LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Three current members of the University of Louisville women’s lacrosse team have earned spots on the Canadian National Team to compete at the 2013 Women’s Lacrosse World Cup, the Canadian Lacrosse Association announced.
Team Canada, which features an 18-member roster, includes current student-athletes Janaye Dzikewich and Kaylin Morissette and assistant coach Crysti Foote. Also, incoming freshman Stephanie McNamara was picked to represent Australia.
The event is scheduled for July 10-20 in Oshawa, Ontario, marking the first time Canada has served as host of the event.
“Today is a great day for Louisville lacrosse with the announcement of three student-athletes being named to compete at the World Cup,” head coach Kellie Young said. “I am incredibly proud of our players, present and future, for making it to the elite level of our sport in their respective countries.
“To attend the World Cup this summer and be able to see Louisville on the field for two of the best lacrosse countries in the world is such a success for both the players and the University. I am also blessed to have such a prominent assistant coach in Crysti Foote, entering her third World Cup. She is one of the most well known players in the world. I will, without a doubt, be in Oshawa in July, covered in Louisville gear, cheering on the Cards.”
Foote is in her second season with the Cardinals after spending one season in the same role at her alma mater, Notre Dame. A highly decorate student-athlete, Foote was a two-time All-American, four-time all-region selection, garnered BIG EAST Attack Player of the Year once and was a three-time all-BIG EAST honoree. In 2006, the same season she was named the IWLCA's Attack Player of the Year, Foote was one of five Tewaaraton Trophy Finalists, an award presented to the top male and female collegiate lacrosse players in the country.
A two-time captain, Dzikewich has appeared in 36 games for the Cardinals and has been a stalwart on the team's backline, including the 2012 season, as she ranked second on the team in ground balls (35) and caused turnovers (21).
Morissette, a Bowmanville, Ontario, native, has made an immediate impact on the team. Through two games, she has four goals, four ground balls, seven draw controls and six caused turnovers. Prior to arriving in Louisville, at the national level, Morissette was a member of the U-19 Canadian National Lacrosse Team, earning the title of co-captain. In addition to helping the team win the bronze medal at the U-19 World Cup in Hannover, Germany, she was selected to the All-World Team and named MVP of the bronze medal game.
McNamara is a highly skilled defender, who will come to Louisville from Melbourne, Australia. Last year, she collected numerous accolades, including state league grand final MVP and an all-world team member.
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