U.S. women take their stick show on the road Touring squad to play in Britain, Scotland, Wales

June 29, 1996|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Michelle Uhlfelder said she has been ready to prove she can play lacrosse at the international level.

Now, she's packed and ready.

Uhlfelder, who starred in the sport at Pikesville High and the University of Maryland before missing the last World Cup because of a broken wrist, was among the 16 members of the U.S. Women's Lacrosse Touring Squad that departed Dulles Airport yesterday for a two-week tour of Great Britain.

The team will play three test matches against England's national team and four individual matches between squads from Scotland and Wales. A touring team from Wales visited the United States last year and lost all three matches to the Americans.

"I've never been away from home on tour, so I'm looking forward to the experience," said Uhlfelder, who is serving as an assistant women's lacrosse coach at Old Dominion. "We have a group that gets along well off the field and works together well on the field. As U.S. players, we feel we have a reputation to uphold."

The U.S. touring team has a number of players and alternates from the U.S. World Cup team that defeated England in the finals of the 1993 World Cup Championships in Scotland. One player, Kathleen Geiger, was a member of both the 1989 and 1993 World Cup champion teams and is the all-time leading scorer for the United States with 61 goals and 23 assists.

Fallston High and Maryland graduate Erin Brown, an alternate for the World Cup team in 1993, will play on a midfield unit with Kelly Amonte, who was recently named Division I Player of the Year after leading the University of Maryland to its second straight national championship.

"Our stickwork is a real strong asset, but we have a lot of new people who are making their first tour," said U.S. coach Sue Stahl.

The U.S. Men's Under-19 lacrosse team won't have to travel quite as far to find competition. The team, which will defend its world championship next month in Japan, will take on a team of top college players who once starred in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association in an exhibition game at 7: 30 tonight at Towson State University.

Members of the under-19 team were selected following a four-day tryout earlier this month at McDonogh School.

Attackman Lorne Smith (Gilman/Princeton) and midfielders Scott Diggs (Loyola/Duke) and Todd Paradise (Fallston/Towson State) are on the Under-19 team.

Pub Date: 6/29/96

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