Team Canada is one step closer to determining which athletes will represent their country at next summer’s 2017 FIL Women’s Lacrosse World Cup in Guildford, England.


A group of 41 women have moved onto the team’s next selection camp, which will take place at Tierney Field on the grounds of the newly minted US Lacrosse headquarters in Sparks, Maryland, later this fall.


The Team USA Fall Classic, which will be held during Thanksgiving weekend, will feature a series exhibition games against some of the best teams in the world. The defending world champions from the U.S. will be joined by Australia, 2005 gold medalists, and England, host nation of the 2017 tournament. The 2016 NCAA Division I lacrosse champion University of North Carolina Tar Heels, a powerhouse program in the college lacrosse circuit, will also take part.


“I don’t believe we’ve had a more competitive first tryout in the history of the senior national team,” admitted Team Canada veteran Dana Dobbie. “The level of talent on this roster, combined with the experience and knowledge from our coaching staff, is going to be a recipe for success.”


The team’s staff, led by head coach Scott Teeter and program director Gary Gait, were part of the group that helped filter through the 127 tryout applications that were received when the process started in late 2015. Of those applicants, 79 players were selected to participate in the team’s first identification camp, between August 17 and 21 at Syracuse University, after which nearly half of them were eliminated from contention.


“I was very impressed with the overall talent level during the tryouts,” stated Teeter, “but it made the selection of just 40 players very difficult. We still have a number of positional battles ongoing, which goes to show the depth of our program and how we’ve continued to develop as a lacrosse nation.”


The chairman of the Canadian national team programs, Dean French, whose has been involved with the high performance side of things for nearly a decade, has a theory as to why female lacrosse athletes from Canada have been getting better in recent years.


“It’s not surprising that many of the players selected have a background in both box lacrosse and field lacrosse. In 2015, 16 of the 18 players on Canada’s first U19 World Championship team had played both disciplines of lacrosse growing up.”


The select few that remain, many of whom are still actively playing NCAA lacrosse, will need to continue to hone their skills in hopes of being named to the final roster in the spring.


“Our women’s national team program, led by Gary, Scott, and his staff, are working hard to select the best team possible,” added Stu Aird, director of high performance and international relations for the Canadian Lacrosse Association. “With so many great players, it is surely an unenviable task, but we believe that the women fortunate enough to be chosen to represent Canada will be prepared to meet the challenge.”


Based on those currently on the list of players, the makeup of next year’s squad will be a passing of the guard of sorts, with youngster’s from last year’s gold medal winning U19 team visibly outnumbering those from Canada’s last senior women’s roster in 2013.


Lydia Sutton, who played for the senior team as a 17 year old in 2013, and Aurora Cordingley, who made the U19 team as a 15 year old in 2015, will lead the youth movement for a Canadian group looking to bring home gold from this event for the first time since its inception in 1982.  


A few national team veterans are still in the running, including United Women’s Lacrosse League (UWLX) members Dana Dobbie, Crysti Foote and Kaylin Morissette, as well as fellow 2013 World Cup alumnae Katie Guy, Emily Boissonneault and Katie Donohoe.


Lacrosse fans may also notice some familiar family names in the list, including Evans, Gait, Merrill, and Stroup.


“I’m looking forward to working with this team as we continue through this process,” remarked Teeter. “Our next camp will be another opportunity for us to work with the players to find the right combination for the World Cup.”


In addition to competing at the FIL World Cup, the 2017 national team will also have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to showcase their sport to a new global audience when lacrosse makes its multi-sport games debut at the 2017 World Games in Wroclaw, Poland. Canada will compete against the host country, as well as the USA, Australia, Great Britain, and Japan.


Please see below the full list of players, in alphabetical order of last name, invited to the next selection camp:


First Name Last Name Hometown Position Club School
Jacqueline Boissonneault Brooklin, ON Midfield Oshawa Lady Blue Knights Virginia Tech’15
Emily Boissonneault Brooklin, ON Midfield Oshawa Lady Blue Knights Detroit Mercy ’12
Ashley Bull Langley, BC Defense Maple Ridge Burrards Canisius ’16
Geneva Calder Toronto, ON Midfield Toronto Beaches William Smith ’16
Tessa Chad Orono, ON Attack Oshawa Lady Blue Knights Canisius ’19
Bianca Chevarie Brantford, ON Attack Six Nations Syracuse ’23
Samantha Cock Terra Cotta, ON Defense Brampton Excelsiors Limestone ’14
Bailey Collins Guelph, ON Defense Orangeville Northmen Niagara ’19
Aurora Cordingley Oakville, ON Midfield Oakville Lady Hawks Johns Hopkins ’21
Julie Cryderman Bowmanville, ON Attack Oshawa Lady Blue Knights Albany ’16
Cian Dabrowski Amaranth, ON Attack Orangeville Northmen Ohio State ’16
Allison Daley Peterborough, ON Goalie Kawartha Lacrosse Club Canisius ’11
Dana Dobbie Fergus, ON Attack Orangeville Northmen Maryland ’08
Katie Donohoe Peterborough, ON Goalie Kawartha Lacrosse Club Monmouth ’15
Erica Evans Peterborough, ON Midfield Kawartha Lacrosse Club Canisius ’18
Caitlin Fifield North Babylon, NY Attack Long Island Yellow Jackets Richmond ’13
Crysti Foote Mimico, ON Attack Mimico Mountaineers Notre Dame ’06
Taylor Gait Fayetteville, NY Midfield Christian Brothers Academy Syracuse ’16
Katie Guy Whitby, ON Defense Oshawa Lady Blue Knights Penn State ’13
Kameron Halsall Caledon, ON Goalie Orangeville Northmen Rutgers ’21
Eleanor Hilling Rochester, NY Goalie Lady Roc Notre Dame ’13
Quintin Hochbullen Longford Mills, ON Midfield Orillia Lady Knights Denver ’21
Avery Hogarth Mississauga, ON Defense Mimico Mountaineers Southern California ’19
Allie  Jimerson Irving, NY Attack Lady Roc Syracuse ’18
Megan Kinna Maple Ridge, BC Midfield Maple Ridge Burrards Northwestern ’20
Selena Lasota Campbell River, BC Midfield Campbell Rivers Raven Northwestern ’18
Holly Lloyd Glen Ridge, NJ Attack Building Blocks Lacrosse Club Loyola ’20
Kennedy Lynch Barrie, ON Midfield Skywalkers Lacrosse Club Maryland ’22
Casey Lyons Georgetown, ON Attack Halton Hills Bulldogs Delaware ’16
Nicole Martindale Brooklin, ON Attack Oshawa Lady Blue Knights Denver ’17
Tory Merrill Orangeville, ON Defense Orangeville Northmen Toronto’10
Claire Mills Oakville, ON Midfield Oakville Lady Hawks N/A
Victoria Moore Ottawa, ON Defense Revolution Lacrosse Club Yale ’17
Kay Morissette Bowmanville, ON Midfield Oshawa Lady Blue Knights Louisville ’16
Carly Quinn Orangeville, ON Attack Orangeville Northmen Canisius ’12
Tori Quinn Orangeville, ON Defense Orangeville Northmen Canisius ’15
Harlowe Steele Coquitlam, BC Defense Coquitlam Minor Lacrosse San Diego State ’19
Danita Stroup Port Coquitlam, BC Attack Port Coquitlam Saints Northwestern ’17
Lydia Sutton Minneapolis, MN Defense Minnesota Elite Southern California ’18
Brynne Yarranton Toronto, ON Defense Brampton Excelsiors Vermont ’17
Thalia Zolis Oakville, ON Defense Oakville Lady Hawks Robert Morris ’20