CAA Players On U.S. WLAX Squad
Three former CAA women's lacrosse standouts were among the 36 players selected to the 2012-14 United States Women's Lacrosse National Senior Team. Making the squad were Kelly Berger of James Madison, Grace Golden of William & Mary and Katie Hertsch of Hofstra.
The team was selected following a three-day tryout featuring more than 80 of the top players in the country. This group will serve as the training team pool for the team that will defend Team USA's 2009 gold medal at the 2013 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Cup in Oshawa, Ontario.
The team will come together for several training events before the final 18-player FIL World Cup roster is announced in February 2013, including Stars & Stripes weekend (Calif.) in October 2012 and Champion Challenge (Fla.) in January 2013. The team will also conduct numerous national team player clinics throughout the year at various sites around the country.
Berger, a four-year starter for JMU and two-time All-America selection, ranks second on JMU's career goals (184) and points (262) lists and fourth on the Dukes' career assist list (78). She was a member of U.S. Elite Team that competed in the 2008 Prague Cup. Berger was a three-time first-team All-CAA honoree and was the CAA Player of the Year in 2006.
One of the greatest players in W&M history, Golden was selected as an All-American by three organizations following her senior season in 2011. A first-team all-region selection, she was also honored as the 2011 CAA Player of the Year and became just the third player in league history to earn first-team all-conference distinction four times. Golden owns W&M's school record for career draw controls (153), while she ranks second in career points (231) and goals (187). Additionally, she ranks among the program's all-time top 10 in assists, ground balls and caused turnovers.
Hertsch was a first-team All-CAA selection in 2010 and 2011 for Hofstra. She concluded her Pride career ranked third in ground balls (138), fifth in caused turnovers (70) and sixth in draw controls (110). Hertsch was a first-team All-Mid-Atlantic Region honoree in 2010.
The Team USA roster by position with collegiate alma maters and previous U.S. team experience noted:
Katrina Dowd, Northwestern ^
Danielle Etrasco, Boston ^
Molly Ford, Georgetown ^
Karri Ellen Johnson, Maryland %
Holly McGarvie, Princeton *^
Lindsey Munday, Northwestern *^
Katie Rowan, Syracuse *^
Shannon Smith, Northwestern ^%
Michelle Tumolo, Syracuse ^
Sarah Albrecht, Northwestern *^
Kelly Berger, James Madison ^
Sarah Bullard, Duke *^%
Allyson Carey, Vanderbilt ^%
Tatum Coffey, Penn State #
Taylor D'Amore, Johns Hopkins
Brittany Dashiell, Florida
Grace Golden, William & Mary ^
Kristin Igoe, Boston College ^
Caitlyn McFadden, Maryland *^
Kelly McPartland, Maryland #
Katie Schwarzmann, Maryland ^
Lauren Schwarzmann, Johns Hopkins ^
Laura Zimmermann, North Carolina ^
Kelly Barnes, Georgetown
Rebecca Block, Syracuse
Kristen Carr, North Carolina ^
Amber Falcone, North Carolina *^
Katie Hertsch, Hofstra ^
Regina Oliver, Ohio State *^
Jennifer Russell, North Carolina ^
Iliana Sanza, Maryland
Liz Hogan, Syracuse
Megan Huether, Duke *^
Kendall McBrearty, Virginia ^
Michaela Meagher, Florida
Devon Wills, Dartmouth *^
* 2009 U.S. women's national team member
^ 2011-12 U.S. women's national training team member
# 2011 U.S. women's national under-19 team member
% 2007 U.S. women's national under-19 team member