McMunn leads U.S. to win over Japan at U-19 lax championships
Recent Winters Mill graduate Erin McMunn (No. 20) scored six times on her birthday, as the U.S. opened the U-19 World Championships with a 19-5 win over Japan. (Photo from a practice last month at Cedar Lane Park by The Baltimore Sun's Lloyd Fox)
Erin McMunn celebrated her 18th birthday Thursday by scoring six goals and leading the three-time defending champion United States to a 19-5 victory over Japan in its opening game of the Federation of International Lacrosse Women's Under-19 World Championships in Hanover, Germany.
A 2011 Winters Mill graduate, McMunn, who also had two assists, was named Player of the Match. She was joined in the box score by two other 2011 All-Metro attackers, Jen Cook (McDonogh) with three goals and Covie Stanwick (Notre Dame Prep) with a goal and four assists, according to US Lacrosse. Defensive midfielder Dani Lazo (St. Mary's) had two ground balls and a draw control
Japan was within 6-4 in the first half, but the Americans reeled off eight straight goals to take command.
The U.S., which lost only one game in the four previous Under-19 championship tournaments, continues pool play Friday against Canada.
The Americans will also play England, Australia and Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) in pool play, with the top two teams in each pool advancing to the quarterfinals. The title game will be Aug. 3.
In Thursday's other results from the U.S.'s pool, Canada defeated the Haudenosaunee, 21-1, and Australia beat England, 15-10.
Canada midfielder Sofia Robins (McDonogh) had three draw controls and a caused turnover.
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