July 9, 2009
Prague, Czech Republic -
Two former Notre Dame women's lacrosse players recently participated in the 2009 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Women's Lacrosse World Cup that was held in Prague, Czech Republic from June 17 - June 27. Crysti Foote `06 and her younger sister, Julie `08 were members of the Canadian team that brought home the bronze medal, Canada's first World Cup medal since 1982. For Crysti, this was her second World Cup appearance while Julie was making her first appearance.
During the seven-game tournament that would see the United States capture the gold medal and Australia the silver, Canada was 2-2 in pool A play. Pool A featured the U.S., Australia, England and Japan. The 2-2 mark advanced the Canadians to the medal round where they defeated Wales in the quarterfinals, lost to Australia in the semifinals and then knocked off arch-rival, England to win the bronze.
Crysti Foote was a key member of Canada's attack throughout the tournament and finished second on the team in scoring with 12 goals and seven assists for 19 points with her 12 goals ranking second on the squad to top scorer Dana Dobbie (18-3-21). Julie Foote played in all seven games and finished the tournament with two goals and no assists for two points.
Canada opened the tournament with losses to both Australia (16-11) and the United States (11-4) before rallying with wins over England and Japan. In the 10-9 win over England, Crysti Foote scored two goals and set up a pair, including one by her sister Julie that tied the game at 2-2 in the first half.
The elder Foote then paced Team Canada to a 23-12 win over Japan to close out pool play. In that game, Crysti led the Canadians with five goals and three assists for eight points on the way to Game MVP honors. She scored the first goal of the game and following three consecutive goals by Japan, Foote set up three straight Canada goals to give the Red and White the lead for good at 4-3. She would finish the half with three goals and three assists before adding two goals in the second half. Julie notched her second goal of the tournament in the second half.
In medal round play, Canada knocked off Wales, 10-6, with Crysti Foote scoring one goal. She added a goal and an assist in the 12-10 loss to the Aussies in the semifinals and then chipped in two goals as Canada scored early and often in the 14-9 win for the bronze medal. This marked the third consecutive World Cup that England and Canada battled for the bronze with England winning in 2001 and 2005. In 2005, Crysti Foote led Canada in scoring with 20 goals and seven assists for 27 points.
Both players were born in Toronto, Ont., but grew up in Suffern, N.Y., where they were standout athletes at Suffern High School. Crysti, who is currently the assistant women's lacrosse coach at Columbia University, helped lead Notre Dame to its only trip to the NCAA Final Four in 2006 as she led the nation in goals (74) and points (114) and was the IWLCA attack player of the year and a finalist for the Tewaaraton Trophy. A two-time All-American (2005, 2006), she finished her career as the all-time leader in goals (161), assists (76) and points (237), records that have been broken since.
Julie, who is an associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLC, played in 16 games during her Notre Dame career, scoring four goals with two assists for six points.
Crysti and Julie Foote are the daughters of Bill and Wende Foote of Suffern, N.Y. Their father is a member of the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame and a former professional lacrosse player.