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Smiddy Picks Up Two Points, United States Rips Spain 9-1




Miami's Kaley Mooney posted a hat trick while Colorado State's Molly O'Neil added a pair of goals with an assist as the U.S. National University Select Team dominated Spain 9-1 on Monday afternoon. The contest between the previously-eliminated sides closed Group A play at the World University Games in Granada, Spain.

Team USA finishes 1-2-0 in the pool after dropping its first two games to China and Japan, while Spain closes at 0-3-0.

Emily Ford (Vermont) cranked up the American offense just 1:58 in with a nifty dangle to the middle and bury from O'Neil's feed. That was followed by UMass's Caleigh LaBossiere, Mooney's first and both of O'Neil's tallies, the second of those with 0:06 remaining in the period for a 5-0 lead headed back to the locker room. Goal scoring wasn't the only U.S.-dominated statistic in the frame, as Michigan State goalie Maria Barlow did not face a single shot (and would only see two over the entire match).

Penn State senior defenseman Madison Smiddy was a key part of an early second period sequence that helped swing momentum back in Team USA's favor after Spain's best stretch of the game. The hosts' Vanesa Abrisqueta hammered home a shot from the high slot to trim the margin to 5-1 within the first minute, and Morgan McGrath (Miami) compounded things by taking a tripping call shortly after. Just 22 seconds into the penalty kill however, Smiddy drew a trip to Alba Calero while carrying out of the defensive zone to bring the teams back to even strength. Then, during four-on-four action, she collected a secondary assist on a goal by Miami's Hayley Williams to make the score 6-1.

Reigning Zoe M. Harris Award winner Williams would close with that goal and two assists, while UMass' Paige Harrington collected a trio of helpers.

Later in the second period, Smiddy did the honors herself on a drive from the top of the left circle that appeared to take a deflection in front, with assists going to both Williams and Harrington. That marker ultimately closed the day's scoring at 9-1 after a low-key third period involving both teams playing for the final horn. The left-handed blueliner was credited with four shots and a plus-three rating for the game, as well as being a key part of the squad's power play units that went three-for-five over the first two periods and three-for-eight overall. She now joins former Lady Icers forward Denise Rohlik as the only Penn State women to score a World University Games goal. Coincidentally, Rohlik also accomplished the feat against the host country, Turkey, on January 28, 2011. Smiddy's two points are bested by only four other defensemen in this year's tournament.

Team USA will wrap up its time abroad with classification games against both Kazakhstan (tomorrow at 2:30 p.m.) and Spain (Friday at 7:30 a.m.) to determine the fifth, sixth and seventh-place finishers in Granada. Meanwhile, Japan and China have advanced to semifinals from Group A, where they will battle Canada and Russia, respectively, on Wednesday.

Group A
GPWDL+/-GF:GAPts.
1
x - Japan
3
3
0
0
+15
16:1
9
2
x - China
3
2
0
1
+12
14:2
6
3
United States
3
1
0
2
+4
11:7
3
4
Spain
3
0
0
3
-31
1:32
0
X
Group B
GPWDL+/-GF:GAPts.
1
x - Russia
2
2
0
0
+13
15:2
9
2
x - Canada
2
1
0
1
+4
8:4
4.5
3
Kazakhstan
2
0
0
2
-17
2:19
0
x - clinched semifinal berth

Date 
Opponent
Time (ET)Coverage/Result
Thu. Feb. 5
China
11:00 a.m.
L 1-2
Sat. Feb. 7
Japan
11:00 a.m.
L 1-4
Mon. Feb. 9
Spain
2:30 p.m.
W 9-1
Tue. Feb. 10
Kazakhstan
2:30 p.m.
Fri. Feb. 13
Spain
7:30 a.m.

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