May 23, 2014
U.S. Women's National Lacrosse Team Tryout Pool
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - US Lacrosse announced the 88-player tryout pool for the 2014-15 U.S. Women's National Team this week, with four Patriot Leaguers selected to compete at the tryouts held from June 13-15 at Georgetown University.
Patriot League champion Loyola University Maryland had a pair of players selected to the pool in junior Taryn VanThof and sophomore Maddy Lesher, while Boston University sophomore Jill Horka and Lehigh freshman Allison LaBeau will also receive a tryout opportunity.
Lesher and VanThof each received third-team All-America honors from the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) for their outstanding seasons in leading the Greyhounds to the Patriot League title and the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Lesher was the leader of Loyola's defense and earned the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year award, while VanThof set a Patriot League single-season record with 122 draw controls while also finishing with 31 goals and nine assists.
Horka led BU in goals (29), draw controls (46) and caused turnovers (24) in her sophomore season and earned first-team All-Patriot League honors as well as a selection to the Patriot League All-Tournament Team as the Terriers made the League title game. LaBeau was the Patriot League Rookie of the Year and only freshman to make the first-team All-League squad after totaling 29 goals and nine assists in her debut campaign for the Mountain Hawks.
Boston University graduate Danielle Etrasco ('13), who competed on the U.S. team which won gold at the 2013 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Cup, also earned an invite to the tryout. BU Head Coach Liz Robertshaw returns to Team USA as an assistant coach. Robertshaw has been a member of the U.S. Women's National Team staff since 2009 and oversaw the team's offensive unit during last year's World Cup Championship.
After the three-day tryout, approximately 36-40 players will be selected to the 2014-15 U.S. Women's National Team, which will train as part of the lead-up to the 2017 FIL Women's World Cup in Surrey, England. Ultimately, 18 players will represent the U.S. as the team goes for a third consecutive and eighth overall world title.
For more information and all of the selected participants, view the U.S. Women's National Lacrosse Team Tryout Pool.