June 18, 2009
PRAGUE, Czech Republic - Loyola's trio of women's lacrosse coaches will put their friendships and coaching camaraderie aside for the next 10 days and become fierce competitors.
Head Coach Jen Adams and her Australian teammates will attempt to recapture the Gold Medal they won four years ago in Annapolis, while her pair of assistants, Kylee White and Dana Dobbie, will suit up for the Canadian squad looking to unseat the team from Down Under.
Two Loyola alumna will compete at the event, as well. Sue Heether '90 is the head coach of the United States squad, and Stacey Morlang '02 is Adams' teammate for Australia.
For the Greyhound coaches, representing their countries is an honor like none other.
"To put on a uniform with `Australia' across the front, it almost gives you chills to think about," Adams said. "I have had the privilege of playing before, and it is still a huge honor. You want to play at the highest level possible while you are representing your country."
Adams starred on the Australian squad that unseated the Americans in 2005, winning the Gold Medal for the first time since 1986. She also played on the Australian team that took silver in Japan at the 2001 games. Adams was an All-World performer both times.
Dobbie will be making her first World Cup appearance - she was injured just prior to the 2005 games - and White will play in her third Cup.
"Representing Canada on an international setting has been a highlight for me," White said. "It's an amazing experience to hear your national anthem played and know that you are representing the entire nation."
White helped the Canadians to fourth-place finishes in each of their last two appearances, and she was nominated for All-World honors at both games.
For Dobbie, the 2009 Cup will be her first as a member of the Senior National Team. She helped the Canadian Junior U-19 team earn a bronze medal at the 2003 World Championships.
"Playing for Canada at the World Cup is something I have dreamed about since I was little," Dobbie said. "I think that you always imagine yourself scoring the big goal for your country."
Loyola is the only school in the nation with all three of its coaches playing in the World Cup.
Adams, White and Dobbie will not have to wait long to face each other on the field in Prague. Australia and Canada face off on the competition's first day, June 18.
"It was only our first year together at Loyola, but we became a really close staff in a short amount of time," Adams said. "For 60 minutes, we'll be competing as hard as we can, but when the game's over we're back to being friends. One, or two, of us will have office bragging rights, though."
For complete schedule and results information, visit www.lacrosseworldcup2009.com and follow along on loyolagreyhounds.com.