BALTIMORE — On the heels of Team USA’s second consecutive and seventh overall world title in July, US Lacrosse has selected the assistant coaches and support staff for the 2017 U.S. Women’s National Team.
Amy Bokker (Stanford University), Liz Robertshaw (Boston University) and Jess Wilk Strosberg (University of Virginia) have been named assistant coaches for a second time. Wendy Stone (Niagara University) returns for a third stint as team manager, and Jessica Pausewang (Fresno State University) will serve as assistant manager.
These assistant coaches and staff members will support head coach Ricky Fried (Georgetown University) as Team USA competes for an eighth gold medal at the 2017 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Cup in Surrey, England.
Bokker, Robertshaw, Wilk Strosberg and Stone return from this summer’s U.S. team that posted a record-breaking 7-0 mark on its way to winning the 2013 FIL World Cup in Oshawa, Ontario.
Bokker led a suffocating U.S. defense that allowed just 4.9 goals per game in the tournament. She is in her sixth season as head coach at Stanford. In 2013, Bokker’s Cardinal squad won its first NCAA Tournament game in program history and its fourth Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Tournament championship in her five years with the program.
Under Robertshaw’s offensive tutelage, Team USA set World Cup records for goals in a tournament (127) and goals per game (18.1). She has compiled a record of 82-47 at Boston University, and has led the Terriers to the America East tournament in each of her seven seasons at the helm, including a NCAA Tournament berth in 2010.
A four-time U.S. team goalie, Wilk Strosberg mentored goalies Devon Wills and Megan Huether, contributing to an All-World selection for Wills. The Maryland alum won three World Cup titles as a goalie with Team USA (1993, 1997, 2001) and was inducted to the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2009. Wilk Strosberg is in her second season as an operations assistant with the Virginia women’s team.
Stone has served as team manager for the gold medal-winning 2009 and 2013 U.S. Women’s National Teams, and is in her second season at the helm of the Niagara women’s program. Pausewang joins the Team USA staff for the first time, and is in her third year as head coach at Fresno State.
The U.S. Women’s National Team takes the field for the first time since winning the World Cup on Oct. 12-13 in Annapolis and Towson, Md., where it will face Georgetown, Navy, Stanford and Towson over two days at the US Lacrosse Stars and Stripes Weekend. Admission for the event is free, and more information is available at uslacrosse.org/starsandstripes.
For more information on the U.S. Women’s National Team, visit uslacrosse.org/uswomen. Follow the team on Facebook at fb.com/uslacrosse, get updates on Twitter at @uslacrosse and use #USAWLAX.
Champion is the official apparel sponsor of the U.S. women’s national teams. deBeer is the official equipment sponsor of the U.S. women’s national teams. Marriott, Nationwide and ShockDoctor are official sponsors of the U.S. National Teams Program.
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