US Lacrosse has announced the 25-player U.S. Women's National Training Team roster, including several players with ties to the Baltimore area, that will represent Team USA at the Sunday, Jan. 27 exhibition against defending NCAA champion Northwestern at the Champion Challenge, a US Lacrosse event.
Team USA will square off against the Wildcats at 11 a.m. at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The U.S. squad will also take on national champion runner-up Syracuse on Jan. 26.
Team USA was selected from the standing 38-player roster composing the 2012-14 U.S. Women's National Team, and these 25 players will train with Team USA in preparation for the July 2013 Federation of International Lacrosse World Cup in Oshawa, Ontario.
"We're very appreciative of the efforts of all 38 members of this year's team and view the announcement of this group as a selection, not a cut," Team USA coach Ricky Fried said. "Champion Challenge is the final opportunity for each of these 25 players to put their final stamp on the tryout and training process. We expect to have some tough decisions on our hands come February, but are confident that we'll select a smart, fast and cohesive group to travel to Canada next summer."
The reigning world champion U.S. women's national team, which defeated Australia to win the 2009 World Cup, will announce a final 18-player roster for the 2013 World Cup in early February.
The Team USA roster for Champion Challenge, listed by position with college affiliation, high school (if local to Baltimore) and previous U.S. team experience noted:
Katrina Dowd, Northwestern
Danielle Etrasco, Boston University
Lindsey Munday, Northwestern*
Katie Rowan, Syracuse*
Shannon Smith, Northwestern^
Michelle Tumolo, Syracuse
Sarah Albrecht, Northwestern*
Kelly Berger, James Madison, Hammond
Sarah Bullard, Duke*^
Ally Carey, Vanderbilt, John Carroll^
Brittany Dashiell, Florida, John Carroll
Kristin Igoe, Boston College
Caitlyn McFadden, Maryland, Notre Dame Prep*
Kelly McPartland, Maryland#
Katie Schwarzmann, Maryland, Century
Laura Zimmerman, North Carolina
Kristen Carr, North Carolina, Mercy
Amber Falcone, North Carolina, Winters Mill*
Katie Hertsch, Hofstra, Winters Mill
Holly McGarvie Reilly, Princeton*
Gina Oliver, Ohio State*
Jennifer Russell, North Carolina
Liz Hogan, Syracuse
Megan Huether, Duke, Maryvale Prep*
Devon Wills, Dartmouth*
* 2009 U.S. women's national team member
# 2011 U.S. women's national under-19 team member
^ 2007 U.S. women's national under-19 team member