BALTIMORE – US Lacrosse announced Tuesday the final 18-player roster for the U.S. under-19 women's national team that will travel to Hannover, Germany, for the 2011 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) U19 World Championship in August.
The U.S. U19 team was trimmed from the 24-player training team after games last weekend against Rollins College and Jacksonville University at Champion Challenge, a US Lacrosse event in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
"For every single player on the team, it was down to this weekend," said Team USA head coach Krystin Porcella. "We felt like we made some good decisions [at tryouts] in August that it was that close down to the wire."
The team includes three sets of high school teammates. Attacker Cortney Fortunato, the team's youngest player and a sophomore at Northport (N.Y.) High School, will reunite with Northport senior midfielder Shannon Gilroy for Team USA. Attacker Brigid Smith and defender Caileigh Sindall are both seniors for Good Counsel, just outside Washington, D.C., while seniors Mikaela Rix and Barbara Sullivan both play for Garden City (N.Y.) High School, which finished 21-0 last year and claimed its fifth straight state championship.
Attacker Covie Stanwick will continue a family legacy in the US Lacrosse national teams programs. Stanwick's older sisters Sheehan and Coco played for U.S. Elite and U19 teams, respectively. Coco was the captain of the 2003 U.S. U19 team that won a gold medal at the world championships in Towson, Md. Stanwick's older brother, Steele, made the 2008 U.S. U19 men's national team that won gold in Coquitlam, British Columbia, but could not participate due to injury.
The 2011 U.S. U19 women's national team includes 10 US Lacrosse high school All-Americans, six players each from Maryland and New York, three from Massachusetts, two from Pennsylvania and one from New Jersey. Midfielder Madison Acton, a player-voted captain of the training team who appeared on the cover of the January issue of Lacrosse Magazine, leads the Massachusetts contingent. Midfielder Taylor Trimble out of Philadelphia is a two-time winner of the Heather Leigh Albert Award as the nation's top high school player at the US Lacrosse Women's Division National Tournament.
Team USA has won 20 consecutive games in U19 international play dating back to 1999. The U.S. has won gold medals in the last three world championships after falling to Australia in the 1995 final, its lone defeat in 27 games.
The current U.S. U19 team will regroup May 28-29 at Stony Brook University in New York for the US Lacrosse Women's National Tournament before moving onto the FIL World Championship Aug. 3-14 in Hannover.
2011 U.S. Under-19 Women's National Team
M Madison Acton (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln Sudbury Regional '12)
D Alyssa Blevins (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright '11)
M Tatum Coffey (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North '11)
A Jen Cook (Towson, Md./ McDonogh '11)
G Kelsey Duryea (Beverly, Mass./Governor's Academy '12)
D Christine Ferguson (Weston, Mass./St. Paul's '11)
A Cortney Fortunato (Northport, N.Y./Northport '13)
M Shannon Gilroy ((Northport, N.Y./Northport '11)
A Erin McMunn (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill '11)
M Kelly McPartland (Farmingdale, N.Y./Farmingdale '11)
G Allie Murray (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown '11)
M Mikaela Rix (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City '11)
D Caileigh Sindall (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel '11)
A Brigid Smith (Rockville, Md./Good Counsel '11)
A Covie Stanwick (Baltimore, Md./Notre Dame Prep '11)
D Barbara Sullivan (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City '11)
M Kayla Treanor (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna '12)
M Taylor Trimble (Rosemont, Pa./Episcopal Academy '11)
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