21 local players selected to try out for the U.S. Under-19 women's lacrosse team

21 local players selected to try out for the U.S. Under-19 women's lacrosse team
McDonogh's Emma Schettig, left, and Kayla Abernathy, right, celebrate a goal against Notre Dame Prep. They were among 109 players, including 21 from the Baltimore area and five from the Eagles, invited to try out this summer for the 2019 U.S. women's U19 national lacrosse team. (Lloyd Fox / Baltimore Sun)

Twenty-one players from the Baltimore area are among 109 invited to try out this summer for the 2019 U.S. women’s U19 national team, US Lacrosse announced Wednesday.

The players, representing 16 states, were selected from more than 500 applicants. Tryouts will be held at US Lacrosse headquarters in Sparks on Aug. 10-12.


Five players from McDonogh — Kayla Abernathy, Julia Dorsey, Julia Hoffman, Maddie Jenner and Emma Schettig — were selected. Two were chosen from Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference champion Notre Dame Prep — Hannah Mardiney and Sarah Cooper — and from Bryn Mawr — Alex Marino and Olivia Rubin.

For the first time, players who have completed a year of college were eligible to be selected, though none of those players came from the Baltimore area. Most of the players, 48, just completed their senior year in high school.

The list was whittled down by the Player Identification Committee of Anne Phillips, committee chair; Kelly Amonte Hiller, head coach; Ann Elliott, Brooke Matthews (Bryn Mawr coach), Angela McMahon, assistant coaches; Meredith Frank McGinnis, assistant manager; Jenny Levy, U.S. senior team head coach; and eight regional coordinators.

“I anticipate the remainder of the tryout process to be very competitive and exciting. This list of invitees is the first step of a journey that will give 18 fortunate athletes the opportunity to represent their country in this great sport,” said Amonte Hiller, also the Northwestern coach.

The United States has won four of six U19 world championships but took the silver medal behind Canada in 2015. Australia won the first championship in 1995.

The Federation of International Lacrosse Women’s U19 World Championship will be held Aug. 1-10, 2019, in Peterborough, Ontario.

Baltimore-area players invited

Following are the Baltimore-area players invited to the tryout with their high schools, positions and years of graduation:

Kayla Abernathy, McDonogh, midfield, 2020

Shay Ahearn, Glenelg Country, draw, 2019

Whitney Albert, St. Mary’s, attack, 2019

Georgia Ceanfaglione, John Carroll, defense, 2019

Eloise Clevenger, Marriotts Ridge, midfield, 2020

Sarah Cooper, Notre Dame Prep, defense, 2018

Julia Dorsey, McDonogh, midfield, 2019


Elizabeth Hillman, Bel Air, midfield, 2018

Julia Hoffman, McDonogh, attack, 2018

Maddie Jenner, McDonogh, midfield, 2018

Hannah Leubecker, home schooled, attack, 2019

Hannah Mardiney, Notre Dame Prep, attack, 2018

Alex Marino, Bryn Mawr, attack, 2018

Emily Nalls, Glenelg, defense, 2019

Oliva Rubin, Bryn Mawr, midfield, 2018

Emma Schettig, McDonogh, midfield, 2018

Shannon Smith, Roland Park, midfield, 2020

Taylor Suplee, Southern, goal, 2018

Tayler Warehime, Manchester Valley, midfield, 2018

Darby Welsh, St. Paul’s, midfield, 2018

Sophie Wrisk, Catonsville, midfield, 2020