Aug. 4, 2009
BALTIMORE, Md. - Stanford women's lacrosse player Lauren Schmidt was one of 24 players selected to the U.S. Developmental team following a two-day tryout at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County last weekend.
Schmidt earned one of nine midfield spots for the 2009-10 team. It's the first national team for Schmidt, the reigning Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Year, who will be a redshirt junior this season. Others among the 64 players that advanced to the final tryout camp, but didn't make the team were Stanford's recently-graduated Jamie Nesbitt and current Stanford assistant coach Jaime Sellers.
Schmidt, a first-team All-West/Midwest Region selection, led Stanford in scoring with 35 goals and 22 assists (57 points), and led the Cardinal to its fifth consecutive MPSF title.
Team USA debuts Oct. 11 at the fourth-annual U.S. Lacrosse Stars and Stripes event. The Developmental team and gold medal-winning U.S. World Cup team will play North Carolina and James Madison at St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School in Alexandria, Va.
As described 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."
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.