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June 19, 2019 — A team to take back the gold?

Yesterday morning, U.S. Lacrosse released its roster of the 18 young women who are looking to win back the U-19 World Championship that Canada won four years ago.

The States, learning their lesson, have a number of current collegiate players in its lineup along with a star-studded collection of scholastic players.

Chief amongst them is all-time leading point-scorer Caitlyn Wurzburger, who has scored or assisted more than 950 times in her five-year varsity career with Delray American Heritage (Fla.); Florida allows middle-schoolers on varsity. In addition, Michaela McMahon from the University of Pennsylvania had a hand in more than 500 scoring plays as a high-school star at Saddle River Country Day (N.J.).

With this team being coached by Northwestern’s Kelly Amonte-Hiller, you might expect some Wildcats on this roster. Isabella Scane, who had a sensational freshman campaign at the Lakeside, has made the U.S. side as well as Greta Stahl, Madison Doucette, and Elle Hansen.

There’s also a considerable presence from the high-school program at Owings Mills McDonogh (Md.). Emma Schettig, who helped lead the Eagles to the nation’s No. 1 ranking this year, is on the team. And, taking draws, will be the six-foot-one center Maddie Jenner, who has already recorded 88 draw controls despite for Duke University despite starting only one game.

But if there’s one player that I think will be a difference-maker for the Americans, take a good look at Kasey Choma, the senior from Eastport-South Manor (N.Y.). She had an awesome season in leading her Sharks to the state championship, scoring 71 goals despite being closely guarded in every match.

It was quite a difficult task to cut the team down to the 18 needed under FIL rules, and that included cutting Elle Hansen’s younger sister Jane, as well as the nation’s leading goal-scorer in 2017 and 2018, Charlie Rudy, late of the University of Colorado.