U.S. World Cup women's lacrosse team features 13 from Md.

August 02, 2010|By Colin Stevens, The Baltimore Sun

In preparation for the 2013 Federation of International Lacrosse World Cup, US Lacrosse announced its 36-woman national team, which includes 13 players from Maryland.

Ricky Fried, Georgetown's coach who will coach the national team, said selecting the team was more difficult than ever.

"This was the most competitive tryout I've ever been a part of," Fried said in a statement. "We think that this is the best team of 36 players for the style and tempo we want to play. This group will comprise the core of the team which will defend the gold medal in 2013."

Fried, his three assistants and members of US Lacrosse's selection committee selected the team from a pool of 88 candidates who tried out over three days at UMBC.

With 13 players, Maryland has more players on the team than any other state. New York contributed nine players and Massachusetts six.

Players from Maryland include Amy Altig (Archbishop Spalding), Casey Ancarrow (John Carroll), Kelly Berger (Hammond), Amber Falcone (Winters Mill), Kim Griffin (North Harford), Kathleen Hertsch (Winters Mill), Megan Huether (Maryvale), Caitlyn McFadden (Notre Dame Prep, Maryland), Brittany Poist (North Carroll, Maryland), Katie Schwarzmann (Century, Maryland), Lauren Schwarzmann (Century, Johns Hopkins) and Acacia Walker (Annapolis, Maryland).

Team USA will be defending its first-place finish in the 2009 championships, which were held in Prague. The location of the 2013 event has yet to be determined.

colin.stevens@baltsun.com

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