New U.S. women's team to debut lineup at Classic World Cup champ tunes up at Hopkins

June 17, 1993|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Staff Writer

The treasured item is exhibited in the Lacrosse Hall of Fame, exactly where it belongs for four more years, in the estimation of Sue Heether.

Heether, 24, a Loyola College grad, is a member of the freshly minted U.S. women's team that will defend its World Cup title in a weeklong, eight-team tournament starting Aug. 5 in Scotland.

"We're going over there to keep the Cup here," said Heether, who shares the goaltending job with former University of Maryland star Jessica Wilk.

The U.S. women's team, trimmed to 16 players and eight alternates in the final tryout at Villanova last weekend, will make its first appearance as a unit in the Hall of Fame Classic on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Johns Hopkins' Homewood Field.

The regulars, culled from an original group of 65 candidates in December, will play a team consisting of the eight alternates and some volunteers.

"It was pretty competitive," said Wilk, who lives in Laurel, helps coach Maryland's lacrosse and field hockey teams and works as a loan processor and analyst for a mortgage company in Rockville. "Everybody at Villanova was very, very good."

Wilk and Heether form half of the local connection on the team. Jennifer Ulehla (Maryvale Prep and Maryland) plays defense; Carin Peterson (Severna Park High and Maryland) plays attack. Erin Brown (Fallston High and Maryland) and Kersten Manning (Maryland) are among the alternates.

"We're using the exhibition in the Classic to promote women's lacrosse and show the high level of play," Heether said.

It may be the highest in the world. The United States has won two of the first three World Cups, losing to Australia in 1986 but nipping England, 6-5, in overtime, in 1989. The three-year gap between the 1986 and 1989 tournaments was the result of a schedule shift to avoid a conflict with the Commonwealth Games.


What: The Hall of Fame Lacrosse Classic

When: Today through Sunday

5Where: Homewood Field

Tickets: Today, free; Tomorrow and Saturday, $5 adults, $3 students under 18; Sunday, $3 adults, $1 students.


Today: Baltimore City Middle School Lacrosse League Championship, 3:30 p.m.; North-South Oldtimers Game, 5:30 p.m.; North-South Junior College All-Star Game, 7:30 p.m.

Tomorrow: College Women's All-America Luncheon, Holiday Inn, Timonium, 10 a.m.; College Men's All-America Luncheon, Holiday Inn, Timonium, 12:30 p.m. Information and tickets for both luncheons, (410) 366-5299; Scoop 'n' Shoot championship (preliminary round), 3-7 p.m.; Women's College North-South All-Star Game, 3:30 p.m.; Men's Division III North-South All-Star Game, 5 p.m.; Men's Division I North-South All-Star Game, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday: Pinball Youth Lacrosse, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Youth clinic and autograph session, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Scoop 'n' Shoot championship (preliminary round), 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; High School Girls North-South All-Star Game, 11:30 a.m.; U.S. women's team vs. alternates, 1 p.m.; High School Boys North South All-Star Game, 2 p.m.; Central Atlantic Lacrosse League championship, Little Abner's of Arbutus vs. West Chester of New York, 4:30 p.m.; Scoop 'n' Shoot championship finals, 6:45 p.m.; U.S. Club Lacrosse Association championship, Mount Washington vs. Brine of Boston, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday: Maryland Youth Lacrosse Association vs. Anne Arundel County All-Stars: Girls (11-12), noon; Girls (13-14), 1:30 p.m.; Boys (11-12), 2:30 p.m.; Boys (13-14), 4 p.m. Boys (9-10) exhibitions at halftimes.

Information: Lacrosse Foundation, (410) 235-6882

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