LMO's Clare Lochary captures the parade of nations in Prague, where 16 teams converge for the 2009 FIL Women's World Cup.
An Austrian player prepares to lead her team into the FIL World Cup for the first time.
Bara (age 10) holds aloft the official flag of the umpires delegation.
Not to be outdone by their southern hemisphere sisters, the New Zealand delegation brought two mascots: Cohen the Kiwi and Larry the Lamb.
Haudenosaunee attacker/midfielder Jerrica Thomas-Hill smiles at her three-year-old son Wathahehhiake, who gets a boost from assistant coach Edward Clark.
Kehoe: Duke assistant Alex Kehoe (left) watches in delight as a Team Ireland teammate demonstrates some traditional step-dancing.
English midfielder Laura Merrifield sizes up the competition. Merrifield is a rising junior at the University of Maryland.
Meet Skippy, the Aussies mascot. (Skippy the Bush Kangaroo is an old Australian TV show thats basically Lassie with a kanga instead of a collie.)
Assistant coach June Sowden beams as the Haudenosaunee enter the area. (The Iroquois women were the undisputed best-dressed winners at the opening ceremonies. You cant beat their tribute to the native roots of the game, all the way over here in the Czech Republic.)
The U.S. team looks sharp in blue polos. US Lacrosse has tremendous confidence that the Americans will a) bring home the gold and b) not spill anything on those white linen pants over the next 10 days.