NEWARK, Del. – The University of Delaware women's lacrosse team will continue to spread its love for the game this summer, but this time internationally, as the Blue Hens will travel to Switzerland from June 4-14.

“We are excited to be able to offer this tremendous once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our women's lacrosse student-athletes,” commented Delaware Athletics Director Chrissi Rawak.  “Due to the unique nature of collegiate athletics, our student-athletes do not always have the opportunity to take part in the University of Delaware's world-class study abroad program. This trip will allow our women's lacrosse team the chance to grow in a global learning environment while also taking advantage of the outstanding cultural experiences that Switzerland has to offer. International competition, team bonding and sharing the love of the game with the Swiss people will provide invaluable and lifelong memories.”

While in Switzerland, the Hens will not only train against international club opponents and compete against the Swiss national team as it gets ready for World Cup action, but also take part in youth clinics and international coaching programs while immersing in the local culture.

“I think this initiative is exciting and demonstrates Delaware's commitment to providing our student-athletes with an experience that aligns with our University's educational values,” head coach Kateri Linville '03 stated.  “It brings great pride to me and the program to know our alumnae, families, and friends are enthusiastic about our vision and willing to help me to create the ultimate DI experience with an unprecedented level of giving to the program. The opportunity to travel, play, and share the love of lacrosse in another country is the “next great” servant leadership story that our team has to tell.”

Daily updates from the team will be posted through the program's social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter in addition to  The Blue Hens will also have a one-day Snapchat takeover and participate in two Facebook live sessions where family, friends, alumni and fans can submit questions and interact with the team.

“It's simply amazing the support we've had from our donors and we're extremely grateful for their assistance as we embark on this global experience,” exclaimed Delaware senior and team co-captain Mary Abram (Wilmington, Del./Ursuline).  “It's exciting to be able to grow the game abroad and we cannot wait to interact with the Swiss and also help them prepare for the World Cup.  Being able to take part in this type of international competition while building team chemistry and sharing our love for the game is something that we will never forget.”

This trip is made possible by the philanthropic support of alumni, parents, family and friends.  To learn more on giving, please click here.

MEDIA CONTACT Maggie Hayon, Assistant Sports Information Director | | O: 302-831-6389 | C: 302-379-9181