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© Scott McCall
U.S. head coach Jenny Levy will welcome 36 of the nation’s best women’s lacrosse players to US Lacrosse for a three-day training camp beginning Tuesday.
The team will have two practice sessions daily on Tuesday and Wednesday before closing camp with an intra-squad scrimmage on Thursday morning at 10 a.m.
This is the fourth training opportunity for Levy since taking over the U.S. team program and she and her staff have now invited 57 different players to the various events. This week’s group features 11 world championship veterans, nine additional post-collegiate players (primarily from the Women’s Professional Lacrosse League), six members of the collegiate class of 2019 and 10 players still active in the NCAA.
“We’re two years out from the world championship and we want to continue to meet, coach and evaluate as many players as possible, all while continuing to develop a core group of players who continue to demonstrate an elite level of skill, creativity and team play,” Levy said.
This week’s training camp has a heavy emphasis on players that competed at the NCAA level in 2019 with 16 of the 36 players invited just coming off their college seasons.
“The U.S. staff, which represents five different Division I conferences, had a specific focus of collegiate talent identification during the 2019 season,” Levy said. “The college players were notified of their training camp invitation at the beginning of May.”
Moving forward, the staff will shift its sights to the post-collegiate level by identifying talent this summer in the Women’s Professional Lacrosse League as it builds toward the 2021 World Lacrosse Women’s Championship. US Lacrosse will host the world championship at Towson University.
“The U.S. staff will use the 2019 WPLL season to evaluate and identify post-collegiate players who fit our style of play and be an asset to building the 2021 U.S. team,” Levy said.
Levy and her staff are set on two primary goals — winning now while building for the future.
“Style wise, our goal is to be electric with highly-skilled, creative, and intelligent team play mixed with great athleticism, fearlessness and joy,” Levy said. “We are here to win (2021 world championship) and entertain, inspire, connect, and grow the sport toward potential inclusion in the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.”
The U.S. women’s program has won three straight World Lacrosse championships — 2009, 2013 and 2017 — and eight of the 10 world championships since the event began in 1982. The U.S. also won the inaugural lacrosse competition at the World Games in Poland in 2017. The World Games, a multi-sport event similar in nature to the Olympics, will be held in Birmingham, Ala., in 2021.
The U.S. women’s national team trains and plays using best-in-class products provided by Nike (apparel and footwear), Brine (equipment), STX (equipment), SISU Guard (mouthguards), The Pearl by Guardian (balls) and DJO (sports braces).
In addition to these partners, Greenfields, Krossover, MedStar Sports Medicine and Sports Performance Tracking are official sponsors of the U.S. national team program. Team training is also aided by products from Motive Pure, NormaTec Recovery and Athletic Republic.
U.S. Women’s Training Camp Roster
|Sam Apuzzo||A||Fight||Boston College '19|
|Dempsey Arsenault||M||Brave||Boston College '19|
|Becca Block||D||Command||Syracuse '13|
|Mackenzie Burns||D||—||Stony Brook '19|
|Kristen Carr||D||Pride||North Carolina '10|
|Lizzie Colson||D||—||Maryland '20|
|Kate Copeland||D||—||Northwestern '21|
|Taylor Cummings||M||Fight||Maryland '16|
|Megan Douty||D||Command||Maryland '15|
|Katrina Dowd||A||Fight||Northwestern '10|
|Molly Garrett||M||—||Michigan '20|
|Katie Haus||M||Fire||Maryland '13|
|Emily Hawryschuk||A||—||Syracuse '20|
|Molly Hendrick||A||—||North Carolina '17|
|Liz Hogan||G||Pride||Syracuse '11|
|Maddie Howe||A||—||Notre Dame '21|
|Kelsey Huff||M||—||USC '21|
|Gussie Johns||G||Fire||USC '18|
|Ally Kennedy||M||—||Stony Brook '20|
|Kenzie Kent||A||Command||Boston College '19|
|Marie McCool||M||Brave||North Carolina '18|
|Alice Mercer||D||Fight||Maryland '16|
|Taylor Moreno||G||—||North Carolina '21|
|Sammy Mueller||M||—||Virginia '20|
|Katie O'Donnell||D||Command||Penn State '18|
|Kylie Ohlmiller||A||Fight||Stony Brook '18|
|Jamie Ortega||A||—||North Carolina '21|
|Emily Garrity Parros||M||Brave||North Carolina '13|
|Sydney Pirreca||M||Pride||Florida '19|
|Caroline Sdanowich||D||Brave||James Madison '19|
|Zoe Stukenberg||M||Fight||Maryland '17|
|Kayla Treanor||A||Fight||Syracuse '16|
|Emma Trenchard||D||—||North Carolina '21|
|Michelle Tumolo||A||Fire||Syracuse '13|
|Haley Warden||M||Pride||James Madison '18|
|Caylee Waters||G||Fire||North Carolina '17|