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Marge Donovan helped the U.S. to a silver medal in Sixes at The World Games 2022 in Birmingham, Ala.

Seven Things to Note for USA at Super Sixes Event this Weekend

October 5, 2023
Brian Logue
Border Boys Media

The United States women’s team will compete in the Sixes discipline this weekend at the 2023 Women’s Super Sixes – Canada event in Oshawa, Ontario. It marks the first time the U.S. women have competed in Sixes since falling to Canada to 14-12 in the championship game of The World Games 2022 in Birmingham, Ala.

Here are seven things to note this weekend:

1. Who’s coming?

The four-team event includes host Canada, the Haudenosaunee Nation, Kenya and the United States. This will mark the first time the U.S. has competed against Keyna in any discipline.

2. When is the U.S. playing?

The U.S. opens its schedule on Friday, Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. against Kenya. On Saturday, the U.S. plays the Haudenosaunee at 11:30 a.m. and Canada at 4:30 p.m. The bronze medal game will be on Sunday at 10 a.m., followed by the gold medal game at 11:30 a.m.

3. Where can I watch?

All games will be streamed live on the World Lacrosse YouTube channel. A playlist will all of the event’s games is included here

4. Sixes experience.

The U.S. roster features two players that competed in both the Super Sixes in 2021 and The World Games 2022 – Marge Donovan and Sam Swart. Donovan, a defender in the field game who played at Princeton and Maryland before joining Athletes Unlimited this summer, had four assists in five games at The World Games.

Swart, who played both field hockey and lacrosse at Syracuse, is one of the U.S. team’s most experienced players in the Sixes discipline. Like Donovan, she competed in the first training camps with the Sixes program going back to 2021, and also played in The World Games. She had three goals and tied for second on the team with five assists in Birmingham.

5. Gold medal swagger.

The World Games happened immediately following the World Lacrosse Women’s Championship in 2022 and USA Lacrosse elected not to dual-roster any of its players. Three gold medalists – Dempsey Arsenault, Lizzie Colson and Ally Mastroiannni – will be playing in the Super Sixes event, their first time competing internationally in Sixes.

Arsenault has played with the U.S. Women’s National Team since 2018 and had six goals in helping the U.S. win the gold medal at the World Lacrosse championship in 2022. Colson was a defensive midfielder at the 2022 world championship and scored twice while helping the USA defense allow just 4.9 goals per game. Mastroianni led the U.S. women with 38 draw controls at the world championship and added four goals and three assists.

6. The box effect.

The U.S. is prepping for the 2024 World Lacrosse Box Championships and this Sixes team is coached by Crysti Foote, an assistant coach for the U.S. women’s box team. Seven of the 12 players on the U.S. Super Sixes roster are on the box training team – Erin Bakes, Marge Donovan, Emily Hawryschuk, Nicole Levy, Ally Mastroianni, Taylor Moreno and Courtney Taylor.

7. The lone goalie.

Taylor Moreno is the only goalie on the 12-player roster for the U.S. team, but she’s a great one. A member of the training team for the 2022 U.S. women’s senior team and now the 2024 U.S. women’s box team, Moreno’s star has risen even higher after her stellar career at North Carolina. For the last two seasons, Moreno has led the individual leaderboard for the Athletes Unlimited professional league.