University of Edinburgh student Chloe Carruthers cannot wait to captain Scotland in the FIL Rathbones under-19 Women’s World Championship lacrosse event which starts in the Capital tomorrow.
The tournament is taking place at the university playing fields over the next ten days with 14 teams battling it out for silverware.
Pool matches will take place from tomorrow until Sunday with the second phase – where teams play those from other pools – running from July 29 to August 1.
Carruthers, 19, has just finished her first year of studying geography at the University of Edinburgh and already has previous experience of playing in the big event.
She was just 15 in 2011 when Scotland played at the tournament in Hanover in Germany and she feels that memory will serve her well over the next few days.
“It is a real honour to be named captain of the team and I just want to do the best that I can and help everyone along the way,” she stated. “It was an amazing experience to play in the event four years ago and I think I learned a lot then. Going into this event, we have managed to spend quite a lot of time together as a group and we recently toured to Baltimore in the States, playing against some good school and college teams, so that was good preparation.
“Not many people get the chance to play for their country in a world event so we are all very excited that it is being held in Edinburgh and that lots of our friends and family will be able to come and watch.
“I would also encourage people who have perhaps not watched lacrosse before to come along and see how it is played because it is really fast and a lot happens – it is entertaining.
“In the last couple of years, we have seen the sport grow in this country and we think this event can help that continue too.”
Carruthers captained the national team earlier this year during the Home Internationals where Scotland faced off against England, Wales and Ireland. Other Capital-based players involved in the squad are Caroline Getley from Fettes College and Emily Woolcott from Loretto School while Ailie Groom and Chess Gray have been named as Carruthers’ vice-captains.
Scotland are in Pool B with Germany, Czech Republic, Finland and Columbia.
Their first match is against Germany tomorrow night at 7.30pm and midfielder Carruthers said: “We just cannot wait to get into the competitive matches now. Training has been going really well and there is a good team spirit and everyone in the side knows their own role.”
The USA, Australia and Canada are all in Pool A and they are expected to be amongst the favourites for the event.
England and Wales are also in that pool while Pool C is made up of Japan, Israel, New Zealand and the Republic of Korea. Kate Nelson-Lee, head coach of the Scottish team, said: “We have a great group of girls who will do Scotland proud. The players have worked incredibly hard on and off the field to be selected. The coaching staff are excited by the talent they have had to choose from and are looking forward to working with the squad in the coming weeks.”
Jane Claydon, president of Lacrosse Scotland, added: “Lacrosse Scotland is excited to be hosting the FIL Rathbones under-19 Women’s World Championship as 125 years ago, in 1890, lacrosse for women began at St Leonards School in St Andrews.
“It is exciting to celebrate this anniversary with international teams from all over the world.”
An international under-18 festival will run alongside the main event.
To follow the action, head down to Peffermill or visit www.u19wc2015.co.uk
Scotland under-19s squad: Chloe Carruthers, Susie Clements, Lucy Cran, Shona Drummond, Caroline Getley, Francesca Gray, Ailie Groom, Rosie Hazell, Tara Houston, Megan MacMillan, Heather Macrae, Nathalie Manser, Lucinda Maxwell, Lindsey Powrie, Benedicte Sampson, Isla Scott, Sarah Slater, Emily Woolcott.