Hong Kong run out of steam in defeat by South Korea at women’s lacrosse World Cup

Travis Taylor’s side will face Colombia in the third-tier diamond division, which will determine places 17-25, after going down 14-7 to their Asian rivals

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 18 July, 2017, 10:28am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 18 July, 2017, 10:28am

Hong Kong missed out on qualification for the second-tier platinum division at the women’s lacrosse World Cup after losing 14-7 to South Korea in England on Monday.

Alex Tsai scored three goals for Travis Taylor’s side at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford, but South Korea proved too strong, having also beaten Hong Kong at the Asia-Pacific Championship last month.

Hong Kong, who finished 18th out of 19 teams four years ago in Canada, will now play Colombia in the third-tier diamond division, which will determine places 17-25.

Colombia finished bottom of the four-team pool E after suffering heavy defeats to New Zealand, Ireland and Sweden.

“Korea possessed the ball well against us and left us to play defence for large parts of the game,” said Hong Kong coach Taylor after seeing his side fail to add to Sunday’s 7-3 victory over Switzerland, following opening losses to Italy and Canadian nation Haudenosaunee in pool B.

“We ran out of steam late in the game, it has been a long tournament, so our energy was quite low.

“The girls really wanted to win and it was really heartbreaking in the end to lose to our rivals Korea.”

Hong Kong led 5-3 with less than seven minutes remaining in the first half, but a run of five unanswered goals before half-time handed South Korea a key 8-5 advantage before crucially outscoring Taylor’s side 6-2 in the second half.

Hui Ka-hei scored twice for Hong Kong, with Katherine Barker and Tang Yi-Ti-ting were also on target.