Area trio make cut for Team Canada in women’s lacrosse

CanadaLacrosseThree players from the Golden Horseshoe have been named to the Canadian roster for the 2013 Women’s Lacrosse World Cup being held in Oshawa, July 10-20. Canada’s top female players will take on the world, vying for the gold against long-time rivals from the United States and Australia, and other countries, in field lacrosse.

On the roster of 18 players are Lydia Sutton of Oakville, who plays for the Minnesota Elite Girls Lacrosse team; Lindsey Svec (Hart) of Vineland, who plays in the Guelph Minor Lacrosse system; and Vanessa Vanderzalm of St. Catharines, who plays in the St. Kitts minor lacrosse program .

Alexis Venechanos, Canada’s national women’s head coach, along with assistant coaches Susan Stuart, Alex Kahoe and Michele Uhlfelder started the selection process last summer. In June and July the team trained and competed at the Oshawa Civic Fields, where the World Cup will be played.

In October, a roster of 25 was named to compete at US Lacrosse’s Stars and Stripes tournament at Stanford University, against the top world ranked teams – No. 1 U.S., No.2 Australia, and No. 4 England.

“Selecting the final roster for the World Cup has been one of the most thrilling yet toughest parts of our job,” said Venechanos. “The coaching staff has enjoyed working and coaching all of the players throughout the [selection] journey. We have selected the 18 players we feel will give Team Canada the edge come July,” she continued.

The final eighteen-player roster will represent Canada as the FIL Women’s Lacrosse World Cup comes to Canada for the first time. Canada is currently ranked third in the world in senior women’s field, with their most recent bronze being claimed in Prague (Czech Republic) during the 2009 FIL Women’s Lacrosse World Cup.

With the competition moving to this side of the Atlantic, Team Canada is looking to climb to the top as 19 countries embark on Oshawa.