August 1, 2010

USL Names 2010-11 Women's National Team

by Corey McLaughlin | Lacrosse Magazine Online Staff

Lindsey Munday is one of four all-world players and 13 overall from the 2009 U.S. World Cup team that qualified for the 2010-11 national team named Sunday.

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CATONSVILLE, Md. -- Two hours into the final day of tryouts for the 2010-11 United States women’s team on Sunday, former Northwestern star Danielle Spencer stood in the draw position across from her opponent at the center of the turf field at UMBC.
Then a whistle blew, but it wasn’t from a referee. The sound came from the sideline. After three days of scrimmaging and drills among more than 80 players, the coaching staff and selectors for the national team had seen enough to make their final decisions.
About two hours later, the new 36-member team was announced by US Lacrosse to the players. The jersey numbers of those who made the team were printed on four sheets of white paper, which were then posted in a dormitory hall lobby.
The team -- in last name alphabetical order, with position -- includes:
Sarah Albrecht, Northwestern, M
Casey Ancarrow, James Madison, A
Amy Altig, James Madison, G
Kelly Berger, James Madison, M
Sarah Bullard, Duke, M
Jill Byers, Notre Dame, A
Caroline Cryer, Duke, A
Katrina Dowd, Northwestern, A
Amber Falcone, North Carolina, D
Mary Fitzgerald, North Carolina, D
Corrine Gandolfi, Hofstra, M
Kimberly Griffin, James Madison, D
Kathleen Hertsch, Hofstra, D
Megan Huether, Duke, G
Kristin Igoe, Boston College, M
Ashby Kaestner, Georgetown, M
Alyssa Kildare, Johns Hopkins, D
Kristen Kjellman, Northwestern, M
Erica LaGrow, North Carolina, M
Kendall McBrearty, Virginia, G
Caitlyn McFadden, Maryland, M
Lindsey Munday, Northwestern, A
Colleen Olsen, Dartmouth, D
Brittany Poist, Maryland, D
Mallory Poole, C.W. Post, M
Kathryn Rowan, Syracuse, A
Jennifer Russell, North Carolina, D
Lauren Schmidt, Stanford, M
Katie Schwarzmann, Maryland, M
Lauren Schwarzmann, Johns Hopkins, M
Danielle Spencer, Northwestern, M
Michelle Tumolo, Syracuse, A
Acacia Walker, Maryland, M
Paris Waterman, Brown, D
Devon Wills, Dartmouth, G
Laura Zimmerman, North Carolina, M
“What we wanted to accomplish was gather 36 players that we felt made up the best group as opposed to looking at the most individual talent,” Team USA and Georgetown coach Ricky Fried said. “Who played well together, worked well and competed on a consistent basis? It was a competitive tryout, the most competitive I’ve seen in my four years here… We had some hard decisions to make, in a good way, and we feel lucky to have the group that we have for this year.”
Thirteen members of the team were on the 2009 U.S. World Cup championship team, including all-world selections Albrecht, Falcone, Kjellman and Munday. They and the others selected Sunday are to be part of the core group that represents the U.S. in the 2013 World Cup, Fried said.
“That philosophy is great,” Kjellman said. “I think that’s what we should be planning to do, build that core throughout the next couple years and have that group stick together and play well over the years.”
Fried said the team's strengths are its athleticism and speed. "We're going to be able to get up and down the field,” he said. “Offensively, we have a lot of firepower back. Defensively, we’re a young group but very athletic and I’m looking forward to working with them to bring them together as a unit.”
The team competes for the first time on Columbus Day at the annual US Lacrosse Stars and Stripes event in Boston.
Notes and quotes
-- Reigning Tewaaraton Award winner Caitlyn McFadden of Maryland is one of the latest former college players to join the coaching ranks. The University of Florida recently hired McFadden as an assistant coach. Her transition from Maryland to Florida was displayed after tryouts, as she wore white Terps shorts but carried a new black Gators' backpack.
“I know,” McFadden said with a laugh about that. “I love Maryland so much, but I’m ready to be a coach now. I’m excited.”
-- Sunday’s events were scrimmage-only. The players broke into teams and played two games with 20-minute halves. The third game was stopped before halftime -- with Spencer readying for a draw with Syracuse’s Christina Dove -- and that signaled the end of tryouts.
-- Fried joked with former Virginia goalie Kendall McBrearty, saying: “What are you doing to do? Arrest me,” in a reference to her training at the police academy in Charlottesville, Va. “Give me 14 weeks and I will,” McBrearty responded.
-- Tryouts for the 2011 U-19 team begin Monday afternoon and run through Wednesday, also at UMBC. They are not open to the public. Anne Phillips, the head coach at Yale and the chair of the selection committee for the women’s team, will oversee U-19 tryouts as well.

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