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Hong Kong Women’s Lacrosse Qualifies For 2021 World Cup

The Hong Kong Women’s Lacrosse team was recently featured in the South China Morning Post, an English and Chinese newspaper that serves the Hong Kong area.

Author Nazvi Kareem profiled Hong Kong Women’s Lacrosse coach Jenifer Marrosou, a New Jersey native who moved to Hong Kong eight months ago to take over the reins of the team.

Marrosou recently led Hong Kong to a 9-3 win over Taiwan and a 16-4 win over China at the 2019 Asia Pacific Championship, while losing to the host nation South Korea 16-8.

That performance would be good enough for them to qualify for the World Cup in 2021 held at Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland.

Hong Kong has previously finished at No. 18 in the last two world cups — performances on which they will try to improve upon.

Marrosou spoke with the South China Morning Post about getting Hong Kong up to speed with the more elite countries.

It’s a question I get a lot [on how far behind are we] but it’s not so much that we are far off, it is more the years we are trying to play catch-up. Some of the American athletes I’ve worked with started as young as kindergarten, some younger because the sport is embedded in their family. But our lax IQ is there, our knowledge is there, the passion and dedication are all there. We just need to fit all the pieces of the puzzle so we can become one solid family unit,” Marrosou said.

Hong Kong Women’s Lacrosse will also compete at the 2019 U19 Women’s Lacrosse championships, held in Peterborough, Canada, next month in August.

Read the full article on the South China Morning Post’s website here.