U.S. U19 Women Benefit from College Experience

PHOTO BY MASON PERRICONE

Michaela McMahon, a late addition to the U.S. roster, scored 22 goals and started 11 games as a freshman at Penn.


This article appears in the July/August edition of US Lacrosse Magazine.
The U.S. U19 women’s team reports to Evanston, Ill., for training camp this week at Northwestern and will compete Aug. 1-10 in the World Lacrosse Women’s U19 World Championship in Peterborough, Ontario.
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When the U.S. U19 team takes the field at the World Lacrosse Women’s U19 Championship this summer in Canada, coach Kelly Amonte Hiller will have an advantage no U.S. team has ever had before. 

Experience.

This will be the first team to have players participating that have played at the college level. Other countries have done it — Selena Lasota was a major force in leading Canada to the 2015 championship after her freshman year at Northwestern — but U.S. policy previously limited the team to high school players.

US Lacrosse adjusted its policy to mirror what it has always done for the men’s U19 team, allowing any age-eligible player to play. Fourteen of the 24 players on the U.S. training roster played in college in 2019.

Several were significant contributors.







Ally Murphy
UMass

Two-year starter at midfield earned second-team All-Atlantic 10 recognition.

Izzy Scane
Northwestern

Wildcats’ second-leading scorer (62 goals, 18 assists) was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year.

Rachel Hall
Oregon

Led NCAA with 246 saves, topping the 20-save mark twice as a freshman.

Megan Carney
Syracuse

Ranked third on Orange with 56 points and second with 24 assists in 21 games, including 20 starts.

Brooklyn Neumen
North Carolina

400-point scorer in high school became a defensive starter as a freshman for the Tar Heels.

Brianne Gross
Vanderbilt

Contributed all over the field with 22 points, 44 draw controls and 11 caused turnovers.

Maddie Jenner
Duke

Had 13 goals and 88 draw controls, teaming with her sister, Olivia, in the center circle to give Blue Devils a 65.7 win percentage.

Michaela McMahon
Penn

Ranked fifth on the Quakers with 22 goals in 18 games, including 11 starts.

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