Five local girls picked for U.S. girls lacrosse U-19 team

Five Baltimore-area high school players were among 24 women chosen to the United States training team for the 2011 Federation of International Lacrosse Under-19 Women's World Championships in Hannover, Germany next August.

Notre Dame Prep's Covie Stanwick, McDonogh's Jen Cook, C. Milton Wright's Alyssa Blevins, St. Mary's Dani Lazo and Winters Mill's Erin McMunn were named to the team, which will be whittled down to a final 18 next spring. More than 165 girls from 25 states tried out before the training team selections were finalized Wednesday morning by head coach Krystin Porcella, also the coach at John Carroll.

"I was shocked at first," McMunn said of seeing her number on the final roster Wednesday morning. "I thought I was going to get cut for sure someplace along the line. It was so cool to see your number, because so many incredible girls showed up and everyone worked so hard. I'm just so excited."

Tryouts were conducted Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at UMBC with most girls cut by 8 a.m. Wednesday and the training team trimmed to 24 about three hours later. Monday and Tuesday's sessions amounted to about seven or eight hours of playing time each, said Cook.

"It was the toughest two and a half days I've had mentally and physically," Cook said. "It was really tiring playing that much lacrosse every day for two or three straight. I was really sore and it was tough mentally with all the selectors watching. You always have to be on your game. It was really difficult but at the same time, it was a really good experience to get through something as tough as that."

Stanwick, a first-team All-Metro selection last spring, said she gets goose bumps just thinking about the possibility of playing in the world championships.

"Today when we had a team meeting, just thinking about it gives you a chill, thinking about how cool it would be to put on a uniform that says USA across your chest. It would be so cool to be able to represent your county," said Stanwick, whose sister Coco played on the 2003 world champion Under-19 team and whose brother Steele made the boys 2008 team but could not play because of an injury.

The United States women's U-19 team has a lot to live up to when it heads to Germany next summer. The U.S. won its third straight world title in Canada in 2007. Their only loss was in the inaugural event, in which they fell to Australia in 1995.

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