This afternoon, Canada Lacrosse released its 18-woman roster for the 2017 FIL World Cup. It’s a team which is very much in play as the potential rival to the United States for top honors at the tournament, which will be played in England.
Of course, the crux of the senior team — Northwestern superstars Selena Lasota and Danita Stroup — were the stars of the U-19 World Cup team that beat the United States a couple of summers ago in Canada. They join with incoming Syracuse transfer Allie Jimerson to make what could be an unstoppable attack trio.
But it’s not just at attack where Canada is going to give teams trouble at the World Cup. At center, the Red Storm has one of the greatest centers in the history of the game, Dana Dobbie.
Dobbie is very much a late bloomer of a player, having had to make the decision to go away from her original college team, Ohio University, when the program disbanded. She took her considerable talents to the University of Maryland, whereupon she not only set the NCAA record for draw controls, but she also has played lights-out highlight-reel quality lacrosse for the Baltimore Ride of UWLX, finishing as the league’s leading scorer.
In addition, Canada has Kaylin Morrissette, one of the NCAA’s leading scorers last fall. One plus is that the Canadians have a healthy Taylor Gait. The daughter of all-time great Gary Gait, she has dedicated herself to the game despite multiple knee surgeries.
But the up-and-coming players to watch have to be Bianca Chevarie, a high-school sophomore from the Six Nations, and Claire Mills, a high-school junior from Oakville, Ont. Their play has been good enough to keep Aurora Cordingley, the incoming Johns Hopkins freshman, off the Team Canada roster.
And, lest we forget, Canada were the silver medalists from four years ago. I think they’re going to be an excellent side this summer.