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June 22, 2019 — Taking full advantage

Right up until this cycle, the United States U-19 women’s lacrosse team had never taken a single college player.

For this upcoming tournament, however, not only has the United States team peppered some of the best college talent available, it’s also given over the captaincy to two college players.

One is Elizabeth Hillman of the University of North Carolina, who played herself into the lineup for a Carolina side which lost to Boston College in double-overtime in the national semifinals.

The other, however, is a very interesting pick on several levels. Alex Murphy is from a University of Massachusetts team which didn’t make this year’s tournament. She’s also a close defender.

But the thing about Murphy that is notable is that she’s a rising junior at Massachusetts. That’s two years’ more playing experience than most every other player who has worn the stars and stripes at the U-19 level. She’s also the only rising college junior on the roster.

It’s going to be her guile and experience that will have to carry the Americans through against their rivals from Canada, England, and Australia, starting next week.