Feb. 4, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford women's lacrosse assistant coach Brooke McKenzie learned this week that she has made the Canadian national team that will compete in this year's Women's World Cup.
McKenzie was among 24 players vying for 18 spots on the final roster for the squad that will be among 16 to take part in Prague, Czech Republic, on June 18-27.
McKenzie, a first-year Stanford assistant, will be playing in her second World Cup, after helping Canada to its best-ever finish, fourth, in 2005 in Annapolis, Md. She made her national-team debut in 2003.
"I'm really excited about the opportunity," said McKenzie, who plays in the attack. "I'm very honored."
McKenzie grew up in Englewood, Colo., but is a native Canadian, having been born in Corner Brook on the island of Newfoundland. Her father, 1980 Pittsburgh Penguin draft pick Steve McKenzie, was playing minor-league hockey there.
McKenzie, who first played lacrosse as a sixth-grader, helped James Madison University to three Colonial Athletic Association championships and a pair of NCAA quarterfinal appearances before coaching for two years on current Stanford coach Amy Bokker's staff at George Mason.
Because the Canadian team will not meet until two weeks before the tournament, McKenzie will be left to train on her own. However, Bokker, who is also Canada's assistant coach, and Stanford strength and conditioning coach Dena Floyd have developed a workout regimen that McKenzie will follow.