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Four locals named to U.S. Under-19 women's lacrosse team

Four locals named to U.S. Under-19 women's lacrosse team
McDonogh's Brindi Griffin was one four locals name to the U.S. Under-19 women's lacrosse team. (Gene Sweeney Jr. / The Baltimore Sun)

Four local girls lacrosse players have been named to the U.S. Women's National Under-19 Team that will compete for the a fifth straight world championship in Scotland this summer.

McDonogh's Brindi Griffin and Andie Aldave, Roland Park's Francesca Whitehurst and Maryvale's Miranda Ibello were selected for the 18-player roster announced by US Lacrosse Wednesday.

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Griffin, a junior attacker, and Aldave, a sophomore midfielder, helped No. 1 McDonogh to its sixth straight Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship and fifth straight undefeated season last spring. Griffin was an All-Metro second-team selection as a sophomore.

Whitehurst, a senior, played a key role in the No. 3 Reds reaching the IAAM A Conference final where they fell to McDonogh. She was an All-Metro first-team pick.

Ibello, a senior, is a two-time All-Metro selection.

The Under-19 team was selected from a pool of 25 players chosen last summer. Griffin, Aldave, Whitehurst and Ibello were the only local girls in the pool, which was narrowed to 18 this weekend after the training team competed in Naples, Fla.

Coached by Bryn Mawr co-coach Kim Simons Tortolani, the team will play for the Federation of International Lacrosse Under-19 World Championship in Edinburgh, Scotland, July 23 through Aug. 1.

"This talented group demonstrated incredible mental toughness, unselfishness, hard work and commitment throughout the demanding tryout process," Tortolani said in a news release. "Our coaching staff is looking forward to working with this amazing team of young women as we continue on our journey to win gold in July."

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