By the Numbers: U.S. Women’s Under-19 Training Team
It’s easy to get lost in the accolades when analyzing the newly named U.S. Women’s National Under-19 Team, announced Wednesday afternoon at Stevenson University. We took a crack at breaking it down.
Approximate number of players who expressed interest or attended a U.S. team regional tryout, a prerequisite for advancing to the evaluation stages at US Lacrosse National Tournament in May and ultimately, this week’s tryout at Stevenson.
High school players who participated in this week’s final round of tryouts at Stevenson University in Owings Mills, Md.
Wednesday morning cut line as selectors chose a group for final evaluation before the 25-player decision was announced in the early afternoon.
Players named to the U.S. Women’s National Under-19 Training Team on Wednesday.
Players who have competed in Under Armour Underclass Tournament, including 16 at this year’s event held July 11-13 in Towson, Md.
Final roster size for team that will travel to Scotland to compete for the fifth consecutive gold medal at the 2015 FIL World Championship, July 23-Aug. 1. Also, the age (or less) players must be as of August 31, 2014, in order to be eligible for the U.S. women’s U19 team.
Numbers of 2014 US Lacrosse All-Americans on the training roster, including all five attackers.
Selectors who evaluated players at this week’s tryout. The group included U.S. team coaches, college and high school coaches, and former U.S. team players.
Players on the training roster who hail from New York, most of any state. Pennsylvania (5), Maryland (4) and Florida (2) were the other states with multiple representatives.
Number of wins against zero losses by the 2011 U.S. women’s U19 team in Hannover, Germany. Team USA has compiled an all-time record 34-1 in international competition and has claimed the last four gold medals (1999, 2003, 2007, 2011) after falling in the event’s inaugural title game 5-4 to Australia in 1995.
Tryout sessions over three days at Stevenson. Monday and Tuesday were both three-a-days, while Wednesday morning served as a final opportunity for the top 37 players to make an impression on the player selection committee.
Players from team’s in the season-ending Nike/US Lacrosse National High School Girls’ Top 25, including junior attacker Brindi Griffin and junior midfielder Andie Aldave (No. 1 McDonogh), senior attacker Lindsey Ronbeck (No. 3 Manhasset), senior attacker Abby Shields (No. 4 Vero Beach), senior midfielder Francesca Whitehurst (No. 8 Roland Park Country) and senior defender Clare Quinn (No. 17 St. Anthony’s).
Players from the gold-medal winning 2011 U.S. women's under-19 team who earned a spot on the senior national team in June, including attackers Cortney Fortunato (Notre Dame), Erin McMunn (Princeton) and Kayla Treanor (Syracuse), as well as midfielders Kelly McPartland (Maryland), Mikaela Rix (Boston College) and Taylor Trimble (Duke).
Players who came into tryouts listed as midfielders that were selected to the training roster at different positions, including attackers Miranda Ibello (Maryvale Prep, Md.) and Shields, as well as defenders Jackie Gilbert (Amador Valley, Calif.), Hannah Proctor (Radnor, Pa.) and Quinn. At the senior team level, head coach Ricky Fried and staff have traditionally favored converted midfielders to shape their defensive unit.
States that placed one player on the training roster, including California (Gilbert), Massachusetts (Tess D’Orsi, midfield, St. Mark’s), New Hampshire (Caroline Zaffino, midfield, St. Paul’s) and New Jersey (Mallory Weisse, goalie, Westfield).
Number worn by longtime U.S. senior team goalie Devon Wills, one of four current or former U.S. team players to serve as field coaches for the tryout (Alyssa Leonard, Lindsay Lewis and McMunn were the others). “The young girls really look up to them,” said head coach Kim Simons on the participation of senior team players.
Number of players from McDonogh School on the training roster (Aldave, Griffin), the only high school to place two players in the top 25.
Rising sophomores on the training squad, Lawrenceville (Pa.) midfielder Chloe Jones and Aldave. Notre Dame attacker Cortney Fortunato, also a rising sophomore at the time of selection, was the youngest player on the 2011 squad, and was one of five Americans to take home All-World honors. Fortunato was named in June to the 38-player 2014-15 U.S. Women’s National Training Team.
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