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Strong finish at 4NC, looking toward PanAms

July 25, 2011 | Field Hockey Canada |

Team Canada finishes strong atthe 4 Nation Classic, looks toward Pan American Games 

Vancouver, July 24 – Team Canada Men end the 4 Nation Classic in first place with a 5 – 2 win over Chile, remaining undefeated throughout the tournament.  The Women’s National Team came out strong against Trinidad and Tobago in their final match, winning 6 – 1 and earning a third place finish.

“Our victory over Chile is a great way to end the tournament,” said Mark Pearson (Tsawwassen, BC), who reached 100 international caps for Canada today.  “We had a rough first half, but after a good team talk at half-time we were able to finish strong.  After this series, we are looking forward to our European tour where we will encounter some good competition.” 

When asked about Pearson’s 100 cap milestone, Robin D’Abreo, Men’s Head Coach explained, “Mark is just finding out exactly what he is capable of at the international level.  He is an athlete that represents the kind of dedication and talent that we hope to see more of in the years to come.  He is developing as a leader, and I know he is going to continue to do really good things for us.” 

The women also tasted victory today, lead by Team Captain Katie Baker (Argyle Shore, PEI), who played her 100th international cap for Canada. 

“Today’s victory was a solid team effort,” said Brienne Stairs, (Kitchener, ON) who scored two goals today.  “We were able to bounce back after yesterday’s tough loss by working together and communicating.”  

“It was really important to come out strong today, and we did,” said Baker.  “But we still have a lot to work on before the Pan Ams.  Next week’s test series against Japan will be a great opportunity to prepare.” 

“Katie’s dedication and work ethic have not only made her the best player on our team, but one of the best players in Pan America,” said Head Coach Louis Mendonca.  “Katie has done a tremendous job with the team.  Her leadership has brought the team together and helped create a positive atmosphere.  This will take us far in the Pan Ams” 

“I am proud to have played 100 matches for Canada,” said Baker.  “I’m proud to be on this team, to be a part of something special.” 

The 4 Nation Classic was an opportunity for Team Canada to experience elite level competition in preparation for the upcoming Pan American Games in October.  A victory in Guadalajara would mean an automatic berth to the 2012 Olympic Games in London.