Some 3,000 miles across the country, Stanford head coach Amy Bokker must be smiling. Four future Stanford players have helped Team Freedom bounce back from an opening day loss to advance to the championship game of the 2011 Champion All-American Showcase, a US Lacrosse event being held at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex as part of the ESPN RISE Games.
Kyle Fraser and Anna Salemo will be freshmen at Stanford next spring and played major roles as Freedom beat previously unbeaten Pride 20-11 to advance to the championship. That also allowed Team Spirit, which beat Team Liberty 21-11, to advance to the final. The championship game will be held on Tuesday at 2 p.m., and will be aired live on www.espn3.com.
Freedom, Pride and Spirit all finished 2-1, but Freedom and Spirit advanced to the final due to the goals allowed tie-breaker.
Fraser had five goals and two assists and Salemo had four goals and two assists, gving her 17 goals in three games at the event. Fraser is from Forth Worth Country Day (Texas) and Salemo is from Heritage (Colo.) High School and the two met at Stanford’s camp last summer.
“We click,” said Salemo, who is also a member of the U.S. U19 training team. “I call her my sister because people get us confused. We play the same style, we’re the same height, and we both have bum shoulders.”
“It’s so much fun,” said Fraser. “There’s not a lot of pressure to perform in front of coaches, and kind of the stress of ‘oh my god, I’ve got to get recruited’. It’s just relax, just play your game. It’s really fun, we’re in Disney World and you’re playing with the best girls in the country.
Two other Team Freedom players – rising high school seniors – Paige Southmayd (four goals against Pride) and Adrienne Anderson – have also verbally committed to Stanford.