(Edinburgh, Scotland) The 2015 FIL Rathbones U19 Women’s World Lacrosse Championship is proving to be way too much for the faint of heart with yet another nail-biting sudden victory overtime game.
In today’s England-Australia nail-biter, it took four overtime periods to decide a winner. Knotted at 12 all at the end of regulation, Australia (2-2) and England (2-2) traded goals in the first overtime. Australia’s Ashtyn Hiron struck first at 3:59 in, and England’s Liv Wimpenny followed at 4:45. Then they played three consecutive three-minute overtimes tied at 13-13 before Ashtyn Hiron (2G 1A 3PTS) scored the golden goal¹ to win it for Australia 14-13 in the fourth overtime. Scoring leaders: Australia – Rebecca Lane (4G 3A 7PTS) and Stephanie Kelly (4G 1A 5PTS); England – Liv Wimpenny (3G 1A 4PTS), Tilly Shires (3G 1A 4PTS) and Alice Cranwell (3G 3PTS).
In other action, the Czech Republic (1-3) picked up its first victory with a 13-11 win over Finland (2-2). Japan (3-1) used a balanced offensive attack to snap Scotland’s (3-1) three-game winning streak with a 16-2 victory. Kyoko Kuwajima (3G 1A 4PTS) led the way along with five other Japanese players: Kaoru Hirano (2G 1A 3PTS), Sakura Hashizume (2G 1A 3PTS), with Asuka Noo, Narumi Nuku and Saki Sekiguchi (2G each).
Remaining winners were Germany over Colombia, Canada over Wales, New Zealand over the Republic of Korea and the United States over Israel.
Germany 18, Colombia 1
All times local to Edinburgh, Scotland. For Eastern (U.S.), subtract five hours
Common rest day – no games scheduled
All games are available via (pay-per-view) stream at 247.tv
United States 4-0
Czech Republic 1-3
New Zealand 2-2
Rep. of Korea 1-3
¹ Extra time involves three additional minutes of play each way, with a straight change of ends, for a total of six “extra” minutes of play. If after extra time the score is still tied, then three-minute halves are played on sudden victory basis (first goal, called the “golden goal,” wins).