You knew that there were not going to be too many changes for Ricky Fried and the United States senior women’s national team selectors when it came to choosing a short roster for the World Games, where women’s lacrosse will be played out only days after the FIL World Cup.
But when you’re cutting down to just 15 players, the changes are notable.
The first big change is on attack, where Kayla Treanor, Brooke Griffin, and Alex Aust are being sat in favor of Alyssa Murray. This tells me that Fried’s attacking philosophy is built around pairs — Griffin and Aust from Maryland, and Murray or Treanor to work alongside former Syracuse teammate Michelle Tumolo.
In the midfield, Laura Zimmermann, the UNC graduate, is the odd woman out for the World Games. Otherwise, the U.S. roster for the World Games is identical to that for the World Cup.
I’m a little surprised that the U.S. coaching staff didn’t turn over the roster a bit more for the World Games, giving players like Liz Hogan, Kylie Ohlmiller, and Shannon Gilroy a moment on the world stage.
Then again, given the success that Fried has had as head coach the last few years, you have to defer to him. He’s done it before.