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U-19 FIL World Championship follow-up: Murray calls title an ‘unbelievable feeling’

Tuesday, 16th August 2011

Categories Features, Girl's/Women's  

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 8/16/11

Allie Murray said the excitement of winning a world championship is not easy to express.

Allie Murray relished her experrience as a member of the FIL world champion US squad

“It’s really exciting, but there is nothing (I can say) to describe it,” she said. “Everyone was incredibly excited and happy that we won the world championship.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling.”

Murray, a recent Downingtown East graduate, was the backup goalie for Team USA on its run to the Federation of International Lacrosse U-19 World Championship at Hannover, Germany.

The US squad won its fourth straight crown by defeating rival Australia, 14-11, on Saturday. Murray was joined on the US team by captain Taylor Trimble of Episcopal Academy. (See story on Trimble.)

Murray played approximately one half in every game except the title game when Kelsey Duryea went the distance and was a standout in the second half (seven of her nine saves).

Still, Murray was a key factor as the United States dominated pool play with a 5-0 record. The US allowed just 5.6 goals per game in the eight wins.

“It was an awesome experience, getting to meet people from all different countries,” said Murray. “It was everything I thought it would be – even more!”

Murray – who started against the Haudenosaunee team – said she enjoyed working with Duryea, of Governors Academy (Mass.)

“I felt as the backup I did my best to support Kelsey,” said Murray, who led Downingtown East to a league and District 1 title as well as a berth in the state finals in 2011. “And I felt I played as well as I could when I got the chance, I absorbed everything I could every chance I got.”

Murray also enjoyed her first experience out of the country.

“I got to know Hannover inside and out,” she said. “Soon we were showing the German girls where everything was. It was a really nice area.”

Murray was not surprised that Australia gave the US a legitimate challenge in the title game. But she said the US rose to the occasion

“I think we were just nervous,” she said. “And they (Australia) played really hard and deserved credit for the way they played.”

Murray has little time to savor the world championship. She leaves for South Bend, Ind., on Thursday for Notre Dame University where she is a top recruit for the Fighting Irish.

“I’m grateful that I got this experience,” she said. “And I am grateful to everyone that helped me along the way.

“I look back on this awesome experience as a stepping stone to the next level. I’ll be facing the top players and getting to face all those shots in Germany will only help me.”

Murray said the three weeks period of practice in Maryland and time spent in Germany went so fast she never had time to miss home. Her teammates became her family since her parents were unable to make the trip due to a family illness.

“I think the whole time was so exciting it didn’t seem like three weeks,” she said. “We were always doing stuff and always trying to prepare. They kept us so busy you didn’t have time to be homesick.

“We became kind of like a family, especially since mine wasn’t there. We were so close and it’s sad to leave everyone.”



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