March 8, 2006
OTTAWA, Ontario - The Canadian Lacrosse Association and Women's National Team Program have announced that former Ohio players, Jen Cassidy and Lynz Keys, have been named assistant coaches on Canada's U-19 Women's Team that will play in the 2007 IFWLA U-19 Championships.
Cassidy, a native of Whitby, Ontario, will bring her goalkeeping expertise to the U-19 squad. She was a player on the Canadian U-19 team that won a bronze medal in 1999. She also played for the Canadian Senior Women's Team in the World Cup. Since graduating from Ohio in 2004, she has been coaching the Provincial Junior Team, a team in which she won a National Championship with in 1997 as a player.
Cassidy ended her career as Ohio's all-time leader in every save category. She recorded 687 career saves and was ranked as high as 11th in the NCAA in save percentage. Cassidy owned a 10.63 career goals against average in a school-record 3,522 minutes of play.
Keys, also from Whitby, Ontario, graduated from Ohio in 2004 where she was a two-time captain. Keys was a teammate of Cassidy on both the 1997 Provincial Junior Team that won the National Championship and the Canadian Senior Women's Team that played in last year's World Cup. She is currently in her first season as an assistant coach at Longwood University in Virginia.
Keys remains in Ohio's top ten of six statistical categories for her career. She ranks second in goals (137), third in points (159), and fifth in draw controls (57). She also is second on the Bobcats' single-season goals list with 52 in 2004. As a senior, Keys was named to the Inside Lacrosse All-America Third Team.
The coaching appointments begin immediately and will run through the end of the 2007 IFWLA World U-19 Championships. The Championships will run from August 4 - 12, 2007 at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario.