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May 31, 2012

UHLFELDER TO COACH WITH TEAM CANADA IN 2013 WORLD CUP

By Michael Wells
 Sports Information Director
 

ONTARIO, CANADA — Occidental College women's lacrosse coach Michele Uhlfelder will serve as an assistant coach for Team Canada when the country hosts the 2013 Women's Lacrosse World Cup, the Canadian Lacrosse Association announced this week.

Uhlfelder, who won two gold medals for Team USA during her playing career, joins head coach Alexis Venechanos' staff for tournament that runs July 13-20 next summer in Oshawa, Ontario.

"I would like to thank coach Venechanos and the Canadian Lacrosse Association for this opportunity to be involved with the rich history of lacrosse in Canada, and for the chance to make a difference in the lives of many young women who will be inspired by watching their country's elite players compete for gold," Uhlfelder said. "It is truly exciting and humbling."

Uhlfelder and the Tigers made quite a bit of noise in just the program's third season. In 2012, Oxy went 13-4 overall, advanced to the SCIAC championship game and made its first NCAA Division III postseason appearance. At one point, Oxy won 10 games in a row during a winning streak that lasted nearly two months.

Uhlfelder, who does a lot of work with US Lacrosse to contribute to the growth of women's lacrosse across the country, said she was particularly excited about the opportunity to extend that reach.

"I had the opportunity to see how far I could take lacrosse and I am honored to help support other women who have the same dream — to represent their country, hear their anthem and wear a medal around their neck," Uhlfelder said. " This dream is universal and without boundaries or borders and that is what makes it an exciting opportunity for me."

Venechanos and the CLA sought out Uhlfelder for her playing experience and coaching expertise.

"Michele possesses a strong knowledge of the game and understands what it takes to develop the player and the person," Venechanos said in a press release. "Michele winning two gold medals in the World Cup will be very useful and valuable in all aspects of the program.

Uhlfelder will be with the team for their first evaluation camp this weekend.