By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/16/11
Taylor Trimble described winning the U-19 world championship as “the most rewarding and exciting feeling.”
Trimble returned home late Sunday from Hannover, Germany where she served as captain of a US team that defeated Australia, 14-11, in the title game of the Federation of International tournament. She was joined on Team USA by goalie Allie Murray of Downingtown East. (See story on Murray.)
Trimble, who was the team’s center and primary player on the draws, was named All-World for her all-around play. She also was one of the team’s key goal scorers as the United States went 8-0 and were only challenged in the finals.
The title game was by far the most exciting game of the tourney. Australia, which had lost to the US in the last three title games, had dropped a 20-7 decision to the Americans in pool play just four days earlier.
But in the finals, the Aussies scored four unanswered goals to take leads of 6-3 and 7-5 in the first half. The US trailed, 8-7, early in the second half and then tallied five straight to take a 12-8 lead. But Australia kept the pressure on until the final horn and could have challenged for the lead if not for the heroics of Duryea in goal.
“It’s hard to describe winning the gold because for a year it has been all that we have worked for and thought about,” said Trimble.
”We never underestimated Australia and even though the score of the first game seemed lopsided we could see all of their talent and knew it would be a harder game if we were to play them again.
“In the final game they were very hungry and we could tell they were leaving it all on the field.”
Trimble said the US players bonded from the start of their time together nearly a year ago, but continued to grow as a unit in Germany.
“One of my best memories of Germany will be the time that I spent with my teammates both on and off the field,” she said “We become so close in the three weeks we spent together, and our families also had the best time.
“I know I have made friendships that I will continue to keep up with, especially those that I will be playing against for the next few years.”
Trimble said the US team had no egos.
”Team chemistry was never a problem with our team,” she said. “The more time we spent together the more fun we had and everyone was very supportive of each other.
“There is so much talent that any given day anyone could step up and do what needed to be done.”
Trimble, who won four Inter-Ac League championships at EA and was named Phillylacrosse.com co-Player of the Year in 2011, now heads to Duke University. But she leaves with memories that will last forever.
“This is a trip I will never forget,” she said “I feel so lucky to have had this opportunity to represent my country and couldn’t be more excited and proud to bring the gold medal back to the US.”
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