Author: Ben Somerford
Australia were dominant against Team USA, with 12-3 shots, 45-25 circle entries and more possession but had to wait until the final quarter to seal the win, having held a slender 1-0 lead until the 50th minute.
The win also completes Australia’s Pacific leg with seven points from three games, after wins over New Zealand and USA and a draw in Argentina, before losing in a shootout.
Malone was named Player of the Match after her brilliant backhand goal, before turning provider with two assists for Fitzpatrick in the final 15.
Malone said: "It felt really good. Coming off our shootout loss to Argentina it was great to get a win today.
“The US were fighting the whole time and it was neck and neck until that last quarter where we got a few goals."
The Hockeyroos are next in action in the FIH Pro League against China in Changzhou on Sunday 2 June.