Four of Rutgers University's own have been selected to try out for the 2017 Women's National Lacrosse Team. Assistant coach Taryn VanThof, and three players Amanda Casten, Kristine Dunphey, and Paige Paratore were chose along with 100 other players throughout the country. The tryouts will take place form August 5-7 at the U.S. Lacrosse Headquarters in Sparks, MD.
There will be 36 players chosen to join the team in their training for the upcoming 2017 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Rathbones Women's World Cup taking place in Guildford, England in July 2017. Eventually there will be 18 players selected to represent the country. The U.S. will be going for their third consecutive title, and their eight overall. The World Cup will consist of 30 countries vying for the title. The countries that will be participating are :
This was VanThof's first season as the assistant of the Scarlet Knights. She help the team to the Big Ten Tournament where they fell to #1 Maryland. VanThof was a member of the National Team for the 2014-15 season and she is looking to join them again. She was drafted in May by the Long Island Sound, a team in the United Women's Lacrosse League (UWLX). Since joining the team she has scored 5 goals in 5 games.
Casten, Dunphey, and Paratore have very strong resumes themselves. Between them they have multiple Big Ten honors. Casten and Dunphey have been named Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All Region. Dunphey led the team in goals this past season with 44.