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The team was selected from a 25-player pool that advanced through a three-day, 100-player tryout in August. The training team competed together in October and, most recently, this past weekend in Naples, Fla., at the US Lacrosse Champions Challenge, where they defeated Stetson University and Rollins College 16-1 and 17-1, respectively.
“This talented group demonstrated incredible mental toughness, unselfishness, hard work and commitment throughout the demanding tryout process,” said Head Coach Kim Simons. “Our coaching staff is looking forward to working with this amazing team of young women as we continue on our journey to win gold in July.”
Team USA will compete for a fifth consecutive world title at the FIL Under-19 World Championship, July 23-Aug. 1 in Scotland. The U.S. has claimed the past four gold medals in 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011, most recently defeating Australia 14-11 in Hannover, Germany, in July 2011.
The final 18-player roster by position, with high school and graduation year noted.
2015 U.S. Women’s National Under-19 Team
Brindi Griffin, McDonogh (Md.), 2016
Miranda Ibello, Maryvale Prep (Md.), 2015
Nikki Ortega, Centereach (N.Y.), 2015
Lindsey Ronbeck, Manhasset (N.Y.), 2015
Andie Aldave, McDonogh (Md.), 2017
Tess D’Orsi, St. Mark’s (Mass.), 2016
Olivia Ferrucci, Barron Collier (Fla.), 2015
Jackie Gilbert, Amador Valley (Calif.), 2015
Chloe Jones, Lawrenceville (Pa.), 2017
Kerrigan Miller, Bayport-Blue Point (N.Y.), 2016
Francesca Whitehurst, Roland Park Country (Md.), 2015
Natalie Bulgier, Souderton (Pa.), 2015
Erin Kelly, Clarkstown South (N.Y.), 2015
Sarah Platt, Agnes Irwin (Pa.), 2016
Hannah Proctor, Radnor (Pa.), 2015
Claire Quinn, St. Anthony’s (N.Y.), 2015
Samantha Giacolone, Eastport-South Manor (N.Y.), 2015
Mallory Weisse, Westfield (N.J.), 2015
Two alternates were selected to travel with the team to Scotland, and can be added to the active roster in the instance of injury.
Sam Apuzzo, midfield, West Babylon (N.Y.), 2015
Caroline Zaffino, attack, St. Paul’s (N.H.), 2015
Kim Simons, Head Coach
Michele DeJuliis, Assistant Coach
Bowen Holden, Assistant Coach
Wendy Kridel, Assistant Coach
Sarah Aschenbach, General Manager
Theresa Sherry, Assistant General Manager
Dr. Mark Peluso, Primary Care Physician
Carl Nissen, Orthipedic Physician
Barbara-Jean Ercolino, Head Athletic Trainer
Cristina Nistler, Assistant Athletic Trainer
Team USA’s next training weekend will take place at US Lacrosse Women’s National Tournament, May 23-24 (location TBD), followed by another training weekend June 19-21 (location TBD). More information on opportunities to watch Team USA on the road to Scotland will be announced this spring.
The world champion U.S. women’s national U19 team trains and plays using best-in-class products provided by Nike (apparel and footwear), Brine (equipment), deBeer (equipment), STX (equipment), Under Armour (equipment) and Cascade (helmets). Nationwide and Marriott International are official sponsors of Team USA.
Original post on US Lacrosse Website:
US Lacrosse Names U.S. Women’s U19 Final 18-Player Roster
2015 FIL Rathbones Women’s U19 World Championship Website: http://www.u19wc2015.co.uk/
Meet the Team – Video on YouTube
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