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Kayla Treanor scored four times in the first 16 minutes of a 12-8 victory for the Blue team in Saturday's intra-squad game and also scored in a 10-9 win over the WPLL select team.

Magical Night as Team USA Competes at President's Cup


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The final scoreboard showed three victories for the U.S. women's national team on Saturday night, but that wasn't what had head coach Jenny Levy excited.

"It's really great to play Blue-White and FIL rules," Levy said. "It's really great to play the trial Olympic rules, but what has pushed it over the edge is the amount of kids and parents and all the fans that have come out to watch the U.S. team play over the past three hours. We're in Disney, so I'm going to call it magical."

Playing in conjunction with the IWLCA President's Cup at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort, the U.S. team opened the schedule with a Blue-White exhibition played under Federation of International Lacrosse rules that the Blue team won 12-8.

Following that game, the U.S. team played games under modified FIL trial rules against select teams from the United Women's Lacrosse League and the Women's Professional Lacrosse League. The U.S. downed the UWLX squad 17-7 and then held on to beat the WPLL team 10-9 as Liz Hogan made a save with 15 seconds remaining to preserve the win.


"What has pushed it over the edge is the amount of kids and parents and all the fans that have come out to watch the U.S. team play over the past three hours. We're in Disney, so I'm going to call it magical." — U.S. head coach Jenny Levy


The games against the professional teams were played using a 6-on-6 format on a condensed field with draws only to start the four 8-minute quarters and a 45-second shot clock. The U.S. team first experimented with the rules, seen as a potential Olympic option for the sport, last month following the Team USA Fall Classic at US Lacrosse headquarters.

"We've played a couple different versions of the rules now, so we're trying to differentiate what's what, but it's fast," Levy said. "I thought it was super competitive. I thought it showcased both offense and defense, and goalkeeping. It showcased ball movement and athleticism and it's really exciting to watch."

The entire night also provided a showcase for some of the younger players training with the U.S. team this weekend. Levy invited six current collegiate players — Sam Apuzzo and Dempsey Arsenault from Boston College, Molly Dougherty and Charlotte Haggerty from James Madison, Ally Kennedy from Stony Brook and Emma Trenchard from North Carolina — to Florida for the weekend and they fit right in on a team that features 12 players from gold-medal winning 2017 U.S. World Cup team.

"Obviously they're coming off a great fall with their college programs so their fitness is good," Levy said. "We did so many different things over the past 48 hours in practice and in playing, so it really gave them an opportunity to showcase what their special talents are and I think they all did that really well."

"It was actually a dream come true," Kennedy said. "I've been waiting for this moment since I was eight years old. I really love all the girls here and they accepted me as their teammate this weekend. I'm really thankful for this opportunity."

Kennedy had a goal and an assist for the White team in the intra-squad game and then poured in four goals and two assists to lead the U.S. team past the UWLX squad.

Arsenault also had a big night with two goals in the Blue team's win and then she scored three times in the third quarter to help the U.S. beat the WPLL squad. Apuzzo, the 2018 Tewaaraton winner, had a pair of goals in both games.








The veterans also had plenty of highlights.

Kayla Treanor, who set a U.S. scoring record with 43 points at the 2017 FIL World Cup, dominated the early portion of the Blue-White game. She scored four goals in the opening 16 minutes to help to help the Blue team to an early lead in its 12-8 victory. Her World Cup teammate, Alex Aust, also had two goals and an assist in that victory and added two more goals in the win over the WPLL squad. 

Taylor Cummings was dominant in the midfield throughout the night and scored twice in the win over the UWLX team. Kylie Ohlmiller, a member of the training team for the last World Cup team, also had a big night with two goals and three assists in the Blue-White game and then a pair of goals in the win over the UWLX.

The U.S. team will next hit the field when it heads to California in January to play games against Stanford and England as part of a weekend that will also include the U.S. women's U19 team.

"We're really starting to get the message out to what are visions are for the program, both in the next two to three years for the World Cup and long-term for the Olympics," Levy said. "We're excited to take the team out to California. I'm really looking forward to spending more time with this team. It's so fun. They're really talented and I feel very grateful for the opportunity."




PHOTO BY SCOTT MCCALL

Big crowds greeted the U.S. women's national team at the IWLCA President's Cup at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The U.S. team played an intra-squad games along with competition from the UWLX and WPLL.


USA Blue 12, USA White 8

Blue Goals: Kayla Treanor 4, Dempsey Arsenault 2, Alex Aust 2, Molly Hendrick 2, Katie Haus 1, Elena Romesburg 1.

Blue Assists: Alex Aust 1, Megan Douty 1, Molly Hendrick 1, Emily Garrity Paros 1.

White Goals: Sam Apuzzo 2, Kylie Ohlmiller 2, Taylor Cummings 1, Ally Kennedy 1, Katie O'Donnell 1. Michelle Tumolo 1.

White Assists: Kylie Ohlmiller 3, Sam Apuzzo 2, Ally Kennedy 1, Katie O'Donnell 1

USA 17, UWLX 7

USA Goals: Ally Kennedy 4, Sam Apuzzo 2, Taylor Cummings 2, Charlotte Haggerty 2, Kylie Ohlmiller 2, Michelle Tumolo 2, Ally Carey 1, Kristen Carr 1, Katie O'Donnell 1.

USA Assists: Katie O'Donnell 3, Ally Carey 2, Ally Kennedy 2, Charlotte Haggerty 1.

UWLX Goals: Christina Esposito 3, Carly O'Connell 3, Erica Perrotta 1.

USA 10, WPLL 9

USA Goals: Dempsey Arsenault 3, Alex Aust 2, Molly Hendrick 2, Marie McCool 1, Elena Romesburg 1, Kayla Treanor 1.

USA Assists: Megan Douty 1, Katie Haus 1, Marie McCool 1, Emily Garrity Paros 1, Elena Romesburg 1.

WPLL Goals: Dana Dobbie 2, Nicole Graziano 2, Kara Mupo 2, Taryn vanThof 2, Brooke Griffin 1.

WPLL Assists: Hannah Nielsen 2, Amanda Johansen 1.