July 30, 2007
Stanford University senior Goalkeeper Laura Shane and sophomore Midfielder Lauren Schmidt and have been selected as two of the 98 players from across the country to participate in the Women's Lacrosse Developmental and Elite team tryouts. The U.S. Elite and Developmental teams are the highest level of playing experience for women's lacrosse players and coaches in the United States. Shane is a two-time All-American and 2006 MPSF Player of the Year, recording 190 saves and a .534 save percentage which ranks among the nation's best. Schmidt, a Bay Shore, NY native, was an All-MPSF Conference selection as a freshman and proved to be a very valuable newcomer.
Laura Shane was one of two goalkeepers who made the U.S.A. Elite Team roster last year, earning recognition as the youngest player on the roster, and was among only five collegiate players who made the team last year. The exclusive squad is comprised of individuals who have demonstrated their exceptional abilities as lacrosse players with regards to skill, but also through leadership and sportsmanship. The team is designed to prepare and train the best players in the country to compete against the best collegiate and international teams in the world.
Last season Schmidt scored 25 goals and had 32 points for the Cardinal, becoming one of the top three statistical leaders as a freshman.
Stanford's representation on National teams includes, Megan Burker, who finished her collegiate career in May 2006 as Stanford's all-time leading scorer, has been named to the Developmental Team for two straight years. The Baltimore native finished the 2006 season with 62 points and was named a Third Team All-American for her efforts. Recent graduate Bryanne Gilkinson ('07) playing for the U-19 Canadian National team in 2003. In 1999, Kelsey Twist ('05) competed for the US U-19 team that captured the gold medal in Perth, Australia.
Current Cardinal head coach Michele Uhlfelder is a two-time member of the U.S. World Cup team and former assistant coach Randall Goldsborough played alongside Uhlfelder as a member of the 2001 World Cup team. Former Assistant coach Kylee White is a member of the Canadian National Team and also competed at the 2001 and 2005 IFWLA World Cups. Other U.S. National team players who served as assistant coaches at Stanford include: Sarah Hughes, Jo Connelly, and Quinn Carney.
The 98 players that were selected for the tryout were from a pool of approximately 180 players that competed during the first round tryouts at Lehigh University on May 26-27th. The final tryouts for the 2007-08 US Developmental and Elite team will be held from August 3-5th at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. The head coach for the 2007-08 US Elite team is Sue Heether and the head coach for the 2007-08 US Developmental team is Amy Patton.