WASHINGTON - The United States and Head Coach Ricky Fried defeated Scotland, 19-3, in the opening game of pool play at the 2017 FIL Rathbones World Cup were on Thursday in Guildford, England.
A record 25 nations are participating in this year's World Cup and the U.S. team is joined in Pool A by Australia, Canada, England, Scotland and Wales. The remaining U.S. pool play schedule is as follows (all times local to England):
Friday, July 14: vs. Australia, 3 p.m.
Saturday, July 15: vs. England, 6 p.m.
Sunday, July 16: vs. Canada, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, July 18: vs. Wales, 5 p.m.
All games will be streamed live via pay-per-view packages that include single game and full-event options.
The playoffs begin on Wednesday, July 19 with the quarterfinal round, followed by the semifinals on July 20 and the championship game on July 22.
The U.S. team is the favorite entering the championship, having won seven of nine overall World Cups, including the two most recent in 2009 and 2013. Two-time World Cup champions Sarah Bullard and Devon Wills are serving as the captains for the team.
“We’re excited to show the world how this United States team is going to play, but at the same time, it’s something we have to go earn,” head coach Ricky Fried said after an exhibition game victory against 2013 runner-up Canada. “We need to stay focused, play to our standard. Don’t relax and don’t take it for granted.”
After serving as an assistant coach for the U.S. Women's Lacrosse Elite Team for three years, Fried was named the head coach of the national team in August of 2009.
After leading Team USA to an undefeated gold medal in 2013 at the FIL World Cup in Oshawa, Canada, his position was renewed through 2017. It marked his second World Cup gold after winning in the summer of 2009 as an assistant in Prague, Czech Republic.
Fried just completed his 13th season at the helm of the Hoya program.