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CHASING RINGS


With lacrosse set to debut on the world stage, there’s more at stake than gold medals


BY MEGAN SCHNEIDER


And then there were 18. What started in August with 105 U.S. World Cup hopefuls — all of them boasting incredible credentials as collegiate and professional women’s lacrosse players — dwindled down to 36 and then 25 before the decisive


Team USA Spring Premiere in Bradenton, Fla. Following a 20-19 win over Florida that was too close for


comfort and a more palatable 22-5 victory over Notre Dame, U.S. coach Ricky Fried and his staff chose 18 players that will compete for the two-time defending champion Team USA at the FIL Women’s World Cup, July 12-22 in Guildford, England. For Fried, an assistant on the 2009 team and the head coach in 2013, this does not get easier. “Of the three World Cups I’ve been a part of, this was the most difficult process because of the wealth of talent in the player pool,” Fried said.


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