Jan. 8, 2013
BALTIMORE - Five Greyhounds will represent the Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse program on the Australian National Team at the 2013 FIL World Cup in Oshawa, Canada in July. Greyhounds head coach Jen Adams will headline a roster that includes junior All-American Marlee Paton and former All-American Stacey Morlang ('03), in addition to redshirt junior Cassandra Cursaro and former Greyhound Kristen Stone ('08) as alternates.
"One of the greatest honors for any player is the chance to represent their country on the world stage," Adams said. "We are proud to have so many players with ties to Loyola continuing to play the game at the highest level. And while there has always been a strong history and pipeline between Loyola and Australia, that is exemplified by the representation on this year's World Cup roster. The opportunity to have such a talented Loyola membership representing our program in Oshawa is very exciting."
Australia has been a contender in the World Cup since it first started in 1982 and joins the United States as the only two countries to have won the tournament title, claiming gold in 1986 and 2005. At all eight previous tournaments, the Aussie team has been among the medalists, earning four silver (1982, 1997, 2001 and 2009) and two bronze (1989 and 1993) medals.
This will mark the fourth stint for Adams with the Australian National Team at a World Cup, while it will be the third for Morlang, second for Cursaro and Paton and first for Stone. Stone, a native of Buffalo, N.Y., is eligible to play as a non-national after spending the past two years serving as Australia's U21 Victorian Coach and the manager of the U19 Australian Men's Team.
Adams and Morlang, both two-time All-World players (2005 and 2009), are among four returning All-World honorees for Australia. Adams will serve as team captain this year, while Morlang will be a vice-captain.
In addition, Adams and Paton will also be joined on the travel squad by their siblings. Trish Adams will serve as an assistant coach, while Lyndsey Paton will be a field player.
"I think that representing your country is the highest honor of all and something I don't take for granted," Paton said. "It's especially special for me this year as a Hound to be able to play alongside Jen and Cassie, who I get to stand side-by-side with as our national anthem plays. I'm also really excited to play with my older sister, Lyndsey. This is her first time representing Australia at a senior level and our entire family is making the trip over to Canada to watch us."
The 2013 World Cup will be the first women's World Cup hosted by Canada and the second major international women's event to take place in the land of the Maple Leaf. The return of the World Cup to North America marks the third time the event will place on the continent; the United States served as the host in 1986 and 2005. Australia won both of those titles.
Pool play will begin on July 11 at the Civic Recreation Center with the quadrennial world champion being crowned on July 20.