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Jan. 10, 2016 — A split (squad) personality

The U.S. women’s national lacrosse team has been practicing and playing friendlies in Bradenton, Fla. this weekend. The national-team pool is currently at 36 players, so last night, the pool was to have been split in half so that half of the team could play Florida in an early game, then the other half would play Syracuse.

But because of a monsoon that made a mess out of the schedule, the split squads shared the pitch against Florida in a late game. The U.S. team featuring veterans Danielle Etrasco and Kelly Rabil played Florida to a 5-5 tie in the first half, then the second-half United States team, featuring Michelle Tumolo, Alyssa Leonard, and Kayla Treanor outpointed Florida in the second half 13-3.

This morning, there is more jumbling for the U.S. team as the split squads takes on Syracuse. Tumolo and Treanor join Katie Schwartzmann from the first half of yesterday’s match. Also, Devon Wills, who didn’t play a lot last night, will start the day in the goal cage.

After this weekend, U.S. head coach Ricky Fried will pick the 24 who will participate in a European tour this summer, a year before the next FIL Women’s World Cup in England.

I think it will be an interesting time for the U.S. program. With a professional league coming into being this summer, it will give an opportunity for some of the athletes not in the current pool to potentially showcase themselves in a competitive atmosphere.

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