WASHINGTON - Eight current or former University of North Carolina lacrosse players have made the U.S. Women's National Team, more than any school in the nation. US Lacrosse released the 38-player roster for its 2014-15 team on Sunday after a three-day tryout held at Georgetown University.
The eight Tar Heels on the roster are attacker Becky Lynch (UNC class of 2012), midfielders Maggie Bill (2017), Emily Garrity (2013) and Laura Zimmerman (2012), defenders Jenn Russell (2010), Sloane Serpe (2014) and Courtney Waite (2015) and goalie Caylee Waters (2017).
Players were selected from an 81-player invite-only tryout pool, and were evaluated by the U.S. Women's National Team coaching staff, led by head coach Ricky Fried, as well as several top-level college coaches. The team will train and compete in several exhibition events in the lead-up to the 2017 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Women's World Cup in Surrey, England. Ultimately, 18 players will represent the U.S. as the team goes for a third consecutive and eighth overall world title.
A team-high eight players are graduates of or currently play for the University of North Carolina, with the University of Maryland and Syracuse University placing seven current and former players each.
"We appreciate the tremendous effort put forth by this group of players this weekend," said Ricky Fried, head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team. "While it's always a difficult task to select from among the most decorated players in the country, we're excited to begin the process of defending the gold medal with this new group."
The team will next convene for a training weekend August 1-3 at Georgetown University.
The 38-player training team, by position with school and graduation year noted:
Alex Aust, Maryland 2013
Danielle Etrasco, Boston University 2013 *
Stephanie Finley, James Madison 2015
Cortney Fortunato, Notre Dame 2017 +
Alyssa Leonard, Northwestern 2014
Becky Lynch, North Carolina 2012
Erin McMunn, Princeton 2015 +
Lindsey Munday, Northwestern 2006 *^
Alyssa Murray, Syracuse 2014
Courtney Swan, Virginia 2015
Kayla Treanor, Syracuse 2016 +
Michelle Tumolo, Syracuse 2013
Maggie Bill, North Carolina 2017
Sarah Bullard, Duke 2011 *^
Taylor Cummings, Maryland 2016
Emily Garrity, North Carolina 2013
Caitlyn McFadden, Maryland 2010 *^
Kelly McPartland, Maryland 2015 +
Kelly Rabil, James Madison 2007 *
Mikaela Rix, Boston College 2015 +
Katie Schwarzmann, Maryland 2013 *
Taylor Trimble, Duke 2015 +
Taryn VanThof, Loyola 2015
Katie Webster, Syracuse 2014
Laura Zimmerman, North Carolina 2012
Becca Block, Syracuse 2013
Megan Douty, Maryland 2015
Elizabeth Goslee, Marquette 2016
Katie Hertsch, Hofstra 2010
Alice Mercer, Maryland 2016
Kasey Mock, Syracuse 2014
Jenn Russell, North Carolina 2010 *
Sloane Serpe, North Carolina 2014
Morgan Stephens, Virginia 2015
Courtney Waite, North Carolina 2015
Liz Hogan, Syracuse 2011
Caroline Waters, North Carolina 2017
Devon Wills, Dartmouth 2006 *^
*Member of world champion 2013 U.S. women's national team
^Member of world champion 2009 U.S. women's national team
+Member of world champion 2011 U.S. women's national under-19 team
For more information on the U.S. women's national team, visit uslacrosse.org/teamusa.