June 3, 2009
As decribed on the U.S. Lacrosse Web site, "The Developmental team program serves as a means by which the adult lacrosse player can gain greater exposure to international competition and continue to develop her skills with the aim of becoming a member of the Elite or World Cup team. The squad is selected for a period of one year, annually."
Nesbitt and Schmidt were among 150 collegians to participate in the Stars and Stripes Division of the U.S. Lacrosse Women's Division National Tournament, which acted as the first round of the U.S. team selection process. Schmidt, a redshirt sophomore midfielder, earned the Aimee Willard Award as the top collegiate player in the event, which was held over Memorial Day weekend in Bel Air, Md.
Nesbitt, a midfield player, helped Stanford to four Mountain Pacific Sports Federation titles during her career and was an all-tournament choice as a senior.
The second round of tryouts for the 2009-10 team takes place Aug. 1-2 in Baltimore, where the final selections will be determined.
Stanford has a recent history of being part of U.S. national teams. School all-time goal-scoring leader Megan Burker (class of '06) was a two-time developmental team selection. Goalie Laura Shane ('08) played for the U.S. elite team and Kelsey Twist ('05) was on the U.S. under-19 team.