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Blue Devils Shine in World Championships Pool Play
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Release: 08/06/2019
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PETERBOROUGH, Ontario – Three Blue Devils have helped guide their teams into the playoff round at the U19 Women’s Lacrosse World Championships in Peterborough, Ontario.

Maddie Jenner, Team USA
The United States clinched the top seed in Pool A Sunday with a 13-5 victory over Canada. A rising sophomore at Duke, Jenner was tabbed the Player of the Match after guiding the U.S. to a 15-7 advantage at the draw. She logged four draw controls in Sunday’s win, helping the U.S. squad take seven straight draws en route to a 9-1 halftime lead.

Jenner was also critical on the draw in an 18-2 defeat of England and a 12-4 win over Australia in pool play.

The U.S. faces Hong Kong Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET in the Round of 16. The contest will be streamed on Lax Sports Network.  

Ainsley Thurston, Team Canada
Ainsley Thurston, who will begin her freshman campaign at Duke this fall, has helped lead Canada into the Round of 16. She had two goals and one draw control in the squad’s tournament-opening 18-8 win over England and added two more draws as Canada eased past Australia, 7-5. On Sunday, Ainsley recorded a caused turnover as the squad came up short against the United States, rounding out pool play with a 2-1 ledger.

Canada takes on Korea in the playoff round Tuesday at 5 p.m. ET.

Hannah Thurston, Team England
Rising sophomore Hannah Thurston has had a successful run with England at the World Championships. She tallied a pair of goals in England’s opening contest against Canada and notched another in a loss to the U.S. England then bounced back with a thrilling 10-9 victory over Australia, with Hannah totaling one goal, three draw controls and one caused turnover in the win.

England earned an 18-9 win over China Tuesday morning in the Round of 16 behind one goal, one assist and seven draw controls by Hannah. The team advanced to Wednesday’s quarterfinals with the result.

For more on the U19 World Championships, visit the results page.

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