With an 11-8 win over Canada, the U.S. captured its fourth-straight World Lacrosse Women's Championship title on Saturday.
Led by UNC women's lacrosse head coach Jenny Levy, the US National Team roster features six former Tar Heels in midfielder Emily Parros (‘13), attacker Molly Hendrick (‘17), goalie Caylee Waters (‘17), midfielder Marie McCool (‘18), midfielder Ally Mastroianni (‘21) and defender Emma Trenchard (‘22).
Heading into bracket play at the 2022 World Lacrosse Women’s Championship in Towson, Maryland, these six players made up eight total North Carolina women’s lacrosse players, current and former, competing at the championship.
In the first round, the United States defeated Hong Kong with ease, winning 21-0. Five former Tar Heels recorded at least one point in the match. McCool led the pack with a hat trick and an assist, while Hendrick scored two goals and Parros netted one. Mastroianni and Trenchard each had an assist. Waters made the sole save of the game for the United States with her and Liz Hogan splitting the goalkeeping duties for the game.
In the quarterfinals, the U.S. topped Japan, 18-3. McCool had another impressive game, recording two goals and an assist. Mastroianni had a multi-point game of her own with an unassisted goal in the third quarter and an assist on a Sam Apuzzo goal earlier in the match. Hendrick would add a goal with 7:09 left in the game to give the U.S. a 16-3 lead.
In the semifinals, the United States rolled through Australia, 17-2, with Parros and Hendrick scoring a goal apiece and McCool adding an assist. Waters played the fourth quarter in goal for the U.S., saving three of the four shots she faced.
In the championship round, the U.S. faced a familiar foe in Canada. It was the third-straight time the two nations had met in the championship game.
The United States got out to an early 3-0 lead, thanks to two unassisted goals from McCool and one from Taylor Cummings. The U.S. held onto this early lead for the rest of the game, winning 11-8 to secure its fourth-straight championship and first-ever on home soil.
McCool had a hat trick, tied for the most goals in the game for the United States, while Parros had an assist. McCool finished the tournament with 20 goals and 17 draw controls, making the All-World team for her play in the tournament.