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July 13, 2004

The Americans won eight of the first nine draws of the game, including two by Kellie Thompson, and scored the first 13 goals of the game while holding Canada scoreless for the first 28 minutes of the contest en route to a 16-4 victory in the final game of the three-match series. The USA defense allowed only eight shots, and Sarah Hughes had a pair of caused turnovers and two saves while Michele DeJuliis had five ground balls to lead the Stars and Stripes. Julie Shaner led all scorers with four goals.

Thompson won the opening draw of the game but a wide shot gave the ball over to the Canadians. As Canada worked the ball upfield, Lucy DeStefano picked up an overthrow and worked the ball upfield to Kaiser, who eluded a defender and scored the opening goal at the 5:17 mark of the game. Kaiser started the second goal with a pickup of a loose ball in the midfield. She threw an outlet pass to Gina Sambus, who raced in for the goal three minutes later. Rachael Becker won the ensuing draw control and fed Thompson, whose shot hit the keeper but dribbled into the cage for a goal 38 seconds after Sambus’ goal. Shaner intercepted a Canada clearing pass and took it right upfield where she scored her first goal of the day at 11:42. Acacia Walker won the draw control and tossed the ball to Kinsley O’Garrow, who in turn fed Shaner for her second goal just 46 seconds after her first goal.

Bonnie Rosen won the next draw and the Americans advanced the ball into the arc where Quinn Carney drew a shooting space foul, which she converted just a minute after Shaner’s goal. Sarah Nelson then intercepted an attempted Canadian clear, and Thompson drew a foul on the way to the cage, scoring her second goal of the game at the halfway mark of the first period.

Shaner won the next draw and worked a give-and-go with Aumiller, who took the Shaner pass off the control and dumped it back into her as Shaner completed her hat trick with a goal 64 seconds after Thompson’s goal. Again she scored a second consecutive goal in a short amount of time as Kara Cooke picked up a loose ball and fed the ball to Shaner, who scored her fourth goal 73 seconds after her third. Hughes made her second save of the game to preserve the sutout and the Americans advanced the ball upfield where Carney eluded her defender and scored the USA’s tenth goal of the game with 10 minutes to play in the half.

DeStefano started the next scoring play with a ground ball pickup. The USA took the ball into the offensive zone where Crista Samaras fed DeJuliis for the Americans’ 11th goal of the game. Becker won her second draw of the game and got the ball to Sambus, who fed DeStefano on a drive to the cage to give the USA a dozen goals. Sarah Nelson won the ensuing draw control and took it to the cage before giving it up to Kaiser, who scored the Americans’ thirteenth goal of the game while keeping the Canadians off the scoreboard. Canada broke the drought with a goal at the 27:56 mark of the game with a marker by Linz Hart. The teams went into halftime with the USA holding a 13-1 lead.

The Canadians scored the opening goal of the second half as Hart fed fellow Ohio alumn Lynz Keyz for a goal 2:16 into the period, but the USA responded with a pair of goals in 2:11 as Elbe drove to the cage and Rosen took a feed from Cooke to the goal for the Americans’ 14th and 15th goals of the contest. A Kahoe save started the next play as Sommar took the ball upfield and dumped it off to Aumiller, who scored at the 48:56 mark for the USA’s final goal of the contest. Keyz scored her second goal of the game off a feed from Jen Johnson at 51:18 and three minutes later Hart scored an unassisted goal for the final score of 16-4.

With the win, the Americans sweep the series at 3-0. The two will next meet next June as the US hosts the IFWLA World Cup in Annapolis, MD at the Naval Academy.

Linescore	1	2	FCanada	1	3	4USA		13	3	16

Scoring summary:5:17 US Kaiser 1-08:52 US Sambus 2-09:30 US Thompson 3-011:42 US Shaner 4-012:28 US Shaner (O’Garrow) 5-013:27 US Carney (FP) 6-015:10 US Thompson (FP) 7-016:14 US Shaner (Aumiller) 8-017:26 US Shaner (Cooke) 9-020:01 US Carney 10-023:28 US DeJuliis (Samaras) 11-025:33 US DeStefano (Sambus) 12-026:01 US Kaiser (Nelson) 13-027:56 CA Hart 13-132:16 CA Keyz (Hart) 13-234:53 US Elbe 14-237:04 US Rosen 15-248:56 US Aumiller (Sommar) 16-251:18 CA Keyz (Johnson) 16-354:50 CA Hart 16-4

Goals: US: Shaner 4, Kaiser 2, Thompson 2, Carney 2, Sambus, DeJuliis, DeStefano, Aumiller, Elbe, Rosen

CA: Hart 2, Keyz 2

Assists: US: O’Garrow, Aumiller, Cooke, Samaras, Sambus, Nelson, Sommar CA: Johnson, Hart

Goalies: US: Sarah Hughes (30 mins, 2 saves, 0 GA); Alex Kahoe (30 mins, 2 saves, 2 GA) CA: Jen Cassidy (35 mins, 12 saves, 14 GA); Kristen Haldeman (15 mins, 1 save, 2 GA); Deb Halladay (10 mins, 1 save, 0 GA)

Draws: US 14, CA 8Shots: US 32, CA 8Groundballs: US 21, 11Caused turnovers: US 9, CA 2Turnovers: US 9, CA 17

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