In its fifth and final game of the round robin stage, the U.S. raced to a 20-7 victory over Australia at the 2011 FIL Under-19 Women’s World Championship, securing the No. 1 seed for the medal round. Attacker Cortney Fortunato led all scorers with five goals.
Madison Acton won Player of the Game honors, thanks to her three goals, two assists and solid transition play.
Playing against one of the toughest opponents in the field, and a traditional rival, the U.S. racked up its most goals in a single game for the tournament. Defensively, the Americans held the Australians to their lowest total of these World Games.
The game was played in an unseasonable downpour, but there was no dampening of Team USA’s spirits.
“It was a great display of lacrosse. We knew Australia was going to be very good and athletic, and they have a great coaching staff with Trish and Jen Adams,” said head coach Krystin Porcella. “Offensively, we were working our lanes to goal, and defensively, we were trying to encourage our players not to let that easy pass behind to disrupt what they wanted to do.”