Aug. 2, 2010
BALTIMORE - Maryland landed two current and two former players on the 2010-11 U.S. senior women's national lacrosse team, announced Monday morning.
Current Terps Brittany Poist and Katie Schwarzmann join Caitlyn McFadden and Acacia Walker on this year's squad. McFadden and Walker earned gold medals as members of the 2009 national team in Prague. The 36 players selected by the coaching staff will train for the 2013 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Cup.
Poist, a senior defender, and Schwarzmann, a sophomore midfielder, both played critical roles on this year's Terrapin national championship squad.
"This was the most competitive tryout I've ever been a part of," Ricky Fried, head coach of this year's team, said. "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."
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, the US Lacrosse Stars & Stripes Weekend, and a series of U.S. National Team Clinics at various locations around the country.
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 gold, defeating Australia, 8-7, in Prague. The U.S. women's senior team has won either gold or silver in all seven world championships conducted since 1986.