June 15, 2014
BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland rising senior Taryn VanThof has been named to the prestigious 38-member U.S. Women’s Lacrosse National Team, as announced by US Lacrosse Sunday.
“I was humbled to even be invited to have the chance to compete against, and play with, some of the best players in the world at tryouts alone,” VanThof said. “I am beyond honored to be granted this opportunity to represent the United States of America. It’s a dream come true.”
A native of Livonia, N.Y., VanThof is one of 13 midfielders to be selected to the team, while she’s the first Loyola player to make the elite squad since Tara Singleton did so as a defender in 2007. VanThof is also the first Greyhound under head coach Jen Adams to make the cut, while she’s the third player under Adams to represent their respective country on a national team (Cassandra Cursaro ’13 and Marlee Paton ’14, Australia).
In addition, with selection to the national team, VanThof will have an opportunity to compete against current assistant coach Dana Dobbie, a member of the Canadian National Team.
VanThof and rising junior Maddy Lesher were among 81 players in the invite-only pool, with the three-day tryouts being held at Georgetown University and concluding today. The players selected to the 2014-15 squad will train and compete in several exhibition events as part of the lead-up to the 2017 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Women’s World Cup in Surrey, England. Ultimately, 18 players will represent the U.S. as the team goes for a third-consecutive, and eighth overall, world title.
VanThof is coming off her second-straight All-America season after dominating the draw control this year. She broke Loyola’s single-game (15, vs. Lafayette and at Boston University), single-season (122) and career (227) records for draw controls, while she also set the Patriot League’s single-season game record when she won 15 at Lafayette. In addition, the first-team All-Patriot League honoree contributed at least one point in every game this year, extending her streak to 30-straight games with a point. She finished the year with 31 goals, nine assists and 40 points, in addition to a team-best 42 ground balls and 29 caused turnovers.
The US National Team will convene for its first training weekend August 1-3 at Georgetown.