SALISBURY’S Ruby Smith took part in the Lacrosse World Championships where England came away with a bronze medal.

England started off the tournament well, beating Scotland and Wales, however they then came up against tough opposition the world champions USA, Canada and Australia.

Despite some tough losses in the group, England managed to reach the quarter finals, facing Wales again for the second time and won convincingly, then played USA in the semi-finals.

But lost to the eventual winners, by 15 goals to 8, which was the most goals the USA conceded in the whole tournament.

This meant they had to face Australia again in the bronze medal match on Saturday, July 22.

Australia started strong going 4-1 up and leading 9-5 at half time. England battled and chipped away at them with the England crowds behind them all the way.

England levelled the game at 9-9 with 30 seconds left on the clock, which went extra time had to be played and the winner would be decided with a golden goal, which England scored with five seconds remaining on the clock England scored to win the game 10-9.

Smith said following the historic win: “It was the most amazing and intense lacrosse experience I had ever played in, England had won bronze at home.

“It was the culmination of four years hard work since the last World Cup in Canada, 2011 where England finished 4th. It has been a lot of hard work and a long journey alongside a new job, training, and other international tours, but it has definitely been worth it- all the hard work has paid off.”