From Niagara University

WROCLAW, Poland – The Team USA women’s lacrosse team earned its second gold medal in nine days on Sunday, defeating Team Canada 11-8 to take gold at The World Games in Poland. Niagara women’s lacrosse assistant coach Alice Mercer, a defender for the Americans, was named the MVP of the championship match.

While Team USA led 6-4 at halftime of the gold medal game, Canada struck back with two goals in the opening 5:30 of the second half to tie the game. From that point, however, Mercer and Team USA held Canada without a goal for over 24 minutes, while the offense scored five times to take a lead they would not relinquish en route to the gold medal win by a final score of 11-8.

On the way to the gold medal game, Team USA picked up wins over host Poland (20-0) and Great Britain (14-6) in the preliminary round. Against Poland, Mercer scored three goals at the attacking end and also tallied three ground balls and two caused turnovers. The Americans again defeated Great Britain in the semifinal round, taking an 18-5 victory to advance to Sunday’s gold medal game against Canada.

2017 was the first year of competition in lacrosse at The World Games, an event held every four years by the International World Games Association (IWGA), which is formally recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The World Games features 31 sports not included in IOC programming with athletes coming from more than 100 countries.

The gold medal win for the Americans gave them two in the span of nine days. Team USA previously defeated Team Canada 10-5 on July 22 to win gold at the FIL Rathbones Women’s Lacrosse World Cup in Guildford, England.