Linville Gears Up For Coaching Duties With Canadian U-19 Team for World Games
June 8, 2011
Photo courtesy of Mark Campbell
NEWARK, Del. – During the first two weeks of August, University of Delaware women’s lacrosse coach Kateri Linville will exchange her Blue and Gold gear for Red and White.
Linville (at right) will serve as an assistant coach on the sidelines in Hanover, Germany this summer working with the U-19 Canadian National Team. She will work with head coach Scott Teeter and fellow assistants Tami Rayner and Scott Tucker.
"It is an honor to work with a talented coaching staff and to have the opportunity to coach the best players in Canada. Last weekend was the first time, since selections, we competed in an international exhibition game. We learned a lot about our team in the game against the U.S. I look forward to finalizing our game plan in the next two training camps. The team will be ready to compete for our first gold medal in Hanover,” said Linville of the opportunity.
Linville may not be the only University of Delaware representative on the international scene this summer. Rising junior standout Elena Delle Donne, a member of the women’s basketball team, is a finalist for the University Games to be held in Shenzhen, China. Recent graduate Michelle Drummonds is currently in tryout phase for the National Women’s Indoor Field Hockey Team.
The team will gather in Ontario, Canada on July 28 and hold practice sessions until the team leaves for Hanover, Germany on July 31.
Team Canada kicks off the World Championships in Pool A on Aug. 4 when it faces the Haudenosaunee representatives. The Canadian team holds a 1-0 advantage in the first-round series against the Haudenosaunee.
In the second round on Aug. 5, Linville and the Canadians will take on the powerhouse and defending champion, Team USA. The American side holds a 4-0 advantage over Canada in the initial rounds, but the Canadians have already seen Team USA once this spring.
“Team USA has a lot of firepower. We (Canada) went down 5-0 against them early in the first half. We made some adjustments in the defense and on the draw. The team did a great job of implementing the game plan in the second half to narrow the margin of victory. We will use this game to get better,” said Linville of the scrimmage two weeks ago.
After the rematch with Team USA, the Canadian’s take on England in the nightcap on Aug. 6., Linville has seen the English team once already this season as Delaware scrimmaged Team England in February. The U-19 Canadian team is 2-2 versus the English during pool play.
Playing their fourth game in four days, the Canadians will take on Australia on Aug. 7, prior to a day of rest on Aug. 8. After the break, Team Canada picks up right where it left off and faces Japan, a team the Canadians have never lost to with a 3-0 record.
Following pool play, the teams will be reseeded. Pool A, which Team Canada will be playing in, gets all six teams into the quarterfinals, while the top two teams from pool B, which consists of the Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland and Wales, will be the seven and eight seeds.
The quarterfinals will run from Aug. 10-11, followed by the semifinals on Aug. 12 and the fifth/sixth place game, the bronze medal match and the championship game on Aug. 13.Back To Women's Lacrosse Home Women's Lacrosse Story Archive