Trojan Staff and Players Chosen to 2015-16 U.S. National Team Tryout Pool|
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May 12, 2015
LOS ANGELES - USC women's lacrosse sophomore attacker Michaela Michael (Hillsborough, Calif./Menlo School), junior midfielder Amanda Johansen (Glen Head, N.Y./North Shore HS), and assistant coaches Devon Wills and Alyssa Leonard were each named to the 108-player tryout pool for the 2015-16 U.S. Women's National Team as announced by US Lacrosse on Monday, May 11. The tryout will take place June 12-14 at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md.
The three-day tryout will produce a group of 36-40 players that are selected to the 2015-16 U.S. Women's National Team, which will train in the lead-up to the 2017 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Women's World Cup in Guildford, England. Ultimately, 18 players will be chosen from that group to represent the United States as the team goes for a third consecutive and eighth overall world title.
A total of seven players from the squad that won gold at the 2013 FIL World Cup in Oshawa, Ontario, return to try out, including all-world goalkeeper Wills, attacker Danielle Etrasco, midfielders Sarah Bullard, Ally Carey, Kelly Rabil, and Katie Schwarzmann, and defender Jenn Russell. USC head coach Lindsey Munday served as captain to Team USA in 2013 and was named to the 2009 All-World Team as she helped her country win back-to-back world championships. Both Wills and Leonard were members of the 2014-15 U.S. Women's National Team.
In a breakout season, Michael was named the MPSF Player of the Year and earned IWLCA All-West/Midwest Region first-team honors. She set new MPSF and school records for draw controls in a game (15) and in a single season (123); and holds the Trojans' program mark for goals in a season (63). She scored five or more goals in six games this season and had at least a hat trick in 13 contests. Michael was named the MPSF Offensive Player of the Week (April 13) and was chosen as the Epoch/LaxMagazine National Player of the Week (April 14) this year. She completed her season with 76 points (63g, 13a), five game-winning goals, 123 draw controls, 18 ground balls, and 13 caused turnovers.
One of the Trojans' captains, Johansen started all 20 games as a junior and was named to the IWLCA All-Region second team and the MPSF All-Conference team. She was honored as the MPSF Offensive Player of the Week (April 6). Johansen logged 57 points in 2015 (40g, 17a) and was second on the team with 57 draw controls. She also had 28 ground balls, 20 caused turnovers, and a game-winning goal.
In a historic season for the program, Munday was named the MPSF Coach of the Year and put seven players on the MPSF All-Conference team. She led the team to its most wins in a season (14), its most conference victories (8), a program-best second-place finish in the MPSF, the team's first appearance in the MPSF tournament final, and an unprecedented selection to the NCAA tournament field. There, the Trojans earned a first-round win over James Madison before falling to third-seeded Duke in the round of 16. USC received its first votes in the IWLCA Coaches Poll this season, and completed the year with a 14-6 overall record (8-1 in the MPSF).
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