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Dirks, Doucette make 23-woman roster for USA U19 team after Spring Premiere

Thursday, 31st January 2019

Categories Girl's/Women's, International, Posted 1/31/19 From Press Release

Head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller has trimmed the training roster for the 2019 U.S. U19 women’s national team to 23 players following last weekend’s Spring Premiere in California.

From an initial pool of 110 players that participated in tryouts last summer, US Lacrosse took 34 players to Stanford University for a training weekend at Spring Premiere, a six-team women’s event featuring the U.S. senior and U19 teams, national teams from Japan and England, and college teams from Fresno State and Stanford.

Two from Philly made the list of 23, Olivia Dirks (M Wayne, Pa. Episcopal Academy ’19 Phantastix, Penn State commit) and Madison Doucette (G West Chester, Pa. Unionville ’18 Ultimate, Northwestern).

The U19 team held practice sessions and scrimmages and competed in exhibition games against Japan, England and Stanford.

“I was really happy with the weekend,” Amonte Hiller said. “The team chemistry was incredible. Every single player was very focused, unselfish, just committed to what it takes to represent the U.S. program the way we want it represented.

“This was the toughest decision ever. We literally could have taken any kid on the roster. A lot of times it came down to the smallest thing – the versatility between offense and defense, if they could play mid if we needed them. I’m very proud of every player and how they performed. It’s unfortunate we can’t take them all.”

The U.S. has two more training camps scheduled before departing for the 2019 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Women’s U19 World Championship, which will be held Aug. 1-10 in Peterborough, Canada. Following their respective college and high school seasons, the players will reconvene at the national team training center at US Lacrosse headquarters in Sparks, Md., the weekend of June 7-9, and then at Northwestern University from July 8-10.

Prior to the world championship, Amonte Hiller will narrow the final roster to the FIL-mandated limit of 18 players.

The United States has won four of the six previous FIL Women’s U19 championships held (1999, 2003, 2007, 2011) while Australia (1995) and Canada (2015) have each won once.

The 23 players on the U.S. women’s U19 training team:

Name Pos. Hometown High School Club College
Madison Ahern M Cohasset, Mass. Notre Dame Academy ’19 Mass Elite Notre Dame
Megan Carney A McKinney, Texas John Paul II ’18 GRIT Dallas Syracuse
Kasey Choma M Manorville, N.Y. Eastport South Manor ’19 Long Island Yellow Jackets Notre Dame
Sophia DiCenso M Foxboro, Mass. Foxboro ’19 Mass Elite Richmond
Olivia Dirks M Wayne, Pa. Episcopal Academy ’19 Phantastix Penn State
Madison Doucette G West Chester, Pa. Unionville ’18 Ultimate Northwestern

Brianne Gross D El Dorado Hills, Calif. Oakridge ’18 Tenacity Vanderbilt
Rachel Hall G Cypress, Texas Cypress Woods ’18 Tenacity Houston Oregon
Elle Hansen M Cohasset, Mass. Cohasset ’18 Mass Elite Northwestern
Jane Hansen M Cohasset, Mass. Cohasset ’19 Mass Elite Northwestern
Hannah Heller M Babylon, N.Y. West Babylon ’19 Long Island Top Guns Massachusetts
Elizabeth Hillman M Fallston, Md. Bel Air ’18 Skywalkers North Carolina
Leah Holmes A Larchmont, N.Y. Hackley ’20 Snipers Elite Northwestern (verbal)
Kimber Hower G Sandy, Utah Brighton ’18 212 North Carolina
Madeleine Jenner A Annapolis, Md. McDonogh ’18 M&D Duke
Alexandra Murphy D Wantagh, N.Y. Wantagh ’17 Long Island Yellow Jackets Massachusetts
Brooklyn Neumen D Rockford, Mich. Rockford ’18 Coppermine North Carolina
Allison Palermo D Seaford, N.Y. Seaford ’17 Team Elevate Northwestern
Charlie Rudy A Novato, Calif. Novato ’18 Tenacity Colorado
Isabelle Scane M Clarkston, Mich. Cranbrook Kingswood ’18 Mass Elite Northwestern
Emma Schettig M Woodbine, Md. McDonogh ’19 M&D Maryland
Isabelle Smith M Westhampton Beach, N.Y. Westhampton Beach ’20 Long Island Yellow Jackets Boston College (verbal)
Caitlyn Wurzburger A Delray Beach, Fla. American Heritage School ’20 Florida Select North Carolina (verbal)

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