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Five local girls lacrosse players named to United States under-19 training team

Five local girls lacrosse players were named Sunday to the training team for the United States women’s under-19 national team that will compete for the world championship next summer.

McDonogh’s Maddie Jenner and Emma Schettig, Bel Air’s Elizabeth Hillman, Bryn Mawr’s Olivia Rubin and Hannah Leubecker, a home-schooled student from Forest Hill, made the team after three days of tryouts at the US Lacrosse Headquarters in Sparks.

Jenner, The Baltimore Sun’s All-Metro Player of the Year as a junior, and Rubin have signed with Duke. Hillman is headed to North Carolina. Schettig and Leubecker have committed to Maryland.

All five play high school or club lacrosse in the midfield, but Jenner made the team as an attacker as well as for her ability to control the draw, which she dominated for the past three years with the Eagles.

From 110 players invited to try out, coaches selected 36 girls to the training team and it will be further whittled down for the final team to compete in Peterborough, Canada, next August.

Jenner, Hillman and Rubin — all first-team All-Metro selec tions this past spring — have graduated and are benefiting from a rule change allowing players who will have completed a year of college to be on the team for the first time. Schettig and Leubecker will be high school seniors in the fall.

The team includes players from four graduating classes and 11 states.

“Obviously it’s bittersweet because there’s so much talent at this tryout.,” said head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller, the Northwestern coach who played on three U.S. World Cup teams, in a statement. “It’s hard to let some of those kids go because there was such a depth of the talent pool.

“I’m really excited for the group that got selected. They really were dynamic. They were coachable. We were looking for players that could really work together and I think they distinguished themselves with those characteristics. We’re really pleased to be able to invite them to be a part of this special experience.”

The team will train for the first time Oct. 5-8 at the Team USA Fall Classic in Sparks.

The United States has won four of six U-19 women’s championships. After dropping the first one to Australia in 1995, the U.S. won four straight before falling to Canada in the 2015 final.

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