Niagara women’s lacrosse coach Wendy Stone earned a few bragging rights over her counterpart at Canisius, Scott Teeter, on Saturday.
The United States team, coached by Stone, earned the gold medal in the FIL Rathbones Women’s Lacrosse World Cup. The Americans posted a 10-5 win over Canada, coached by Teeter, in Surrey, England. It was a rematch of the 2013 World Cup final.
The Americans had dominated the tournament, winning their first seven games by big margins. Game Eight was a bit closer. The USA started with a strong defensive effort, jumping out to an 8-1 lead in the first half. But Canada came back at the start of the second half with three straight goals, with Alie Jimerson - who played at Lake Shore - netting two of them. That gave the Americans a small cause for concern, but they answered with two straight goals to wrap up the win and the gold medal.
Erica Evans, who plays for Canisius College, also had two goals for Canada. Evans was named to the All-World Team after the final match of the tournament.
Duke graduate Sarah Bullard had three goals for the U.S. to pick up the Player of the Match honor. She’s been a part of the last three World Cup champions for the U.S., and also won an under-19 world championship in 2007.
“It’s really indescribable,” Bullard told USLacrosse.com. “Even after being through this a few times before, it’s different with every single group. I’m proud of how my teammates handled it out there today and throughout this whole tournament.”
Stone won her third World Cup as a member of the coaching staff, as she also contributed to U.S. wins in 2009 and 2013. Assistant coach Alice Mercer played for Team USA, and had two ground balls in the championship game.