TOWSON, Md. — For two weeks, the Towson University campus was filled with the best female lacrosse players on the planet. Now it all comes down to one more game – the 2022 Women’s World Lacrosse Championship Championship Game.
“It’s so exciting. It’s surreal. We’ve been waiting for these five years of preparation,” said American midfielder Lizzie Colson.
“It’s been about 1,800 days since the last world championship. The gold is in our heads,” added American midfielder Taylor Cummings.
The biggest women’s lacrosse competition in the world takes place on Saturday. Team USA will face their Canadian rival in the gold medal game of the tournament.
“It’s exciting that he’s finally here,” Colson said. “We’re ready to go. We want to move. We’ve worked hard for it, so we’re ready.”
29 countries competed for the top prize in the biggest world championship in the history of world lacrosse. More than 500 athletes participated. There are no surprises for the two remaining teams. The No. 1 seed, Team USA, is aiming for its fourth consecutive world title. The Americans captured the last two against the Canadians. They know they will be tested on Saturday.
“We know it’s going to be intense. We know it’s going to be top-level competition. They’re a really talented team,” Colson said.
The United States and Canada opened the tournament on June 29 with a 16-11 victory for the Americans.
The United States is trying to do something that has never been accomplished before in this tournament: win a title on home soil. Since the event’s inception 40 years ago, the Americans have played in each of the ten championship games. Eight times they have been crowned champions. In the other two, they were finalists. These second places were both as a host country.
“It’s something we’ve talked about from day one with this group, is that no team in the world has won at home,” head coach Jenny Levy said. “Not to get ahead of us, but I think it would be amazing if we could win [on Saturday].”
Incredible for our country and our state. Locals like Levy (Baltimore), former University of Maryland star Cummings (Ellicott City) and Colson (Manchester) are ready to defend their territory.
“To do it here in the United States, with all of our family and friends in the stands, I think it’s going to be just unparalleled,” Colson said. “There are a few girls on our team who are from Maryland. So to be able to be in our home country and represent is very special.”
Saturday’s league match will be played inside the Unitas Stadium. The opening puck drop is scheduled for noon. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2.
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