US Lacrosse WDNT Heads to Long Island
by Brian Logue | LaxMagazine.com
One of the nation’s most historic lacrosse events takes
place this weekend with the playing of the US Lacrosse
Women’s Division National Tournament, presented by deBeer and
the HLA Foundation. The games will be played on Long Island at
Stony Brook University and Ward Melville High School on Saturday
The event, which dates to the 1930s, has evolved into one of the nation’s premier recruiting events for women’s lacrosse. This year’s tournament field will feature a record 60 teams competing in the Schoolgirls Division and those teams represent players from 30 states. Also competing will be six teams in the Seniors Only Division, including the U.S. and Canadian U19 teams, and nearly 100 players that will be competing in the Stars & Stripes Division, the first round of tryouts for the 2011-12 U.S. national team.
The feature event of the weekend will be an exhibition between the U.S. and Canadian U19 teams on Saturday night at Ward Melville High School beginning at 6:30 p.m. The U.S. and Canadian teams are two of the top medal contenders for this summer’s Federation of International Lacrosse Women’s U19 World Championship, which will be held in Hannover, Germany in August.
The Schoolgirls Division features 60 teams competing in seven different flights, highlighted by the Onondaga Division. The 10-team Onondaga Division includes two teams each from Baltimore and Long Island as well as representatives from Lower New England, Philadelphia, North and South Jersey, Upstate New York and Washington D.C. Players are selected to represent different regions for this event after a tryout process, as opposed to playing for their normal club or travel teams.
Following the completion of the Onondaga Division championship game on Sunday afternoon, the HLA Foundation will present the Heather Leigh Albert Award, which is given to the top player in the Schoolgirls Division at the event. Taylor Trimble, the current captain of the U.S. U19 team, received the award the last two seasons, joining a distinguished list of previous winners that includes former U.S. World Cup team players Lauren Aumiller and Katie Chrest.
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