Winthrop lacrosse coach to face United States in World Cup

Posted July 18, 2013 7:36 am | Filed under Sports
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ROCK HILL, SC–Winthrop lacrosse coach John Sung will send his Haudenosaunee Nation against the top-seeded United States National Team on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the championship bracket at the 2013 FIL Women’s Lacrosse World Cup in Oshawa, Ontario.

Haudenosaunee advanced to Thursday’s 12:30 p.m. game against the U.S. by virtue of a 19-3 win over Ireland on Wednesday in the first round of the championship bracket. Sung’s team will enter the game with team USA with a 5-1 record after posting a 4-1 record in pool play to earn a No. 8 seed heading into the championship round. Three of its four pool play victories were lopsided as the squad comprised of native North Americans from six tribes opened with a 28-1 over Sweden on July 12 and followed that with a 25-0 shutout of Hong Kong a day later. After falling to eventual pool winner Japan, 15-11, on July 14, the Haudenosaunee rebounded to knock off Germany 16-9 and then closed out pool play with a 25-1 win over Austria.

“To have an opportunity to coach in the World Cup is an honor.
But to take your nation to its first ever quarterfinals is one of the
greatest things I have ever done as a head coach. ”
–Winthrop Lacrosse Coach John Sung

The U.S. team is undefeated with a 5-0 record and earned a bye into the second round. The winner of the U.S. vs. Haudenosaunee game will advance to the semi-finals of the winner’s bracket which will be played at 11:30 a.m. on Friday. The championship Gold Medal game will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The Bronze Medal game will precede the title game at 11:30.
“The initial goal for this 2013 World Cup was to finish in the top 8 countries,” said Sung, who guided Winthrop to a winning season (9-8) in its first year of collegiate competition. “By defeating Ireland, we accomplished our main goal. Now having this opportunity to play team USA is a great honor. They are the No. 1 team in the world and it maybe one of the hardest games to prep for, but the honor is unmatched. To have an opportunity to coach in the World Cup is an honor. But to take your nation to its first ever quarterfinals is one of the greatest things I have ever done as a head coach,” he said.

“So far it has been an unbelievable World Cup. No matter what the outcome is on Thursday we will continue to play to see where we rank out. With a win tomorrow we secure a top 4 finish and with a loss we will play for 5th through 8th place.”

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