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Wilson to Represent Capital and USA at FIL Women’s Lacrosse World Cup Showcase

Maddie Wilson '17 will represent Capital and The USA at the FIL Rothbones Women's Lacrosse World Cup on one of two showcase teams in London, England this July.
Maddie Wilson '17 will represent Capital and The USA at the FIL Rothbones Women's Lacrosse World Cup on one of two showcase teams in London, England this July.

By Ryan Gasser, Capital University sports information director

As lacrosse has blossomed throughout all four corners of Ohio, so too has it on a global scale. Northeast Ohio donated one of its own to help grow women's lacrosse in Central Ohio, and now Capital University will have its colors represented along with the Red, White and Blue when Maddie Wilson '17 plays with Team USA at this year's D1 Elite Showcase as part of the 2017 Women's Lacrosse World Cup in London.

Recent graduate and former goaltender for Capital Women's Lacrosse Maddie Wilson is currently training and preparing for a trip across the pond to represent the United States of America on one of three women's lacrosse showcase teams. While the Chagrin Falls, Ohio native spent the last four years keeping the cage clean at the NCAA Division III level, Wilson will be playing with the Division I Elite team.

The 2017 FIL Rathbones Women's Lacrosse World Cup will be hosted at Surrey Sports Park (Guildford, England) between July 12 and 22. As a part of the 10-day celebration of the game of women's lacrosse, a large sub-tournament will be played to showcase additional talent outside of the primary national team.

To earn this opportunity, it took motivation and desire not just for playing the game, but also to travel and play with other women from across the country, and against those from all over the globe. That plus a solid playing resume.

To become eligible, a collegiate student-athlete must achieve a spot on her respective all-region team, or better. Then, the organizers of the trip will select those whom they will extend an invitation.

But the promotion from the D3 team to D1 Elite team, that was a surprise.

2017 D1 Elite Team Roster

Name

Pos.

Hometown (College)

Molly Morris

A

Silver Spring, Md. (Mount St. Mary's, Md.)

Cailin Pandolfi

A

Yorktown Heights, N.Y. (Union)

Taylor Catts

A

Longmeadow, Mass. (Kennesaw State)

Kristen Bandos

M

Bryn Mawr, Pa. (Georgetown)

Allison LaBeau

A

Mountain Lakes, N.J. (Lehigh)

Alexa Cambi

M

Longmeadow, Mass. (Boston University)

Teagan Northrup

M

Longmeadow, Mass. (New Hampshire)

Leah Peppelman

D

Downingtown, Pa. (Lockhaven)

Taylor Thomas

M

Winter Park, Fla. (Rollins)

Tyler Thomas

A

Winter Park, Fla. (Rollins)

Maddie Wilson

G

Chagrin Falls, Ohio (Capital)

Meghan Els

G

Commack, N.Y. (Castleton)

Kelsey Howard

A

Scarborough, Maine (Bentley)

Rachel Woods

D

Longmeadow, Mass. (George Mason)

Wilson was originally slated to play with one of two D3 Elite teams, comprised of some of the top talent in Division III. However, a goalkeeper vacancy on the D1 Elite team prompted a phone call from the team's coaching staff, which led to a promotion.

"I was very excited and definitely not expecting that. I am definitely more excited now because I'll see even better competition," said Wilson. "I am excited to see [the competition will be] even better."

She will join 15 women to comprise the D1 Elite team and serve as one of two goaltenders. All players on this team are member of NCAA Division I or II teams, with the exception of Wilson. Needless to say, the team's first meeting in England will be the first time she'll have met her own teammates. This does not phase Wilson.

"I am going to go into this with a brand new team, never having met anyone. I've done it before and it worked out just fine and I was excited," said Wilson. "I am not too concerned with not having played with them. As a goalie, it's the only position on the field that is an individual position so I do not need to learn each player as you would on attack. I am pretty outgoing so I am not too concerned about not clicking with my team."

While the primary USA women's lacrosse team will play the likes of Australia, host England, and rival Canada for the right to be crowned World Cup Champion, the D1 and D3 Elite teams will play multiple games over the course of the week to display the talent and growth of the game beyond a national level. The international field will include countries such as Germany, Japan, and various teams from around the United Kingdom, giving Wilson and her teammates the chance to interact and bond with women from other countries and cultures that share one commonalty … a passion for the game.

"The way I'm looking at it, it's going to be fun," said Wilson. "We're going to get to meet new people from different countries who all share the same love for lacrosse, and we're going to go out there and play. I'm not taking it too seriously, but I just want to have fun and learn something from the experience."

Networking, mingling and playing lacrosse will not be all Wilson and her teammates will get a chance to do. Team USA will also get the chance to sightsee around London with guided and unsupervised tours. They will have the chance to attend the World Cup Championship plus all of the opening and closing ceremonies for the tournament. This includes being in the presence of royalty.

As a part of the opening ceremony, Her Royal Highness Anne, daughter of Queen Elizabeth II, will attend the opening ceremony on July 12 before the first match of the tournament between host England and Wales.

Summer 2017 has been very active for Wilson outside of this recent opportunity. Following her graduation from Capital last month, Wilson has been on the prowl for her first professional postgraduate opportunity. Lacrosse continues to run through her veins as multiple opportunities for coaching could be on the horizon for the two-time all-region selection.

Up until the point Wilson leaves for England, there is training for the upcoming opportunity to play abroad. With the help of her brother, Johnny, and the coaching she is partaking in, Wilson is continuing to stay in playing shape and sharpen her hand-eye coordination for international competition.

My brother is actually a lacrosse goalie so we'll go up to [a nearby] field and he'll shoot on me, or his friends will," said Wilson. "When I coach lacrosse, sometimes I'll even suit up and let the high school girls shoot on me. I'm keeping my hand-eye coordination on point. I was told once that playing video games helps, so sometimes I'll play some NHL with my brother."

Wilson will leave the U.S. on July 15 to begin her international journey. Team USA's D1 Elite team will play its first game on July 17 against Germany.

To attest to the growing popularity of the sport, the championship round of the World Cup on July 22 has already sold out, per an announcement on May 12.

Related link: FIL Rathbones World Cup website

If you did not buy your tickets to follow Maddie and Team USA around England, that is okay. Plans are already being made for Maddie to regularly (and sometimes spontaneously) live stream some of her adventures using the mobile app Periscope to document her trip. Capital Athletics will be using Twitter and Periscope to share those experiences and post videos on the website, athletics.capital.edu. More details on Maddie's online adventures will be provided closer to the tournament.

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

The FIL currently holds five World Championships, each of which are held every four years: Men's World Lacrosse Championship Men's Under-19 World Lacrosse Championship Men's World Indoor Lacrosse Championship Women's Lacrosse World Cup Women's Under-19 World Lacrosse Championship.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – As lacrosse has blossomed throughout all four corners of Ohio, so too has it on a global scale. Northeast Ohio donated one of its own to help grow women's lacrosse in Central Ohio, and now Capital University will have its colors represented along with the Red, White and Blue when Maddie Wilson '17 plays with Team USA at this year's D1 Elite Showcase as part of the 2017 Women's Lacrosse World Cup in London.

Recent graduate and former goaltender for Capital Women's Lacrosse Maddie Wilson is currently training and preparing for a trip across the pond to represent the United States of America on one of three women's lacrosse showcase teams. While the Chagrin Falls, Ohio native spent the last four years keeping the cage clean at the NCAA Division III level, Wilson will be playing with the Division I Elite team.

The 2017 FIL Rathbones Women's Lacrosse World Cup will be hosted at Surrey Sports Park (Guildford, England) between July 12 and 22. As a part of the 10-day celebration of the game of women's lacrosse, a large sub-tournament will be played to showcase additional talent outside of the primary national team.

To earn this opportunity, it took motivation and desire not just for playing the game, but also to travel and play with other women from across the country, and against those from all over the globe. That plus a solid playing resume.

To become eligible, a collegiate student-athlete must achieve a spot on her respective all-region team, or better. Then, the organizers of the trip will select those whom they will extend an invitation.

But the promotion from the D3 team to D1 Elite team, that was a surprise.