Towson, MD—There’s a Canada flag hanging on a floor in the dorms of Towson University. A little wrinkled from travel, but proudly hung amongst other red and white decorations - banners, maple leaf decals, a ‘poutine is our routine’ door sign, that signifies this floor as the one Team Canada will be residing on for the duration of the 2022 World Lacrosse Women’s World Championship.
But what marks it as different from the rest are the dozens of good luck messages scrawled across it, from young female lacrosse players back home. “You can, you will!” reads one—a reminder of who, and what, they’re playing for. It’s not just the pursuit of a gold medal, but settling in as role models on the highest stage to the next generation.
On July 29, Canada will meet Team USA for the first match-up of the competition. The excitement is palpable - over the last week, the team has bonded over group yoga, reading each other’s horoscopes, and training camp at a nearby high school, all the while blending new and veteran talent.
And now, we invite you to get to know the members of the 2022 Senior Women’s Canada National Lacrosse Team before competition. But don’t just take our word for it—we’ve asked the players to share what you should know about their teammates, ahead of tonight’s game.
Cordingley, a 2022 Tewaaraton Trophy Finalist and Maryland’s leading scorer as a graduate student, was also named a First Team IWLCA All-American, Big Ten Attacker of the Year, and First Team All-Big Ten. She started every game as the Terp's lead attacker and finished the season with 118 points (67 g, 51 a).
“What do you even say about Aurora that hasn’t been said? She’s one of the shiftiest and craftiest players I’ve ever seen. She inspires a lot of girls in our hometown, Oakville, to play at the highest level.” -Annabel Child
Dobbie is entering her 15th season as an assistant coach at Loyola, transforming the team into one of the top programs in Division I. A member of the Canadian National Team for almost two decades, she has been named to the All-World Team three times and was a two-time All-American and Tewaaraton Trophy finalist at Maryland. Dobbie concluded her Division I career as the NCAA’s all-time leader in draw controls with 334.
“Dana is a fearless leader I have looked up to since I started playing lacrosse. She hit me in the groin with a shot when I was about 15, told everyone I know that I made a save on THE Dana Dobbie.” -Kam Halsall
Jimerson, a Syracuse transfer, is playing in her fourth World Championship. At Syracuse, she was an integral part of the offense, adding dimension and stepping up in the wake of injuries. She finished her career with 59 points in 34 games played.
“Alie’s quiet but leads by example and has just absolutely brilliant lacrosse IQ.” -Bryar Hogg
A late addition to the roster, Morris is fresh off an outstanding senior season at Louisville. Hailing from Orillia, Ont., she was named to the IWLCA All-Region Second Team in 2022, and led the team in goals (56) and points (66).
“She’s a powerful attacker, a power player. Just get out of her way—I wouldn’t want to be the goalie standing in front of Hannah.” -Lydia Sutton
Baxter, who just wrapped up her sophomore season, played in 21 games and finished with 23 points. She has a career shot percentage of .422, and her speed and agility add clutch recovery time in the transition zone.
“We’ve grown up playing together, so it’s amazing to experience World Championships with her and see the player she’s become through training camp, and will continue to through this journey.” -Raegan Wilson.
Chevarie, coming off her junior season, played in all 21 games. One of the captains of the 2019 U19 Canadian team, Chevarie is willing to do what it takes to get the outcome she wants.
“She’s gritty, and speedy, and has a really good work ethic. It’s always good to have someone Bianca on your team instead of against,” said Nicole Perroni.
Child, fresh from her freshman season, says the COVID delay has given her the time to work on skills that otherwise would be overlooked during the busy lacrosse season. A two-year captain at The Hill Academy, she played in 13 games last season.
“Annabel is energetic, has a lot of grit, and she has sass. She’s a beast.” -Megan Kinna
Evans was recently named the head coach of the Trent Excalibur, led the 2015 U19 gold-medal team in goals, and was named to the All-World Team. In her graduate season at Maryland, she started all 23 games and tied for the team lead with 59 goals.
“She’s built to win. Every play is the right play, she’s who you want on your team, and you never want to play against her. I’m like, Erica Evans’ No.1 fan.” -Dana Dobbie
Kinna, whose senior season was cut short due to COVID-19, started all seven games and recorded career highs in the seven games that were played. She appeared in every game during her collegiate experience, starting in all but 3. Her speed and experience add depth to a young midfield, and Kinna sets up her teammates where they need to be.
“Megan Kinna: Fashion icon, elite dancer, funniest person alive, beast on the field, overall, absolute LEGEND. All caps.” -Jillian McNaughton
The youngest player on the team, McNaughton is missing her senior prom and high school graduation for World Championships. Her willingness to do the work—going for ground balls, setting up plays, and learning from her teammates is giving her an education unlike any other before she even puts on a college uniform.
“Jillian is a passionate and determined individual, who even though is the youngest on our team, has such a great presence and brings a positive outlook to everything.” -Erica Evans
A junior at Louisville, Perroni started 17 of 18 games, and was named to the IWLCA All-Region Second Team. She ranked second in the ACC in caused turnovers per game, a skill she will draw on in these championships.
“Nicole is one of the youngest on the field, but one of the most fearless and dynamic two-way players on our team. Critically underrated and will for sure turn heads during the tournament.” -Aurora Cordingley
Walker-Welch, a key contributor on defense for UNC and DI National Champion as a freshman, is a clutch two-way player for Canada. After spending much of her career playing box lacrosse, she uses those skills to get the jump on the competition.
“Brooklyn is a fierce competitor who makes her teammates better every time she steps on the field. Her athleticism on the defensive end makes even the best attackers hesitate to go to goal. She’s quick, can change direction on a dime, and always sees the heads-up plays. I’ve loved getting to know her off the field, and even found out she’s quite the artist! So lucky we get to rep the Canadian jersey together.” -Kay Morissette
Boissonneault, the first head coach in Pitt women’s lacrosse history, remains a dynamic player. She finished her collegiate career with 242 goals, and was inducted into the Detroit Mercy Athletics Hall of Fame in 2019. Under her leadership, Pitt made it to the quarterfinals of the 2022 ACC Women’s Lacrosse Championship in their first season, losing to the eventual DI champions North Carolina.
“You’d never want to be defended by her. Emily’s a leader, she’s loud, she’s gritty for every single ground ball, and she’s so inclusive of everyone on the team.” -Brooklyn Walker-Welch.
An assistant coach at Louisville, Morissette finished her career at the school as an IWLCA first-team All-American, first team IWLCA West Region, and Tewaaraton Trophy nominee. She started all 18 games, and led the team in goals, assists, and points.
“Kay recruited me as a young player at Canisius and brought me to Louisville. She’s always been there for me on and off the field, as a coach. And here, she’s my teammate but she’s also here for me as a coach, making sure I understand plays and systems. It’s such a special feeling.” -Hannah Morris
Shanahan, who led the Cardinals in her senior season in assists, holds the Louisville record for second-most assists in a game in program history with six. A member of the 2015 U19 gold medal team, she now coaches the next generation of lacrosse players in Mimico, Ont., giving back to the program that she played in.
“She’s a sneaky player, she’ll come out of nowhere and knock down balls, intercept passes. Attackers will think they have this great play set up, and next thing you know Brenna’s got the ball and is halfway down the field and you never even saw her coming.” -Bianca Chevarie
Sutton, captain of USC in her senior season, was named to the PAC12 All-Conference team, the IWLCA All-Region team, and was a member of the U19 2015 gold medal team. She’s spent the last five years coaching youth and middle school players in Minnesota.
“Lydia is a really hard worker, she has a really good IQ on the defensive end, she hustles, and she’s one of our hardest working players.” -Maddy Baxter
Eckert earned the starting spot in the cage for Oregon as a sophomore, opening all 18 games. She totaled 151 saves on the season, the fourth-most in a single season in school history.
“Cassidy is a super stable and confident goalie, she’s someone you want behind you on the defensive end. I’m always pumped to step on the field with her.” -Brenna Shanahan
Halsall was named to the America East All-Championship team in her junior year and was the starting goalie for the 2015 U19 gold medal team. In 33 games played, she had a save percentage of .459.
“She’s a monster, just an incredible goalie. I love playing for Kam—she’s confident, loud, and I can really rely on her when we make mistakes on defense to clean it up.”—Emily Boissonneault.
Just off her sophomore season, Hogg appeared in 16 games with 8 starts. In 30 games, she totaled 32 points, and was a member of the 2019 U19 silver medal-winning team.
“Bryar is a really hardworking player, she’s really fun to play with, and she’s so confident in herself.” -Alie Jimerson
Wilson finished the 2022 collegiate season in the top seven on the Pioneers in all three scoring categories, going 6-for-9 on free-position shots. In 15 games played, she has 16 points, and was a member of the 2019 U19 silver medal team.
“I’ve played with her forever, like literally for 10 years. Raegan is definitely someone I’d rather play with than against.” -Cassidy Eckert.
About Lacrosse Canada
Founded in 1867, Lacrosse Canada is the governing body responsible for all aspects of lacrosse in Canada. Our organization is comprised of 10 Member Associations representing nearly 85,000 individual participants, including coaches, officials, and athletes of all ages and abilities. Lacrosse Canada’s mission is to honour the sport of lacrosse and its unique nation-building heritage, by engaging our members, leading our partners, and providing opportunities for all Canadians to participate. Lacrosse Canada oversees the delivery of numerous national championships and the participation of Team Canada at all international events sanctioned by World Lacrosse. Lacrosse Canada is proud to be affiliated with partners that share the same vision and values, including our corporate partners - NormaTec Recovery Systems, RockTape, OPRO, Canadian Red Cross, Westjet, and Baron Rings - as well as our funding partners the Government of Canada, the Coaching Association of Canada, and the Canadian Lacrosse Foundation.
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