OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Stevenson women's lacrosse alumni and volunteer assistant coach Carli Bafford '16 was one of 19 former student-athletes to compete for the USA D3 Elite South team at the World Cup Festival in Surrey, England from July 17-21.
Bafford received an invitation a year ago after being named to the 2016 IWLCA Division III All-Metro Region First Team as a senior. She was also named to the MAC Commonwealth First Team for the second consecutive season.
"Playing in the World Cup Festival was an experience I will cherish for the rest of my life," said
Bafford. "Not only because I had the opportunity to play with an awesome group of women from all over the country, but also because I was able to observe the cultures of other countries through the game of lacrosse."
Three teams traveled abroad for the United States, including the D1 Elite team and the D3 Elite North team. Bafford's D3 Elite South team played a total of nine games against Germany, East Japan, Kansai (Japan) Welsh Barbarians, Eire (Ireland) and England, Oxton.
The team also competed against the other two U.S. teams. Overall, the D3 Elite South team finished with a 10-1 record and advanced to the semifinals.
"I can definitely say it was my first time being on the field with an opponent who speaks a completely different language," explained Bafford. "People from all over the world came to support their family and friends, enjoy the games, and share their love for the game."
It wasn't all lacrosse for Bafford and her team. They were also able to take a few tours, including one in Oxford and one at Windsor Castle, which belongs to the Queen and the royal family.
"I never thought I could love lacrosse more than I already did, but this trip allowed me to develop a new appreciation for the game and its ability to bring people together."