Sutton and Hogarth Named to Canadian Lacrosse National Team|
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Jan. 26, 2017
LOS ANGELES -- USC women's lacrosse junior defender Lydia Sutton (Minnetonka, Minn./The Blake School) and sophomore defender Avery Hogarth (Mississauga, Ontario/The Hill Academy) were each named to the 18-player Canadian Women's National Team roster that will compete at the 2017 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Women's World Cup, July 12-22, in Guildford, England. Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) women's senior team director and associate head coach Gary Gait finalized his roster and made the announcement on Thursday, Jan. 26.
"I am so excited for both Lydia and Avery to be able to represent their country in the World Cup this summer," said USC head coach Lindsey Munday. "They have each worked extremely hard, and I am so happy that it has paid off for them. I am so proud to have two more Trojans playing lacrosse at the highest level."
The athletes on the 25-player national training squad were evaluated by the team's coaching staff during a training camp in Syracuse, New York this past weekend, after which the final selections were made.
"We were thrilled with the effort of all 25 training squad athletes and congratulate the 18 named to the final roster that will travel to the World Cup in England," said Gait. "This team is extremely dynamic and athletic, and will be ready to compete against the best in the world."
This roster announcement brings an end to a lengthy team selection process that began in late 2015 and saw an initial pool of 127 applicants from across the country narrowed down after tryouts in August, at the University of Syracuse, and October, at the Team USA Fall Classic in Baltimore, Maryland.
"The tryouts were highly competitive and the final selection process was extremely difficult, but I am confident that we have chosen the best 18 players available," said Canadian head coach Scott Teeter. "These ladies give our senior women's team program the best chance to improve on our previous international results. We made it to the championship finals in 2013, but now it's our time to take the next step and bring home the gold medal!"
These world-class athletes, many of whom are no strangers to playing on the international stage, will look to guide Canada to its first ever world cup gold medal. Including Sutton, the final roster is comprised of seven members of the silver medal winning 2013 world cup team; and with Hogarth and Sutton, has six familiar faces from Canada's historic gold medal performance at the 2015 FIL U19 Women's Field Lacrosse World Championship.
Sutton was a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) All-Conference second-team selection in 2016 and was chosen for Defensive Player of the Week honors on March 8. She was a member of Canada's senior national team in 2013 and helped her squad reach the title game and earn the country's first-ever world cup silver medals. In her breakout sophomore season, Sutton caused 28 turnovers (second on the team) and picked up 37 ground balls (third on the team).
Hogarth is a transfer to the USC program from Vermont where she started all 16 games as a freshman in 2016 and earned America East All-Rookie Team honors. She was a defensive anchor for the Catamounts and completed her season at Vermont with 19 ground balls and nine caused turnovers. Hogarth was a member of Canada's gold-medal U19 squad in 2015.
Canada fell to the United States, 19-5, on home soil (Oshawa, Ontario), in the 2013 FIL World Cup title game. It was the country's first silver-medal finish in the event. Previously, the Canadians had finished third two other times: in 2009, and in the inaugural World Cup in 1982. Canada has also had five fourth-place finishes and was fifth (1997) in its worst World Cup showing.
The two Canadian national team selections up's the Trojans' total participants in the 2017 World Cup to four. Junior goaltender Gussie Johns and associate head coach Devon Wills were each named to the U.S. Women's National Team last week. The U.S. has won gold in each of the last two World Championship tournaments and is a seven-time world champion. The Americans have taken silver only twice since the inception of the world tournament (1986, 2005) and lost each time to Australia.
USC opens the 2017 season on Saturday, Feb. 11, when it hosts Saint Mary's College at McAlister Field for a noon PT game. The league's top-six finishers in the final regular-season standings advanced to the MPSF Championship Tournament, hosted by USC (April 27-30), in Los Angeles.
In 2016, USC (20-1 overall) had a record-setting season, in which the Trojans won the MPSF regular season (9-0) and tournament championships. The Women of Troy earned the No. 5 seed in the NCAA championship and advanced to the quarterfinal where they fell in overtime to Syracuse. It was the furthest any team from the MPSF had ever gone in the NCAA tourney. Munday was named MPSF Coach of the Year for the second straight season and reached the 50-win plateau in her fourth year at the helm (51-26 overall).
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