BALTIMORE – US Lacrosse announced Tuesday the final 18-player roster for the U.S. under-19 women’s national team that will travel to Hannover, Germany, for the 2011 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) U19 World Championship in August.
The U.S. U19 team was trimmed from the 24-player training team after games last weekend against Rollins College and Jacksonville University at Champion Challenge, a US Lacrosse event in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
“For every single player on the team, it was down to this weekend,” said Team USA head coach Krystin Porcella. “We felt like we made some good decisions [at tryouts] in August that it was that close down to the wire.”
The team includes two sets of high school teammates. Attacker Cortney Fortunato, the team’s youngest player and a sophomore at Northport (N.Y.) High School, will reunite with Northport senior midfielder Shannon Gilroy for Team USA. Attacker Brigid Smith and defender Caileigh Sindall, meanwhile, are both seniors for Good Counsel just outside Washington, D.C.
Attacker Covie Stanwick will continue a family legacy in the US Lacrosse national teams programs. Stanwick’s older sisters Sheehan and Coco played for U.S. Elite and U19 teams, respectively. Coco was the captain of the 2003 U.S. U19 team that won a gold medal at the world championships in Towson, Md. Stanwick’s older brother, Steele, made the 2008 U.S. U19 men’s national team that won gold in Coquitlam, British Columbia, but could not participate due to injury.
The 2011 U.S. U19 women’s national team includes 10 US Lacrosse high school All-Americans, six players each from Maryland and New York, three from Massachusetts, two from Pennsylvania and one from New Jersey. Midfielder Madison Acton, a player-voted captain of the training team who appeared on the cover of the January issue of Lacrosse Magazine, leads the Massachusetts contingent. Midfielder Taylor Trimble out of Philadelphia is a two-time winner of the Heather Leigh Albert Award as the nation’s top high school player at the US Lacrosse Women’s Division National Tournament.
Team USA has won 20 consecutive games in U19 international play dating back to 1999. The U.S. has won gold medals in the last three world championships after falling to Australia in the 1995 final, its lone defeat in 27 games.
The current U.S. U19 team will regroup May 28-29 at Stony Brook University in New York for the US Lacrosse Women’s National Tournament before moving onto the FIL World Championship Aug. 3-14 in Hannover.
2011 U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team
Name Position Hometown/High School
Madison Acton Midfield Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln Sudbury Regional ’12
Alyssa Blevins Defense Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright ’11
Tatum Coffey Midfield Toms River, N.J./Toms River North ’11
Jen Cook Attack Towson, Md./ McDonogh ’11
Kelsey Duryea Goalie Beverly, Mass./Governor’s Academy ’12
Christine Ferguson Defense Weston, Mass./St. Paul’s ’11
Cortney Fortunato Attack Northport, N.Y./Northport ’13
Shannon Gilroy Midfield Northport, N.Y./Northport ’11
Erin McMunn Attack Westminster, Md./Winters Mill ’11
Kelly McPartland Midfield Farmingdale, N.Y./Farmingdale ’11
Allie Murray Goalie Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown ’11
Mikaela Rix Midfield Garden City, N.Y./Garden City ’11
Caileigh Sindall Defense Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel ’11
Brigid Smith Attack Rockville, Md./Good Counsel ’11
Covie Stanwick Attack Baltimore, Md./Notre Dame Prep ’11
Barbara Sullivan Defense Garden City, N.Y./Garden City ’11
Kayla Treanor Midfield Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna ’12
Taylor Trimble Midfield Rosemont, Pa./Episcopal Academy ’11