Eight past, present and future Maryland Terps are among 88 players invited to try out for the U.S. women's national team next weekend at Georgetown University. In addition, 17 others with local ties were also selected to try out.
The Terps' list of hopefuls includes two veterans of the 2013 gold-medal winning U.S. team and three Tewaaraton Award-winning midfielders.
This year's Tewaaraton winner, Taylor Cummings, joins previous Terps winners Caitlyn McFadden (2010) and Katie Schwarzmann (2012, 2013). McFadden (Notre Dame Prep), an assistant coach at Maryland, and Schwarzmann (Century), a graduate assistant at Mount St. Mary's, played on the 2013 World Cup team. McFadden also played on the world champion 2009 team.
Cummings (McDonogh) and teammates from this year's No. 1 national championship Terps team -- midfielder Kelly McPartland and defenders Megan Douty and Alice Mercer (Century) -- are aiming for their first World Cup experience in 2017 in Surrey, England.
The pool of 88 players trying out June 13-15 will be cut to around 40 for the 2014-15 national team. Those players will train as part of the preparation for the Federation of International Lacrosse Women's World Cup in 2017. Eventually, 18 players will be chosen to try to carry on the legacy of the U.S. team that has won the past two world championships and seven overall.
Former Terps attacker Alex Aust, now Maryland's director of women's lacrosse operations, will also try out.
Maryland recruit Megan Whittle, who graduates from McDonogh on Friday, is the only player without at least a year of college experience selected to try out. A three-time All-Metro attacker, Whittle is rated the No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2014.
Among the other World Cup veterans looking to stay with the national team: defender Amber Falcone (Winters Mill, North Carolina) and midfielder Kelly (Berger) Rabil (Hammond, James Madison).
Following is a list of the local players trying out for the women's national team. For the full list of players selected, go to the US Lacrosse website.
Name, college, graduation year
Alex Aust, Maryland 2013
Faye Brust (John Carroll), Louisville 2015
Colleen McCaffrey, Johns Hopkins 2012
Erin McMunn (Winters Mill), Princeton 2015 +
Covie Stanwick (Notre Dame Prep), Boston College 2015 +
Megan Whittle (McDonogh), Maryland 2018
Taylor Cummings (McDonogh), Maryland 2016
Caitlyn McFadden (Notre Dame Prep), Maryland 2010 *^
Kelly McPartland, Maryland 2015 +
Kelly Rabil (Hammond), James Madison 2007 *
Katie Schwarzmann (Century), Maryland 2013 *
Erin Slifer (South Carroll), Princeton 2015
Taryn VanThof, Midfield, Loyola 2015
Lexi Cross (Liberty), James Madison 2015
Megan Douty, Maryland 2015
Amber Falcone (Winters Mill), North Carolina 2009 *^
Katie Hertsch (Westminster), Hofstra 2010
Maddie Lesher, Loyola 2016
Meghan Macera (Westminster), Virginia Tech 2016
Alice Mercer (Century), Maryland 2016
Margaret Smith (McDonogh), Notre Dame 2014
Taylor Virden (McDonogh), Duke 2014
Kelsea Donnelly (South River), Towson 2015
Caroline Federico (Maryvale), Johns Hopkins 2017
Schylar Healy (Liberty) , James Madison 2015
* Played for the world champion 2013 national team
^ Played for the world champion 2009 national team
+ Played for the world champion 2011 national under-19 team