BALTIMORE - After three days of tryouts that featured more than 80 of the top women's lacrosse players in the country, two former Blue Devils have been selected to the 36-player roster for the 2012-14 U.S. women's national senior team. Midfielder Sarah Bullard (2011) and goalie Megan Huether (2006) will be among the 36 players in the training pool for the team that will defend Team USA's gold medal at the 2013 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Cup in Oshawa, Ontario.
Both Bullard and Huether are returning members of the U.S. national team pool after previously being selected to the team in 2009 and serving as a national team training member in 2011-12. Bullard was also a member of the 2007 U.S. women's national under-19 squad.
In total, 82 players representing 34 institutions participated in final tryouts on the campus of UMBC, held July 27-29 in Catonsville, Md. These individuals were evaluated by the U.S. women's national team coaching staff, led by Head Coach Ricky Fried, and the U.S. women's national team selection committee, chaired by Anne Phillips. The roster is comprised of representatives from 19 schools and includes 11 newcomers to the U.S. women's national team program.
The team will come together for several training events before the final 18-player FIL World Cup roster is announced in February 2013, including Stars & Stripes weekend (Calif.) in October 2012 and Champion Challenge (Fla.) in January 2013. The team will also conduct numerous national team player clinics throughout the year at various sites around the country.
The Team USA roster by position with collegiate alma maters and previous U.S. team experience noted is as follows:
Midfield Sarah Albrecht, Northwestern *^ Kelly Berger, James Madison ^ Sarah Bullard, Duke *^% Allyson Carey, Vanderbilt ^% Tatum Coffey, Penn State # Taylor D'Amore, Johns Hopkins Brittany Dashiell, Florida Grace Golden, William & Mary ^ Kristin Igoe, Boston College ^ Caitlyn McFadden, Maryland *^ Kelly McPartland, Maryland # Katie Schwarzmann, Maryland ^ Lauren Schwarzmann, Johns Hopkins ^ Laura Zimmermann, North Carolina ^
Defense Kelly Barnes, Georgetown Rebecca Block, Syracuse Kristen Carr, North Carolina ^ Amber Falcone, North Carolina *^ Katie Hertsch, Hofstra ^ Regina Oliver, Ohio State *^ Jennifer Russell, North Carolina ^ Iliana Sanza, Maryland
Goalie Liz Hogan, Syracuse Megan Huether, Duke *^ Kendall McBrearty, Virginia ^ Michaela Meagher, Florida Devon Wills, Dartmouth *^
* 2009 U.S. women's national team member ^ 2011-12 U.S. women's national training team member # 2011 U.S. women's national under-19 team member % 2007 U.S. women's national under-19 team member
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