Kelsey Huff Receives Invitation to U.S. National Team Tryout
SPARKS, Md. – USC lacrosse midfielder Kelsey Huff (Eastport, N.Y./Eastport-South Manor HS) is one of 50 players who have been invited to the official tryout for the U.S. national team that will represent the country at the 2021 Women's Lacrosse World Championship; as announced by national team head coach Jenny Levy and her staff on Monday, Oct. 19.
Huff is one of four Trojans who have received an invitation to the prestigious tryout. USC All-American midfielder and former assistant coach Amanda Johansen (2013-16), All-Pac-12 goalie Gussie Johns (2015-18), and two-time All-American midfielder Kerrigan Miller (2017-20) will also attend the tryout.
In 2019, Huff was an IWLCA All-Region performer and was selected to the Pac-12's All-Conference first team and the Pac-12 All-Tournament Team. In 44 games with the Women of Troy, Huff has scored 82 goals and collected 14 assists for 96 career points. She has delivered seven-career game-winning goals and has 61 ground balls, 42 caused turnovers, and 25 draw controls as a Trojan. Huff ranks fourth in career caused turnovers, fifth in shots (221), and sixth in goals in Pac-12 history.
The world championship will be hosted by US Lacrosse, July 7-17, 2021, at Towson University in Towson, Md., marking the first time the event is scheduled to be held in the United States since 2005.
The U.S. team tryouts will be held at US Lacrosse headquarters in Sparks, Md., Dec. 4-6, 2020, and will feature a strong mix of veterans and younger players. Among those included in the tryout are 10 players who helped the U.S. win the 2017 world championship in Guildford, England: Rebecca Block, Kristen Carr, Taylor Cummings, Megan Douty, Gussie Johns, Katie Haus, Marie McCool, Alice Mercer, Kayla Treanor, and Michelle Tumolo. Carr and Haus were both members of the 2013 U.S. gold-medal winning team as well; a squad that was captained by ninth-year USC head coach Lindsey Munday.
The tryout list also includes a number of players from the two most recent U.S. U19 teams: Andie Aldave (2015), Sophia DiCenso (2019), Samantha Giacolone (2015), Kerrigan Miller (2015), and Izzy Scane (2019) will participate along with three additional members of the 2019 U.S. U19 training team—Madison Ahern, Katie Detwiler, and Ally Palermo.
The United States has won the last three World Lacrosse championships (2009, 2013, 2017) and has won a record eight World Cups since the championship was first contested in Nottingham, England, in 1982. A record 30 nations are expected to compete in the 2021 championship at Towson University.
The Women of Troy were undefeated through six games and ranked No. 7 in the final IWLCA Coaches Poll of 2020, shortened due to the COVID-19 pandemic. USC had produced a 5-0 mark in home games and was 2-0 in the Pac-12. The Trojans' fifth win of the season was the 100th of eighth-year head coach Lindsey Munday's career. She is 101-42 (.706) all-time with the Women of Troy. USC was the defending Pac-12 regular-season and tournament champion and will have a chance to defend that title in 2021.
For more information on the USC women's lacrosse team, a complete schedule, and results, please visit USCTrojans.com. Fans of the Women of Troy can follow the team on Instagram and on Twitter @USCTrojansLax.