June 23, 2014
U.S. Women's Lacrosse National Team
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Loyola University Maryland rising senior Taryn VanThof was named to the prestigious 38-member U.S. Women's Lacrosse National Team recently.
VanThof is one of 13 midfielders to be selected to the team, while she's the first Loyola player to make the elite squad since Tara Singleton did so as a defender in 2007. VanThof is also the first Greyhound under head coach Jen Adams to make the cut, while she's the third player under Adams to represent their respective country on a national team (Cassandra Cursaro '13 and Marlee Paton '14, Australia).
The players selected to the 2014-15 squad will train and compete in several exhibition events as part of the lead-up to the 2017 Federation of International Lacrosse (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.
VanThof is coming off her second-straight All-America season after dominating the draw control this year. She broke Loyola's single-game (15, vs. Lafayette and at Boston University), single-season (122) and career (227) records for draw controls, while she also set the Patriot League's single-game and single-season records. In addition, the first-team All-Patriot League honoree contributed at least one point in every game this year, extending her streak to 30-straight games with a point. She finished the year with 31 goals, nine assists and 40 points, in addition to a team-best 42 ground balls and 29 caused turnovers.
The US National Team will convene for its first training weekend August 1-3 at Georgetown. 2013 Boston University graduate Danielle Etrasco was also named to the team, which was selected from an 81-player invite-only tryout pool that also included current Patriot Leaguers Maddy Lesher (Loyola), Jill Horka (Boston University) and Allison LaBeau (Lehigh).
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