Team Canada has selected the 25 players that will continue to train with the team in preparation for this summer’s 2017 FIL Rathbones Women’s Lacrosse World Cup. The latest round of cuts were made after a Thanksgiving weekend training camp at the Team USA Fall Classic in Baltimore, Maryland.
While Canada went winless in a series of exhibition games against some of the top lacrosse nations during the event, losing to Australia (13-10), England (7-6) and the U.S. (20-5), the staff used the games to evaluate the 41 women that were competing for a spot on the final roster.
“Our overall record does not show what we were taking out of this weekend,” said head coach Scott Teeter. “My staff and I were able further evaluate of all forty players, which provided us with some great insight as we continued through the process of selecting our final roster.”
It was also the first time Teeter and his staff had the opportunity to see their offensive and defensive systems implemented by the players outside of practice.
“We saw a number of players step up and buy into our systems and also had a few surprise performances,” he added. “It left us with a number of difficult decisions to make in order to narrow down our group.”
Nearly all of the players on the Top 25 roster have previously represented Team Canada, led by long time veterans Dana Dobbie and Crysti Foote. They will be joined by nine players from the 2015 gold medal winning U19 squad, as well as a few youngsters making their international debut, including the 15-year-old Bianca Chevarie and 16-year-old Claire Mills.
The team selection process has been ongoing for nearly a year, and with so many great players to choose from, narrowing it down was surely was not an easy task.
The staff received 127 tryout applications in late 2015, and of those 79 participated in the team’s first camp at Syracuse University in August. Roughly half were eliminated from contention afterwards, leaving the 41 players that took part in the most recent camp.
“The entire staff has worked tirelessly to select the 25 best players that will help us compete on the world stage,” said women’s field program director Gary Gait. “This talented and athletic group of athletes will help us compete for gold!”
Reflecting on the Fall Classic weekend, a positive Teeter was looking forward to getting back to work.
“Any time you get to play the other lacrosse powerhouses you get to see where your group is at,” he said. “We are heading in the right direction, but we have a lot of work to do.”
The coaching staff will have a few more opportunities to evaluate their roster and implement their systems, with training camps scheduled for January and May. They will need to cut the roster from 25 down to 18 in time for this summer’s 2017 FIL Women’s Lacrosse World Cup in Guildford, England and 2017 World Games in Wroclaw, Poland.