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April 27, 1997

United States Drops Opener to Australia 6-4

Cavalier Alumna Cherie Greer Scores for Americans

EDOGAWA, Japan - The United States Women's Lacrosse Team, the 1993 World Cup Champions, lost its opening match today against the Australian team 6-4 in the round robin portion of the 1997 World Cup. The USA's Danielle Gallagher (William & Mary 1989, Manhasset H.S./Manhasset, N.Y.) scored the first goal to put the US up 1-0 and scored again to give the United States a 2-1 lead but the Australians scored four straight to take a lead they would not give up.

Gallagher's goal at the 18:35 mark of the first half opening the scoring in the contest. The Australians tied the score five minutes later, but the Americans answered quickly. Less than a minute after the Australian tally, Sarah Nelson (Harvard 1990, Topsfield, Mass) passed the ball to Gallagher who stuck it in the Australian net for a 2-1 lead.

The Australians got a goal with 22 seconds left in the first half to tie up the game.

In the second half, the Australians scored three unanswered goals before the Americans got on the board as Cherie Greer (Virginia 1994, Harriton H.S./Narbeth, Pa.) scored to pull the US to within two at 5-3. Kelly Amonte (Maryland 1996, Thayer Academy/Braintree, Mass.) scored less than a minute later to cut the margin to one, but the American rally fell short. The Australians added an insurance goal with just under five minutes remaining for the final score of 6-4.

The US does not get a break as it faces Wales in the second day of competition today, April 27.

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