Last weekend, a group of more than 101 trialists converged on the new U.S. Lacrosse facility in Sparks, Md. to try to make the national-team pool for the U.S. women’s national lacrosse team.
It was an important tryout for this group, chiefly because it would form the pool of 36 players which will eventually form the 18-member roster for next year’s FIL Women’s World Cup in England.
The roster includes a number of players who have just come off their United Women’s Lacrosse (UWLX) seasons, including league MVP Devon Wills, midfielders Kayla Treanor, Taylor Cummings, Alyssa Murray, and Katie Schwartzmann. There were also players who did not partake in the inaugural UWLX season who made the U.S. roster, such as Kelly Rabil and Laura Zimmerman.
There were a handful of undergraduates chosen, including the promising goalie Gussie Johns out of Southern Cal, two-sport athlete Maggie Bill out of North Carolina, and the youngest player on the team, Francesca Whitehurst of Georgetown.
The States will be looking to defend the title won four years ago with eight players (Wills, Rabil, Schwarzmann, Kristen Carr, Jenn Russell, Danielle Etrasco, Sarah Bullard, and Ally Carey) who were on the roster four years ago.
It will be interesting to see how the roster released over the weekend will evolve over the fall and winter before the final cuts are made.