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May 30, 2007 — The inability to predict

Early this week, the 2007 U-19 World Cup team was chosen for the quadrennial girls’ lacrosse tournament which will be held this summer in Canada.

Usually, being a World Cup team member is an indicator of individual and team greatness at the next level.

The 2003 U19 World Cup team sent all 16 members to Division I schools, and, four years on, 14 out of the 16 team members were on teams that made the 2007 NCAA Tournament.

However, none of the team members went to Northwestern. Only one of the 16 team members has won an NCAA championship. That was when Megan Havrilla played on the University of Virginia team which won the 2004 championship game.

It’s not as though the other team members haven’t tried; Duke, a team with five U-19 veterans, have been knocked out three consecutive years in the national semifinals.

Princeton, with two members, lost the 2004 title match to Havrilla’s Virginia team. Vanderbilt and Georgetown made the Final Four that year as well.

Now, I’ll be interested to see what the 16 members of the 2007 U-19 team do in college.

Even better, I’ll be interested to see what kind of presence Northwestern has on the 2009 World Cup team.