americans are looking to defend their 2009 World Cup title.
Despite England scoring first, the United States answered with 11-consecutive goals and never looked back. Ten players tallied goals in a balanced attack by the Americans.
"I have to give England a lot of credit - they came out in the second half and didn't give up and continued to play fast and aggressive. But overall, we're satisfied with the game today," Fried said. "It's great to have the first game over with. It's been a long journey to this point, and it was a long day today. Going in, we wanted to make sure we're focused what we do best, which is play fast and play aggressive but stay under control, and I thought we did an excellent job in the first half."
Fried is no stranger to international play. He was an assistant with the 2009 squad which won a gold medal at the FIL World Cup in Prague. Later that year, he was named the head coach for the team making him the first male head coach in the history of U.S. Lacrosse.
In his nine seasons, Fried has led the Hoyas to a 106-58 overall record. The Hoyas have earned six Big East regular season titles, made five trips to the Big East Tournament Championship Game (winning in 2010) and have advanced to the NCAA Tournament six times, reaching the quarterfinals twice.
Fried has coached 22 All-Americans as well as the National Goalie of the Year, two Big East Attackers of the Year, two Midfielders of the Year, five Defensive Players of the Year and 51 Big East first or second team selections. He previously served as a Georgetown assistant coach in 2003 and 2004.
The win puts Team USA atop Pool A with a 1-0 record heading into Saturday's 4:30 p.m. ET matchup against Wales. The U.S. holds a perfect 6-0 mark against Wales in World Cup competition, with an average victory margin of more than 13 goals. The two teams last met in the 2005 World Cup in Annapolis, Md., with the U.S. winning 11-4.