Albrecht Named To Team USA Canadian Tour Team
Feb. 7, 2012
BALTIMORE - UMass women's lacrosse assistant coach Sarah Albrecht will play for Team USA as the U.S. women's national senior team takes part in the North American Challenge Cup which will be held this July in Oshawa, Canada. The official Team USA roster was named last week with Albrecht serving in her sixth season as a member of the Stars & Stripes.
The Braintree, Mass. native was named to the U.S. National women's lacrosse team for the sixth straight season this year and took place in the annual Champions Challenge this past January to kick off the new season.
Albrecht was one of the top scorer's at the Prague Cup in June 2008 and named to the FIL All-World team for her efforts in helping Team USA win the gold at the 2009 Federation of International Lacrosse World Cup. Albrecht scored 14 goals and handed out three assists in seven games for her team. She scored the game-winner in the USA's first victory over Australia and scored four goals in a win over England.
The Canadian Tour will serve as a tune-up for the 2013 FIL World Cup which will be held in Oshawa. The touring team was selected from the 38-player 2011-12 U.S. Women's senior team.
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After the North American Challenge Cup, the touring team will return to the U.S. and, in less than two weeks, be ready to try out for the 2012-13 U.S. women's national senior team July 27-29. The first round of open tryouts, from which current U.S. women's senior team players are exempt, will be held May 25-27 at the US Lacrosse National Tournament (formerly Women's Division National Tournament) in Stony Brook, N.Y. Following the second round of tryouts, a team of 36 players will be selected. En route to the 2013 World Cup, this group will gather for several training weekends and competitions in September, October (at US Lacrosse's Stars & Stripes event), November and January 2013 (Champion Challenge). Immediately following Champion Challenge, the final 18-player FIL World Cup team plus alternate(s) will be selected.
"We are fortunate to have a pool of very talented players such that each brings something different to the table," said U.S. women's senior team head coach Ricky Fried. "As the coaching staff built the roster for this summer, we focused on selecting a group that complemented one another and displayed superior decision-making abilities on the field. We are confident that we have selected a group with a team-first mentality that can thrive within our system. While by no means is this the final group for the 2013 FIL World Cup, we are pleased with the way our team is progressing and look forward to reuniting this summer."
Among the 24-player roster are 12 returnees from the gold medal-winning 2009 FIL World Cup team and six players who are currently in college. The roster is as follows:
No., Name, Position, College
* Member of 2009 U.S. World Cup Team
Champion is the official apparel sponsor of the U.S. women's national teams. deBeer is the official equipment sponsor of the U.S. women's national teams. Marriott and Nationwide are official sponsors of the National Teams Program.
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