BETHLEHEM, Pa. – University of Delaware women’s lacrosse assistant coach Kristen Carr was joined by her U.S. Women’s National teammates last Saturday as Team USA defeated Canada, 19-5, before a packed house at the Ulrich Sports Complex at Lehigh University during the 80th anniversary of the US Lacrosse Women’s National Tournament.

In the exhibition contest, the U.S. team jumped out quickly on Canada and never let up in the victory.

Sarah Bullard (Duke ’11) registered the first of her three goals just 37 seconds into the contest, and after Canada’s Crysti Foote (Notre Dame ’06) scored to cut a U.S. lead to 2-1, Taylor D’Amore (Johns Hopkins ’14) tallied three straight for the U.S. to ignite an eight-goal run.

D’Amore finished the night with four goals and an assist.  She was one of several alternates on the U.S. team that stepped up with big games.  Brittany Dashiell (Florida ’13) posted three goals while Laura Zimmerman (North Carolina ’12) added a pair of assists.

“I think it says a lot about our program and a lot about them as individuals,” said U.S. team head coach Ricky Fried.  “They’re not focusing on the ‘I may be an alternate.’ They just focused on playing tonight.”

Danielle Etrasco (Boston University ’13) led all scorers with four goals and two assists while the U.S. goaltending trio of Devon Wills (Dartmouth ’06), Liz Hogan (Syracuse ’11) and Megan Huether (Duke ’06) was solid, combining to make seven saves.

“It’s our first step towards the World Cup,” commented Fried.  “I think the biggest thing we realized is that we need to remain focused the whole time.  I thought Canada changed some things up on the defensive end and I thought we got a little bit sloppy with our shooting.”

After two training camps in Baltimore (June 26-July 2) and Buffalo, N.Y. (July 5-7), the team will travel to Oshawa for the World Cup.

The U.S. women’s national team will look to defend its 2009 gold medal and earn its seventh overall world title, July 11-20, in Oshawa, Ontario.