Current and Former USC Lacrosse Athletes Set for U.S. National Team Tryouts
LOS ANGELES – USC lacrosse senior Kelsey Huff (Eastport, N.Y.) and three alumnae of the program including All-American midfielders Amanda Johansen (Glen Head, NY.) and Kerrigan Miller (Bayport, N.Y.), and All-Pac-12 goalie Gussie Johns (Washington, D.C.) will participate in this week's U.S. National Team tryout camp (June 9-11) at the USA Lacrosse headquarters in Sparks, Md.
Following an 18-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Team USA will reconvene for tryouts and workouts this week under head coach Jenny Levy. Levy and her staff will welcome 61 of the nation's top women's lacrosse players to the tryout camp.
"We look forward to welcoming in a talented group of players to kick off our quest for 2022 World Championship gold," said Levy. "It has been a long 18 months since we have been together as a program and I know everyone is looking forward to getting back out on the field in the red, white, and blue."
Included among the 61 players are nine gold medalists from the 2017 U.S. team — Becca Block, Kristen Carr, Taylor Cummings, Meg Douty, Gussie Johns, Marie McCool, Alice Mercer, Kayla Treanor and Michelle Tumolo — but also number of collegiate players new to the U.S. team program. The tryout pool will also include three gold medalists from the 2019 U.S. U19 team — Sophia DiCenso, Izzy Scane and Belle Smith — who will be getting their first experience with the U.S. senior team.
The event is closed to the general public, but a special livestream will be carried by Lax Sports Network on the evening on Thursday, June 10. The livestream will be hosted by former U.S. national team players Sheehan Stanwick Burch and Kristen Kjellman Marshall, giving lacrosse fans a behind-the-scenes and up-close look at the training process and a group of talented athletes.
"This event will have a mixture of players who have previously been on the U.S. training team in addition to collegiate players who have established themselves as standouts in conference and nationally during the 2021 season," Levy said. "Picking up where we left off before COVID, June marks the continuation of our process to build a pool of players that we will use to select a training team of 36 and eventually a roster of 18 for the 2022 World Championship."
USA Lacrosse will host the next World Lacrosse Women's World Championship from June 29-July 9, 2022 at Towson University. It's the first time the event has been held in the United States since 2005 and a record 30 nations are expected to compete.
The USC lacrosse team went 9-7 overall with a 6-3 record in the Pac-12 to finish the regular season in second place in the league standings. USC faced Colorado and fell by a single goal in the conference tournament semifinals. Ninth-year head coach Lindsey Munday earned her 110th career victory during the season. Kelsey Huff was named the Pac-12 Midfielder of the Year and Madison Waters was chosen as the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.
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.