Pergine, Italy - Katie Augustine (West Chester, Ohio/Miami University) had a goal and an assist, Amanda Abromson (Braintree, Mass./University of Massachusetts) added a single tally and goaltender Katie Vaughan (Pittsburgh, Pa./Penn State University) made 33 saves, but the U.S. Women's National University Team fell to Russia, 3-2, in a shootout this afternoon in the 2013 Winter World University Games semifinals.
"I thought we played a great hockey game," said Mo Stroemel, head coach of the 2013 U.S. Women's National University Team. "It was a tough game, but we did everything we wanted to do. I'm absolutely proud of the way our girls played, and we're looking forward to the next game."
Augustine opened the scoring at 4:40 of the first period when she found the back of the net for an even-strength, unassisted goal.
Team Russia battled back and converted on a late first-period power play to send the contest to the first intermission knotted at 1-1.
Abromson helped the U.S. regain the lead when she buried a power-play goal of her own at 7:01 of the middle frame. Morgan McGrath (Mayfield Village, Ohio/Miami University) and Augustine had assists on the play.
Russia again drew even with a power-play marker at the 19:46 mark of the second stanza.
Neither team scored in the third period or overtime, and the Russians outscored Team USA, 2-0, in the shootout.
The U.S. Women's National University Team will play Japan in the third-place game of the 2013 Winter World University Games on Friday (Dec. 20). Opening face-off is scheduled for 10 a.m. ET.