USA Team Update: Haber and Hansen Lead USA To Canada Cup Title
July 13, 2009
Surrey, B.C. - Current Cardinal outfielder Alissa Haber and shortstop Ashley Hansen shined last week in Surrey, British Columbia in their first appearances with the United States Women's National Team. Along with Stanford alum Lauren Lappin '06, the young duo helped lead Team USA to the 2009 Canada Cup Championship.
Haber and Hansen, two of only three players on the roster with collegiate eligibility remaining, quickly earned a spot in the starting lineup. Haber started 11 of the team's 12 games in left field, while Hansen made nine starts as a second baseman, right fielder, shortstop and designated player. Lappin, a 2008 Olympian, was the team's primary catcher throughout the tournament with nine starts behind the plate.
Haber was 11-for-29 (.379) with nine RBI in her 11 appearances, highlighted by a 3-for-3 outing with two runs, three RBI and a home run against Canada on July 6.
Hansen, the youngest member of the team, was 7-for-24 (.292) in her first national team event. Her week was highlighted by a 2-for-2, two run performance against Australia on the first day of the tournament.
Lappin was 4-for-22 (.182) at the plate, notched two doubles and registered what proved to be the game-winning triple in a fourth-inning comeback against host Canada on July 9.
Team USA cruised through eight round robin games, winning all but one by seven runs or more. The team then won three consecutive championship round games to reach yesterday's title game. In the championship, Team USA pulled a seventh-inning comeback to edge Canada, 3-2, and bring home the trophy. Lappin received the Suzy Brazney Award for the tournament's Most Outstanding Catcher.
Next up for the team is the KFC World Cup of Softball, which begins Thursday in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Later this summer, Haber and Lappin will be part of the roster for the Japan Cup, which takes place in Sendai, Japan, July 31-Aug. 2. Hansen will compete at the Pan American Qualifier in Maracay, Venezuela, July 31-Aug. 9.