February 5, 2011

UVM's Mackendrick Joins U-19 Team Canada

from press release

BURLINGTON, Vt. – University of Vermont freshman Karli Mackendrick has been named to the Canadian U19 National Women's Lacrosse Team. The Canadian Lacrosse Association made the announcement earlier this week.

Mackendrick is part of the final 18-player roster that will represent Canada at the 2011 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) U19 World Championships in Hannover, Germany from August 3-13.

Mackendrick, a defender, went through an 18-month selection process that began in Peterborough, Ontario and Langley, British Columbia at the national identification camps. Over the last few months the players competed in games against OUA and NCAA schools and participated in a final Christmas training camp.

"I am very excited to be selected to the final roster for the U19 team. It truly is an honor to be able to represent my country at such a prestigious event," said Mackendrick. "I have worked very hard over the past year to come back from a knee injury and I am glad to see my hard work pay off. I am really looking forward to this amazing experience."

Team Canada, which is coached by Scott Teeter, the head women's lacrosse coach at Canisius, features four players, including Mackendrick, currently in their first season as freshmen at NCAA schools.

Mackendrick came to Vermont from Whitby, Ontario. She played at Anderson C.V.I, the same high school Vermont head coach Jen Johnson attended. Johnson also served as head coach of the Canadian U19 National Team for the last World Cup in 2007 and lead Team Canada to a fourth place finish.

Mackendrick is the second Canadian recruit for the Catamounts in the program's history, joining former All-American Kristen Millar '09. Mackendrick won three provincial championships and was the team's rookie of the year as a freshman.

The 2011 FIL U19 World Championship will be the first time the event will be held in Europe. The last championship, in 2007, was played at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, where Canada finished fourth overall. Team Canada won the bronze medal in 2003 and 1999 and also finished fourth in the inaugural event in 1995.

The Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) was established in August 2008 in a merger of the men's and women's international lacrosse associations.

The Vermont Catamounts begin their 2011 season on February 19 at Massachusetts at 1 p.m.

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