Five former FCIAC girls lacrosse stars are bidding for a place on the 2016-17 U.S. Women’s National Lacrosse Team, which is holding tryouts this weekend in Sparks, Maryland.
Wilton’s Casey Pearsall, Darien’s Caylee Waters, and New Canaan’s Sarah Mannelly, Olivia Hompe and Elizabeth Miller are among the 105 current and former college players to receive invitations. Mannelly and Miller play for Boston College, Hompe for Princeton, Waters for North Carolina, and Pearsall for Notre Dame.
Following the tryouts, the field will be whittled down to 36, and that pool of players will begin training for the 2017 Federation of International Lacrosse Women’s World Cup in Guildford, England next July. The final roster for the World Cup will feature 18 of those 36 players.
Pearsall, a midfielder, wrapped up her junior season with the Irish as an IWLCA All-American third teamer. She had 52 points on 30 goals and 22 assists — all numbers which place her in the top three on the team — while also scooping up 29 groundballs, causing 23 turnovers, and winning 42 draws.
Notre Dame, which went 14-7, was an ACC semifinalist and reached the NCAA quarterfinals before falling to eventual tournament champion North Carolina, 10-6.
Pearsall is one of three Notre Dame players invited to the national tryouts. Junior attack Casey Fortunato and senior defender Barbara Sullivan also received invitations.
Hompe, a sophomore attack at Princeton, led the Tigers in scoring with 59 points on 47 goals and 12 assists. She was named to the IWLCA All-America third team, and the IWLCA Academic Honor Squad.
Hompe, who is currently riding a 36-game goal scoring streak that dates back to 2015, was also named to the All-Ivy League first team for the second consecutive year.
Also representing Princeton at the national tryouts is 2015 graduate Erin Munn on attack.
A pair of New Canaan players from Boston College will represent the Eagles, as Mannelly, a 2016 graduate, and Elizabeth Miller, a freshman, are trying out.
Mannelly had a stellar career with the BC Eagles, writing her name into the school record books in several categories. She ranks third in both career points (255) and goals (173), and fourth in assists (82).
Mannelly was a two-year captain, earning All-America honors as a junior and senior, as the Eagles ranked in the nation’s top 10 both seasons. She was named to the IWLCA All-America second team this spring.
Miller joined the Boston College squad this spring and made an immediate impact, starting all 19 games as a defender. She caused 11 turnovers, had 13 draw controls and picked up 14 ground balls, and also had a goal and an assist from the backfield.
She picked up a couple of postseason awards from Boston College, earning the Athletic Director’s Award for Academic Achievement and being named the Eagles’ Freshman Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Boston College will have five players at the tryouts. In addition to Mannelly and Miller, the Eagles will also be represented by Mikaela Rix, a 2016 BC graduate, along with junior Kenzie Kent and sophomore Dempsey Arsenault.
Waters, a junior goalie at North Carolina, was the consensus National Goalie of the Year in 2015 and is a two-time All-America first team selection.
Along with Megan Ward, she formed the nation’s top goalie tandem, and helped the Tar Heels capture the NCAA Div. I national championship in the spring.
Waters is one of 12 North Carolina players to tryouts. That group includes attacks Sydney Holman and Becky Lynch, midfielders Maggie Bill, Kelly Devlin, Emily Garrity, Marie McCool and Laura Zimmerman, defenders Kristen Carr, Jen Russell, Sloane Serpe, and Courtney Waite.