Aug. 3, 2010
BALTIMORE - Stanford midfielder Lauren Schmidt was selected to the U.S. national team on Tuesday. US Lacrosse announced the roster for the 2010-11 U.S. senior women's national lacrosse team after three days of tryouts at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, July 30 - Aug. 1. The 36 players selected by the coaching staff will train for the 2013 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Cup.
Schmidt is the two-time defending MPSF Player of the Year and an IWLCA third team All-American. She will join head coach Amy Bokker with the American team. Bokker was named an assistant coach for the U.S. squad earlier this year.
"This was the most competitive tryout I've ever been a part of," said Team USA head coach, Ricky Fried. "We think that this is the best team of 36 players for the style and tempo we want to play. This group will comprise the core of the team which will defend the gold medal in 2013."
"Watching tryouts is a truly inspiring experience," said Nathaniel Badder, director of the U.S. national lacrosse teams program. "Our heartfelt thanks go out to all who participated. These players were so impressive and really made the job of the selectors difficult. They all played so hard on the field and carried themselves so well off of it. It's going to be exciting to watch them come together in the months and years ahead."
In addition to quadrennial world cup play, the U.S. team program competes on an annual basis with tryouts held each summer. Among the annual activities are participation in the US Lacrosse Champion Challenge each January, the US Lacrosse Stars & Stripes Weekend each October and a series of U.S. National Team Clinics at various locations around the country to teach youth and high school players about the sport and the national team program.
The location and dates of the 2013 FIL World Championship have not yet been announced by the Federation of International Lacrosse. In 2009, Team USA won the gold at the quadrennial event, beating Australia 8-7 in Prague, Czech Republic. The U.S. women's senior team has won either gold or silver in all seven world championships conducted since 1986.