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Oct. 17, 2016 — The penultimate cut

The 2017 FIL Women’s World Cup training roster came out over the weekend, and the 25 women announced by U.S. Lacrosse have one last shot at making their case to make the 18-woman roster, with two alternates.

Here’s a look at the training roster, by position:

ATTACK: Alex Aust, Danielle Etrasco, Courtney Fortunato, Brooke Griffin, Alyssa Murray, Kylie Ohlmiller, Kayla Treanor, Michele Tumolo.

This is going to be the hardest cut or cuts of all. After all, Ricky Fried made exactly one cut from the original roster of 36 from the attack line. Ohlmiller was absolutely fantastic in the international tournament last weekend in Sparks, Md., and made it very difficult for head coach Ricky Fried to ignore her.

MIDFIELD: Sarah Bullard, Ally Carey, Taylor Cummings, Shannon Gilroy, Marie McCool, Kelly Rabil, Katie Schwartzmann, Laura Zimmerman.

How do you lose two players from an all-star list like this? There’s such an incredible amount of experience and fitness in this group.

DEFENSE: Becca Block, Kristin Carr, Megan Douty, Alice Mercer, Jenn Russell, Courtney Waite.

Three of these players graduated before 2011, three graduated in 2015-16. Will the selectors go for youth or experience?

GOALTENDERS: Liz Hogan, Gussie Johns, Devon Wills.

Wills is a lock, for me. She was outstanding in the UWLX and has been of great service for the U.S. program for a generation. One of the other two will be an alternate, but with the rosters now at 18 rather than 16, perhaps the U.S. might carry two goalies on the main roster? Johns, who played alongside two of the greatest attack players in history while in high school, has been splendid at USC and is likely to have a Wills-esque international career. She’ll be learning from the best.


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