Daniella Gray – Contributor
US Lacrosse has unveiled a 36-strong team for the 2017 FIL Rathbones Women’s Lacrosse World Cup. The squad will train together in the run-up to the tournament but only 18 players will be selected to make the final team.
Commenting on the selection, Team USA coach Ricky Fried said: “We’re always surprised at who the 36 are, because it’s not always the 36 we thought going into the try out. That speaks volumes to the process and to the coaches and evaluators involved. It’s a process that creates great value.”
Players who will be returning to the team are Danielle Etrasco, Sarah Bullard, Allyson Carey, Kelly Rabil, Katie Schwarzmann, Kristen Carr, Jennifer Russell and Devon Wills who all helped lead the team to gold in Oshawa, Canada in 2013.
“What we’re excited about is the ability of our returning players to make our younger players feel like they are part of something bigger than themselves by being here; that it’s more meaningful to be part of a program than just part of a World Cup team.” Coach Fried.
In the lead up to the tryouts, the USA team toured the UK playing against the Home Nations; England, Scotland, Wales and a German national squad. The result was a clean sweep for team USA as it comfortably won all its matches.
Top goal scorer during the tour, Danielle Etrasco posted a video on Instagram, which gave a glimpse of the hard work the US squad have put in over the summer.
The FIL World Cup, which is to be held in Guildford, England in July 2017, is set to be the biggest one yet with 27 nations competing.
The US team, ranked number one in the world and reigning World Champions, is looking to claim its third consecutive gold, and eighth overall title in Surrey.