Australia Loses Jen Adams to ACL Injury
|Jen Adams has been an All-World
player, but she will be restricted to sideline duties after tearing
her ACL last week.
© Kevin P. Tucker
Team Australia suffered a huge blow just a week before its first contest at the upcoming Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Women's World Cup when captain and All-World midfielder Jen Adams suffered a torn ACL while training with the team Thursday.
Adams, a 2012 inductee to the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame who led Australia to a World Cup championship in 2005 and a runner-up finish in 2009, will still attend the games in Oshawa, Ontario, but she will be confined to the sidelines, where she hopes to still help her squad as it goes for gold in a stacked Blue Division.
"I just hope that I can help out in whatever capacity I can," said Adams, who is the head coach of the Loyola University women's lacrosse team. "I was very excited to be out there with my team and physically ready, but hopefully they can take that next step and continue the journey on, even if I can't help them on the field."
According to Inside Lacrosse, which first reported the injury, Cass Cursaro has been added to the roster to replace Adams, her coach at Loyola.
Since making her debut and helping her team win gold at the 1995 U19 World Championship, the Brighton, South Australia native has been a fixture with the Aussies, leading all players in points in both the 2005 and 2009 senior tournaments.
The injury came on a routine play in practice, as she was taking a shot and planted her foot awkwardly. Though she would be in her late 30s for the next senior World Cup, which will take place in the summer of 2017, Adams would not rule out another run at taking the field for her country.
"There would have been a time that I might have said this was my last time," she said. "But prior to all this happening, I was given the advice to never go into something with the assumption that it would be my last one, and I had really adopted that for this tournament.
"Right now, we get surgery, and we get rehab. We'll just see how it feels in the future."
As for the immediate future, Adams plans to use her expertise as a coach to lend a hand to her country even though she can't be on the field with her teammates. She had just finished her first season at Loyola leading up to the 2009 World Cup after stints at Denver and Maryland as assistant and associate head coach, respectively, but she has five years of head coaching under her belt going into this event.
"I'm not a coach, I'm a player on the sideline," she said. "But the beauty is that the [Australian] coaching staff has great synergy. They're free and open and allow the players to have a lot of input and feedback. I can just help them by being able to communicate from the player's perspective.
"I don't necessarily think that things happen for a reason, but it's what you create out of a situation that matters. I can still captain this team. I just have to do it from a different perspective.