Four local players -- McDonogh's Brindi Griffin and Andie Aldave, Roland Park's Francesca Whitehurst and Maryvale's Miranda Ibello -- are among 25 girls selected for the U.S. Under-19 traning team, 18 of whom will go for a fifth straight title at the 2015 Federation of International Lacrosse Under-19 World Championships next summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.
The team, announced Wednesday, was selected from a pool of 112 during three days of tryouts this week at Stevenson. Players from 18 states made up the tryout pool, including 19 from Maryland. The tryout process began this spring with 112 players advancing through the first round of national selections at the US Lacrosse Women's National Tournament in May.
"We were unbelievably impressed by the talent level and effort level of the girls from top to bottom," head coach Kim Simons Tortolani said in a news release. "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."
Attacker Griffin, a second-team All-Metro selection in the spring, and midfielder Aldave helped No. 1 McDonogh win its sixth straight IAAM A Conference championship with a fifth straight undefeated season.
Midfielders Whitehurst and Ibello were first-team All-Metro selections. Aldave is the youngest player selected for the team, having completed her freshman year with the Eagles. Griffin will be a junior this fall, and Whitehurst and Ibello will be seniors.
The U.S. won its most recent U-19 title in Germany in 2011 with an 8-0 run through the tournament, taking the gold medal thanks to a 14-11 victory over Australia. Only one other team has won an U-19 world title -- Australia, which won the inaugural event in 1995.
Tortolani, a former Georgetown coach and current Bryn Mawr coach, is in her first year as U-19 head coach. In addition, former U-19 coach Wendy Kridel, co-coach at Bryn Mawr with Tortolani, and Michele DeJuliis, a Loch Raven graduate and four-time All-American at Penn State, were part of the selection committee and are assistant coaches along with Bowen Holden, a former Georgetown goalie.
Columbia coach Liz Kittleman was the selection chair, and U.S. senior team head coach Ricky Fried and assistant coach Liz Robertshaw also took part in the selection process. The team will have its first training weekend Oct. 10-12 in Washington. To see the entire roster, click here.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun