Editor’s note: This article is courtesy of the Minnesota Elite Lacrosse club. The Minnesota Elite blog site is located here.
TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 7/9/13
Minnesota Elite ’14 team member Lydia Sutton is playing in the FIL Women’s Lacrosse World Cup as the youngest player on the Women’s Canadian National Team. Sutton, who helped lead The Blake School to the Minnesota state championship and is committed to USC, left June 30th to join her teammates in Oshawa, Ontario, where they are training prior to the start of the World Cup. The event begins on July 10th with Opening Ceremonies, followed by 10 days of games.
We caught up with Lydia after the first week of training.
Q: What’s it like training for the World Cup?
Sutton: “It’s pretty hard core. I’m training with top level athletes so nothing is ever taken easy. We train for 6-8 hours every day and the sessions all depend on how we do. The second we mess up everything starts over from the beginning and sometimes it feels like I never stop moving my feet. But that’s what we need; we have to be able to practice the way we want to play in games and if we don’t have a good practice we can’t expect anything better.”
Q: What’s it like going from high school lacrosse to the World Cup?
Sutton: “Going from high school level lacrosse to national level lacrosse was obviously a huge jump for me, but it is also definitely a huge learning experience. Not many girls my age get the experience that I am getting and I am grateful for that.”
Q: You are the youngest player on Canada’s team, what’s that like for you?
Sutton: “Being the youngest I am obviously treated as the youngest, but I like knowing that everyone is always looking out for me and making sure I know exactly what I need to know. I am so grateful for my teammates and their support. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of girls to spend my first World Cup with!”