By Lane Errington | @lane_errington
After a three-day tryout that included 110 players at Stevenson University, US Lacrosse today announced the 25-player training roster for the U.S. Women’s National Under-19 Team.
The tryout saw players from 18 states competing for spots on the team that will go for a fifth world title at the 2015 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Under-19 World Championship, July 23-Aug. 1 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The U.S. has claimed the past four gold medals in 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011, most recently defeating Australia 14-11 in Hannover, Germany in July 2011. Ultimately, 18 of the 25 players selected today will represent the U.S. in Edinburgh next summer.
Players were chosen by an 11-player selection committee led by head coach Kim Simons (Bryn Mawr [Md.] School) and selection chair Liz Kittleman (Columbia University). Among other selectors were U.S. U19 assistant coaches Michele DeJuliis, Bowen Holden and Wendy Kridel, as well as U.S. senior team head coach Ricky Fried and assistant coach Liz Robertshaw.
“We were unbelievably impressed by the talent level and effort level of the girls from top to bottom,” said head coach Kim Simons. “These players have gone through a number of tryouts just to get to this point. The staff has done a really incredible job of selecting the best 25 players for our training squad.”
The final 25-player training roster by position, with high school and graduation year noted:
Brindi Griffin, McDonogh (Md.), 2016
Miranda Ibello, Maryvale Prep (Md.), 2015
Nikki Ortega, Centereach (N.Y.), 2015
Lindsey Ronbeck, Manhasset (N.Y.), 2015
Abby Shields, Vero Beach (Fla.), 2015
Andie Aldave, McDonogh (Md.), 2017
Sam Apuzzo, West Babylon (N.Y.), 2015
Natalie Bulgier, Sauderton (Pa.), 2015
Tess D’Orsi, St. Mark’s (Mass.), 2016
Olivia Ferrucci, Barron Collier (Fla.), 2015
Kim Harker, Mahopac (N.Y.), 2015
Emily Hawryschuk, Churchville-Chili (N.Y.), 2016
Chloe Jones, Lawrenceville (Pa.), 2017
Kerrigan Miller, Bayport-Blue Point (N.Y.), 2016
Sydney Pirreca, Mount Sinai (N.Y.), 2015
Francesca Whitehurst, Roland Park Country (Md.), 2015
Caroline Zaffino, St. Paul’s (N.H.), 2015
Jackie Gilbert, Amador Valley (Calif.), 2015
Erin Kelly, Clarkstown South (N.Y.), 2015
Sarah Platt, Agnes Irwin (Pa.), 2016
Hannah Proctor, Radnor (Pa.), 2015
Claire Quinn, St. Anthony’s (N.Y.), 2015
Samantha Giacolone, Eastport-South Manor (N.Y.), 2015
Alli Kothari, Shipley (Pa.), 2015
Mallory Weisse, Westfield (N.J.), 2015
The team will gather next for a training weekend, Oct. 10-12 at in Washington, D.C.
For more information on the U.S. Women’s National Team, visit uslacrosse.org/teamusa. Follow the team on Facebook at fb.com/uslacrosse, on Twitter and Instagram at @uslacrosse and use #USAWLAX.
Visit LaxMagazine.com, the online home of Lacrosse Magazine, for coverage of the U.S. Women’s National Under-19 Team on their journey to defend gold in Edinburgh, Scotland in summer 2015.