DURHAM, N.C. – Junior forward Jessica Buttinger has been named to Canada’s roster for the 2013 Junior World Cup, which will be contested July 27-Aug. 4 in Mönchengladbach, Germany. Buttinger is one of 18 athletes selected to the squad, which will be directed by senior national head coach Ian Rutledge.
A native of Waterloo, Ontario, Buttinger was selected to Canada’s senior developmental team earlier this spring and also recently competed with the U-21 squad at Senior Nationals, helping the team capture the gold medal. During the fall of 2012, she was a member of the Canadian junior national team at the Junior Pan American Games, assisting Canada in qualifying for the upcoming Junior World Cup.
“I was blessed this past fall when I was given the opportunity to compete at the Pan American games for my country, with the full support of my team and coaches,” Buttinger said. “I really appreciate all the support I've gotten from my Duke family … It is an honor to be named to the Canadian team that is set to compete at the World Cup in Germany. I cannot wait to make my school and my country proud on our quest for World Cup gold.”
Buttinger has tallied 11 goals and five assists in 35 career games for the Blue Devils, including 11 points last season as a sophomore. She also garnered National Field Hockey Coaches Association Academic All-America accolades at the conclusion of the 2012 campaign.