Support through Sport UK got to check out day three of the Rathbones Women's Lacrosse World Cup...
 
Held at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford, the Women's Lacrosse World Cup began on 12th July and the final will be held on 22nd July. Twenty-five different nations are competing for the title of World Lacrosse Champions.
 
We headed along to day three of the championships to see how Wales, Scotland and England would fare in their various pool-stage matches.
 
The first home nations game that we supported was the Wales-Canada match, which promised to be a corker of a game given that both teams are top-five teams in the world rankings.
 
The first quarter of an hour was very low-scoring, due to some excellent defence and goalkeeping from both teams. However, during the 10-15 minutes before half-time, the Canadians had a real purple patch that secured them a 5-1 lead.
 
The second-half was more evenly-matched, with Ros Lloyd-Rout scoring a hatrick for the Welsh side. Each side scored five goals in total in the second half and so the Canadians' first-half goal blitz meant that they ultimately won the game 10-6. The Most Valuable Player award (similar to 'man of the match') went to Canada's Kay Morissette.
 
The second match involving home nations teams was the England-Scotland match...
 
England started the match with some serious intent, going two up in the first five minutes, courtesy of goals from Megan Whittle and Sophie Brett. A quarter of an hour later, however, Scotland managed to claw back one of those goals thanks to a lovely strike by Chess Gray. Unfortunately for Scotland, however, England responded to Gray's goal with gusto, racking up four more goals by the end of the first half.
 
In the second half, England scored a further eight goals and Scotland upped their tally to three - thus England took the win.
 
During the course of the match, England's Sophie Brett, Charl Lytollis, Olivia Hompe and Laura Merrifield scored two goals each and the Most Valuable Player award went to Camilla Hayes. A special mention should also go to the team's defence, which allowed the Scottish attackers little time on the ball.
 
All in all, the England performance against such a strong side as Scotland was really encouraging and it will be exciting to see how far the team can progress in the tournament.
 
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