Fried and U.S. National Team Go 4-0 in Pool Play at FIL World Cup
July 17, 2013
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Women's National Team and Georgetown University Head Women's Lacrosse Coach Ricky Fried leaned on its signature pressure defense to defeat Canada 13-2 in Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Cup pool play on Tuesday. With the win, Team USA (4-0) earns the number one seed in the championship bracket, which begins play Wednesday.
Team USA scored the game's first eight goals, while forcing 16 first half turnovers and holding the previously unbeaten Canadian side (3-1) to just two shots in the first frame.
Earlier in pool play, the United States and Australia had the highest-scoring game between the two nations in World Cup history as the U.S. Women's National Team rode a late first-half surge to defeat Australia 18-9. Team USA also defeated Wales, 19-2, as 11 different players scored.
Fried is in his fourth year as the head coach of the national team 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.
Team USA completes pool play with a perfect 4-0 record, having outscored its opponents by a combined score of 67-20. The team will next face the winner of eighth-seeded Haudenosaunee and ninth-seeded Israel in a quarterfinal matchup to be played Thursday at 12:30 p.m. ET. Canada, Australia and England round out the tournament's top four seeds, respectively. The semifinal round will be contested Friday, with the World Cup gold medal game scheduled for Saturday at 3 p.m. ET.