WASHINGTON - Georgetown University Head Women's Lacrosse Coach Ricky Fried and the U.S. Women's National Team withstood its toughest test of the tournament, defeating Canada, 10-5, in the gold medal game of the FIL Women’s World Cup on Saturday afternoon at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford, England.
The U.S. improved to 60-6-1 all-time in World Cup competition and clinched its eighth World Cup title, but not without getting all it could handle from Canada, which held the high-powered U.S. offense to its lowest output since an 8-7 win over Australia in the 2009 final.
Fried received his third World Cup gold and his second as a head coach. He was an assistant at the World Cup in 2009, and won as a head coach in 2013.
“For the last four years, the rest of the world has been trying to figure out how to get up to our level,” Fried said after Team USA won gold. “With that target, they didn’t back away. They continued to play their game, they continued to be aggressive and they continued to epitomize and show everybody what the game of lacrosse can look like, and in my opinion, should look like.”
The U.S. averaged nearly 18 goals per game coming into Saturday’s final, including a 17-3 victory over Canada in pool play. Team USA outshot Canada 16-4 in the first half but led just 5-1 at halftime. It looked like the U.S. would pull away early in the second half as three players scored in a span of 1:57 to put Fried’s squad ahead 8-1.
Canada answered with its own three-goal run with 9:50 remaining to make it 8-4. That’s the closest Canada would get, however. The United States added two more to make it 10-4 with 2:09 remaining. Canada scored at 1:25 to make the final 10-5.
This win was Team USA's eighth World Cup title, having reached the final in all 10 World Cup tournaments.