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Jan. 15, 2017 — From the middle out

The U.S. women’s lacrosse team managed to breach the 20-goal mark twice this weekend in friendlies against Notre Dame and the University of Florida.

This should tell you and everyone in the lacrosse community that the forward line is more than ready, six month out from the FIL World Cup.

As for the rearguard? That’s a little more questionable.

Two-time World Cup champion and UWLX MVP Devon Wills was held out of this weekend’s games in Florida due to injury, and I think it took a while for the American defense to get used to each other, especially in the second half of the Florida game. But in the Notre Dame game, the States were barely headed and they dominated.

Still, it’s going to be interesting to see if the American team is going to be able to maintain the level of speed and intensity that was shown during the weekend matches. That especially goes from the starting midfield of Marie McCool, Taylor Cummings, and Katie Schwartzmann.

Yep, Ricky Fried has paired two multiple Tewaaraton Trophy winners with the junior from Moorestown, N.J. who is the odds-on favorite to win the honors this spring. From all reports, the three played seamlessly when they were together.

Still, with only 18 roster spots to work with, the selection process for the final team is going to result in exhilaration for some, agony for others. We’ll know more soon as to what the team will look like.


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