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Philly girls to compete in 10th annual Champions Challenge next weekend in Naples, FL

Saturday, 10th January 2015

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, International, Posted 1/10/15
From US Lacrosse

The U.S. Women’s National Senior and Under-19 Teams will take the field for the first time this year at the 10th annual Champions Challenge, Jan. 17-18 at Barron Collier High School in Naples, Fla.US-lacrosse11

The U.S. senior women will bring a 39-player training roster to Florida and will compete against defending NCAA champion University of Maryland and runner-up Syracuse University in a total of four split-squad contests. The U.S. U19 women will take on Rollins University and Stetson University in what will be the team’s first game action since the 25-player training roster was selected in July.

Game Schedule

Saturday, Jan. 17

3 p.m. – U.S. Women’s National U19 Team vs. Stetson
5:30 p.m. – U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Syracuse (Game 1)
7:30 p.m. – U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Syracuse (Game 2)

Sunday, Jan. 18

10:30 a.m. – U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Maryland (Game 1)
12:30 p.m. – U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Maryland (Game 2)
3 p.m. – U.S. Women’s National U19 Team vs. Rollins

Champions Challenge will be the final evaluation opportunity for U.S. U19 team hopefuls as the squad prepares for the 2015 FIL Under-19 World Championship, July 23-Aug. 1 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Among the 25 players on the training team are two Florida natives – Barron Collier midfielder Olivia Ferrucci and Vero Beach attacker Abby Shields. The final 18-player roster is expected to be announced by head coach Kim Simons (Bryn Mawr School, Md.) in late January.

Syracuse features junior midfielder Kelly Cross (Upper Dublin) and three freshmen, goalie Melina Avery (Harriton), midfielder Bri Barratt (The Hun School) and midfielder Bridget Chakey (Agnes Irwin).

The 25-player training roster by position, with high school and graduation year noted:

Brindi Griffin, McDonogh (Md.), 2016
Miranda Ibello, Maryvale Prep (Md.), 2015
Nikki Ortega, Centereach (N.Y.), 2015
Lindsey Ronbeck, Manhasset (N.Y.), 2015
Abby Shields, Vero Beach (Fla.), 2015

Andie Aldave, McDonogh (Md.), 2016
Sam Apuzzo, West Babylon (N.Y.), 2015
Natalie Bulgier, Sauderton (Pa.), 2015
Tess D’Orsi, St. Mark’s (Mass.), 2016
Olivia Ferrucci, Barron Collier (Fla.), 2015
Kim Harker, Mahopac (N.Y.), 2015
Emily Hawryschuk, Churchville-Chili (N.Y.), 2016
Chloe Jones, Lawrenceville (Pa.), 2017
Kerrigan Miller, Bayport-Blue Point (N.Y.), 2016
Sydney Pirreca, Mount Sinai (N.Y.), 2015
Francesca Whitehurst, Roland Park Country (Md.), 2015
Caroline Zaffino, St. Paul’s (N.H.), 2015

Jackie Gilbert, Amador Valley (Calif.), 2015
Erin Kelly, Clarkstown South (N.Y.), 2015
Sarah Platt, Agnes Irwin (Pa.), 2016
Hannah Proctor, Radnor (Pa.), 2015

Claire Quinn, St. Anthony’s (N.Y.), 2015

Samantha Giacolone, Eastport-South Manor (N.Y.), 2015
Alli Kothari, Shipley (Pa.), 2015
Mallory Weisse, Westfield (N.J.), 2015


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