Feb. 11, 2013
MADISON, Wis. – A pair of Badgers are escaping Wisconsin’s cold weather and ice this week to spend their time in Tampa Bay, Fla. -- but their motives are from that of someone looking for a vacation.
Former Badger women’s soccer player and 2012 second-team All-Big Ten honoree Monica Lam-Feist and current freshman Kinley McNicoll were chosen to participate in Canada’s first EXCELeration camp, which began on Feb. 8.
Lam-Feist and McNicoll were selected to the 23-player squad that will take part in the seven-day training camp that has been put in place by the Canadian coaching staff to help bridge the gap from the U-20 level to the senior program.
The developmental camps are intended to provide additional programming for university-based players looking to make the transition to the elite level of international football.
The youth-focused camps, which will primarily feature players from the U-18 to U-23 age groups, will also provide an opportunity to integrate players that have previously not been a part of Canada’s national team programs in recent months.
McNicoll, who earned 2012 Big Ten All-Freshman Team honors, is part of head coach Paula Wilkins’ stout 2012 freshman class which saw four of its 11 members earn starts this season for UW.
Lam-Feist completed her senior season this past fall, leading the Badgers to their third NCAA tournament in four years and finishing the season ranked tied for second on the team in goals (6) and third in points (13.)