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NCAA Lacrosse: Stanford Women’s Lacrosse Travels To 2013 Navy Fall Invitational To Face North Carolina, Delaware, Syracuse & Boston College On Oct 12; Cardinal Then Play Team USA On Oct 13


Stanford Women's Lacrosse 2013 vs Team USA

It’s only fall and the Stanford lacrosse team has only trained together for a short time in preparation for a season that begins officially in February. But this weekend is significant for the Cardinal.
On Saturday, Stanford plays defending national champion North Carolina and NCAA semifinalist Syracuse, among other opponents, at the Navy Fall Invitational.
On Sunday, the Cardinal plays the U.S. national team in a game that will air nationally on ESPN3.com from the Stars & Stripes Tournament in Towson, Md.

Stanford Women's Lacrosse 2013 Navy Fall Invitational Schedule

The Navy tournament is a 15-team affair, and includes eight NCAA tournament teams from 2012. Stanford is among them.

The Cardinal opens against North Carolina (10:30 a.m. ET, 7:30 a.m. PT), and follows with games against Delaware (11:30 a.m. ET, 8:30 a.m. PT), Syracuse (2:30 p.m. ET, 11:30 a.m. PT), and Boston College (4:30 p.m. ET, 1:30 p.m. PT). Only Delaware did not reach the NCAA tournament last year. Also, games will be 45 minutes long.

“It’s a great opportunity for our freshmen to get in right away and start to understand the speed at which the game at our level is played at,” Bokker said. “Syracuse and UNC are known as two of the fastest teams in the country.

“Playing those four high-caliber games in one day gives us an opportunity to get better throughout the day and work on different things that we’ve been working on at practice.

“Definitely, we won’t be results focused. We’ll be working on things that we’ve been working on in practice and put them into place, and try them against opponents who are going hard and fast and compete at a high level.”

On Sunday, Stanford heads to Towson University. Stanford will be one of four 2013 NCAA tournament teams that will play the U.S. national team that weekend. The others are Navy, Georgetown, and Towson.

Stanford opens against Towson (9:30 a.m. ET, 6:30 a.m. PT) and concludes with the U.S. (11 a.m. ET, 8 a.m. PT). It will mark the second consecutive fall that Stanford has met the U.S. Last year, the U.S. team played at Stanford.

“It’s awesome for our players to put themselves against the best,” Bokker said. “Quite a few have aspirations of playing at that level. It’s good for them to see what it takes to get there. They’ll get a really good sense of the high level of play, and it can build a lot of confidence if you can make a play or score a goal a goal against the best players in the world. “

The connection between Stanford and the U.S. team is Bokker, who recently extended her duties as a U.S. assistant coach through the team’s 2017 World Cup run. She helped the U.S. to the 2013 World Cup title.

Bokker will be scrambling to some extent. Her priority for the weekend will be her duties for the U.S. team, which means she will be on the U.S. sideline when the national team plays Stanford.

The weekend will serve many purposes, including this one: “It’s important for our program to show that we’re willing to put ourselves up against the best,” Bokker said.

Plus, the exposure from ESPN certainly will help get the word out, particularly to the East Coast, that Stanford, winner of eight Mountain Pacific Sports Federation titles in nine years, is a rising power in the sport.

Stanford will return home for its alumnae game (Oct. 19), and the Stanford Play Day, involving six schools in a series of short games on Oct. 26 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  The fall season concludes Nov. 1 with an intrasquad matchup (4 p.m.).

Stanford is coming off a 14-6 season that featured the program’s first NCAA tournament victory – an 8-7 triumph over Notre Dame. Stanford’s Rachel Ozer and Anna Kim are returning IWLCA All-Region players and were among six Cardinal named to the All-MPSF team.

So far, Bokker has been impressed with how the team’s five seniors –Kim, Ozer, Megan Lerner, Lyndsey Munoz, and Nina Swanson – have taken on leadership roles. Among the freshmen, Kelsey Murray and Elizabeth Cusick have been especially impressive.

“This will be a test to see how everyone fares, how they do against this high level,” Bokker said. “It will be really fun for us.”

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Team USA Lacrosse: “2013 U.S. Women’s Lacrosse” Highlights During FIL World Cup (Video)


Behind-the-scenes outtakes with 2013 Team USA Women’s Lacrosse from this summer’s World Cup.

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Team USA Lacrosse: U.S. Women’s National Lacrosse Team To Face Stanford Women’s Lacrosse, Georgetown, Navy And Towson On Oct 12-13 At Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium


Team USA Women's Lacrosse Team

Fresh off of winning the 2013 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Cup, the U.S. Women’s National Team will return to the field for the first time on Oct. 12-13 in Annapolis and Towson, Md. Over the eighth annual Stars & Stripes weekend, Team USA will face four college teams who earned NCAA tournament bids in 2012—Georgetown, Navy, Stanford and Towson.
Game Schedule
Saturday, Oct. 12 (at Navy – Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium)
4 p.m. – U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Navy
6 p.m. – U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Georgetown
Sunday, Oct. 13 (at Towson – Johnny Unitas Stadium)
11 a.m. – U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Stanford
12:30 p.m. – U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Towson

The U.S. Women claimed a record eighth FIL World Cup title with a 19-5 gold medal game win over Canada on July 20 in Oshawa, Ontario. The win capped a dominant 7-0 tournament run that saw

Team USA will take the field for the first time since winning gold in Canada in October at Stars and Stripes weekend. Photo by ©JC Pinheiro for Lacrosse Magazine

Team USA will take the field for the first time since winning gold in Canada in October at Stars and Stripes weekend. Photo by ©JC Pinheiro for Lacrosse Magazine

the U.S. set World Cup records for victory margin (13.2 goals per game), goals in a tournament (127) and goals per game (18.1).

U.S. team head coach Ricky Fried, currently entering his ninth season at the helm of Georgetown’s women’s program, will coach against his Hoya squad, which advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament in 2012.

Team USA will travel with its 38-player training team roster, which will include 15 members of the gold medal-winning squad. Notable returners include All-World attackers Katrina Dowd (Northwestern), Lindsey Munday (Northwestern) and Katie Rowan (Syracuse), defender Amber Falcone (North Carolina) and goalie Devon Wills (Dartmouth).

For more information on the U.S. Women’s National Team, visit uslacrosse.org/uswomen. Follow the team on Facebook at fb.com/uslacrosse, get updates on Twitter at @uslacrosse and use #USAWLAX.

“2013 FIL Women’s Lacrosse World Cup”: Team USA Women’s Lacrosse Defeats England 17-7


Team USA Women's Lacrosse vs England 2013

The U.S. Women’s National Team rode the momentum of an 11-goal first half run to begin the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Cup with a 17-7 victory over England on Thursday. Ten players tallied goals in a balanced attack by the Americans.
England scored first, as Laura Merrifield (University of Maryland) finished a shot on the doorstep just 47 seconds into the contest. From there, the U.S. took over, scoring 11 straight goals over a 21:19 period in the first half to take a commanding 13-2 lead into halftime. The U.S. defense was led by goalie Devon Wills (Dartmouth College), who allowed just two goals while making five saves in 35-plus minutes of action. Despite a second half surge from England, the U.S. was able to preserve the double-digit win.
Three players recorded a team-high four points each for the U.S., including Sarah Albrecht (Northwestern University), Katrina Dowd (Northwestern University) and Katie Rowan (Syracuse University). U.S. team midfielder Ally Carey (Vanderbilt University) scored two goals and added a game-high six draw controls to earn player of the match honors. Kristen Lafferty (University of Birmingham) paced England with three goals and one assist, while Merrifield added three goals.
The win puts Team USA atop Pool A with a 1-0 record heading into Saturday’s 4:30 p.m. ET matchup against Wales. The U.S. holds a perfect 6-0 mark against Wales in World Cup competition, with an average victory margin of more than 13 goals. The two teams last met in the 2005 World Cup in Annapolis, Md., with the U.S. winning 11-4.

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Team USA Women’s Lacrosse: Kelly Berger Has Toiled Ten Years, Including Three Knee Surgeries, To Finally Make The 2013 World Cup Lacrosse Team


Team USA Women's Lacrosse TeamKelly Berger spent nearly a decade toiling in the U.S. women’s national teams program — a journey that started in 2005 and included three knee surgeries and a close call in 2009. She should have felt ecstatic about being named to the 2013 World Cup team in February. Only 18 players nationwide get that privilege.

Kelly Berger will finally have a chance to play with the senior national team next month in Ontario.  Photo by © John Strohsacker

Kelly Berger will finally have a chance to play with the senior national team next month in Ontario. Photo by © John Strohsacker

As a junior at James Madison, Berger had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in her left knee. She recovered in time to enjoy her best season as a collegiate player with 59 goals, 34 assists and a first-team IWLCA All-American nod.

But then Berger tore her ACL in the same knee during the first practice of fall ball in September 2006. She balked even at the suggestion of redshirting. Three days later, she was on the operating table. Hours after surgery, she began her two-a-day rehabilitation program with Tom Kuster, James Madison’s director of sports medicine.

Five months later — a recovery time that would make Adrian Petersen blush — Berger played in the Dukes’ season opener against Notre Dame.

After another All-American campaign, Berger, who had a previous stint with the U.S. Developmental Team, qualified for the 2007-08 U.S. Elite team. In her first competition on the senior circuit, the October 2007 US Lacrosse Stars and Stripes weekend in Oregon, Berger felt a painfully familiar pop, this time in her right knee. “Same dodge, same way, no contact. Just a face dodge, a plant-and-go,” she said.

This time, Berger had to manage her own ACL rehab. It took nine months. But then-U.S. coach Sue Heether had seen enough  out of Berger to take her to the Czech Republic for the 2008 Prague Cup — a prelude to the World Cup.

It was too soon. “I played horrible,” Berger said. She regretted that performance a year later when she was left off of the World Cup roster.

Berger’s emotional roller coaster continued when she received a late overture from Heether days before the event. Already overseas, the U.S. coach was worried Whitney Douthett would not be ready due to an injury. But Berger had just accepted a job as the coach at UMBC and was settling on a house when she got the surprise phone call. Begrudgingly, she declined.

Berger’s confidence stems not only from the way she looks, but also the way she trains. She works out six days a week, normally in the morning. She starts with interval training and ends with weights. On Sundays, she’ll let loose with a 10-mile run around Baltimore.

Once the youngest coach in Division I, Berger’s career came to a halt in 2012. She did not finish the season at UMBC and resigned in June. Due to settlement and severance agreements with the university, she could not comment on the circumstances of her departure.

One unexpected benefit of the life change: Berger could spend more time honing her craft as a lacrosse player and conditioning her body for the more physical international game. She has spent the last year observing Jay Dyer, the Johns Hopkins strength and conditioning coach who trains several pro players — including her fiancé, two time Major League Lacrosse MVP and 2010 FIL World Championship MVP Paul Rabil.

For more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/teamusa/women/2012-13/news/062413_berger_look_good_feel_good

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USC Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach Lindsey Munday Elected Team Captain Of US Women’s Lacrosse National Team


Lindsey Munday was elected team captain of the U.S. Women’s Lacrosse National Team by the 24-player traveling team that will face Canada and the Haudenosaunee in this weekend’s North American Challenge Cup in Oshawa, Ontario.

“It’s a huge honor. I’m so fortunate to be a part of this team. I think everyone feels that. We’re all so lucky to represent our country, and it’s crazy surprising that I was voted [captain],”Munday said.

Munday is currently coach at the University of Southern California in addition to her role with Team USA. As a college player, she was a two-time NCAA champion at Northwestern in 2005 and 2006 and a Tewaaraton finalist in the same years. Munday holds the Wildcats’ career assists record (128), and served as an assistant at her alma mater between 2007 and 2010, during which time Northwestern won three more NCAA championships.

“Lindsey’s a great player and a great leader, which makes for a terrific captain. DJ’s a tough act to follow, but Lindsey’s more than up to the task,” Team USA coach Ricky Fried said.

DeJuliis presented Munday with an official captain’s armband, which Munday jokingly tried to fit over the cast that currently encases her left wrist. Munday broke her wrist during an unlucky fall while training for the North American Challenge Cup, but even without her dominant hand, she still made her presence known well enough that her teammates chose her as their leader.

For more: http://www.laxmagazine.com/teamusa/women/2011-12/news/071212_munday_named_captain_of_us_womens_lacrosse_team