University of Delaware Women’s Lacrosse Assistant Kristen Carr One of 18 Named to 2013 U.S. Women’s National Team

BALTIMORE, Md. – University of Delaware women’s lacrosse assistant coach Kristen Carr was selected as a part of the 18­player U.S. Women’s National Team that is set to compete in the 2013 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Cup, US Lacrosse announced earlier this week. The team was selected from a 25­player U.S. women’s national training team roster, which was previously selected from a group of 38 players comprising the 2012­14 U.S. women’s national team.

 “Kristen is a rising star as both a player and a coach,” commented Delaware head coach Kateri Linville.  “She is a talented athlete and an outstanding teacher.  It is a joy to work with someone who loves the game and desires to learn and improve daily.  Kristen is truly a great role model for our student ­athletes and for everyone who plays the women’s game.  I am thrilled to see her have the opportunity to play on the big stage as it is where she is the best.”

The U.S. women’s national team will look to defend its 2009 gold medal and earn its seventh overall world title, July 11­20, in Oshawa, Ontario.

Team USA most recently competed at the Jan. 25­27 Champion Challenge, a US Lacrosse event in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., where it compiled a 3­0 record against Northwestern University, Syracuse University, and the English women’s national team.

“Coach Linville has always supported me training and playing at the national level,” Carr stated.  “Her support, along with the entire staff and team, is very much appreciated as I continue to train to pursue personal goals.  I am extremely honored and privileged to be selected to the women’s lacrosse USA World Cup roster.  The opportunity to compete for a gold medal has been a goal of mine and to get one step closer is overwhelming.  I am excited to continue this ride with my teammates and coaches as we train to defend the gold medal.  It will be the journey of a lifetime.”

Carr, who is in her second season as an assistant with the Blue Hens under head coach Kateri Linville, was a standout at the University of North Carolina where she led the Tar Heels to a four­year record of 60­20 and four NCAA Tournament appearances, including a national runner­up finish in 2009, a semifinals berth in 2010 and trips to the quarterfinals in 2007 and 2008.  The Baltimore, Md. native appeared in 81 games with 62 starts and recorded 21 goals and nine assists while setting a UNC career record with 174 draw controls as a defensive midfielder.

Carr also set UNC single game (eight) and single season (64) marks for draw controls.  She earned first team All­American and first team All­ACC honors as a senior in 2010 as one of the nation’s top draw control specialists and led the nation’s third­ranked defense that allowed just 7.25 goals per game.

“Today is one of the most exciting and most challenging days I’ve experienced as a coach,” said U.S. women’s national team coach Ricky Fried.  “Our staff made some tough decisions in narrowing this incredible group of players down to the 18 we feel will give us the best chance to defend the gold this summer, and we couldn’t be happier with the group we’ve selected.”

Team USA will reconvene for an exhibition against Team Canada at the 2013 US Lacrosse Women’s National Tournament, May 24­26, at Lehigh University.  After two training camps in Baltimore (June 26­ July 2) and Buffalo, N.Y. (July 5­7), the team will travel to Oshawa for the World Cup.

Delaware women’s lacrosse opens the 2013 slate with preseason exhibition contests against No. 4 North Carolina and No. 6 Duke. The Blue Hens kick off the regular season Saturday, Feb. 16 as they host No. 13 Georgetown at noon at Delaware Stadium.

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