HAMDEN, Connecticut – Quinnipiac women's lacrosse senior Vicki Kuhn (East Hampstead, New Hampshire) made history on Monday as she became the first Quinnipiac student-athlete to ever receive an invite to the 2015-16 United States' Women's Lacrosse National Team Tryout. US Lacrosse will hold the tryouts from June 12-14 at John's Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.
"Being selected to tryout for the U.S. Team is an incredible honor," said Quinnipiac women's lacrosse head coach Danie Caro. "We are very proud that Vicki will represent Quinnipiac at tryouts against the best players in the country. She had an amazing career as a Bobcat and I am certain she will have a great experience at the tryouts."
US Lacrosse announced the 108-player tryout pool for the 2015-16 U.S. Women's National Team on Monday, May 11. After the three-day tryout, approximately 36-40 players will be selected to the 2015-16 U.S. Women's National Team, which will train in the lead-up to the 2017 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Women's World Cup in Guildford, England. Ultimately, 18 players will represent the U.S. as the team goes for a third consecutive and eighth overall world title.
Kuhn recently finished her four-year career with the Bobcats and was the team's best defender for the better part of three seasons. A three-time All-Conference performer to end her career (2014 All-MAAC Second Team, 2013 All-MAAC First Team, 2012 All-NEC Second Team), she also served as the team captain since April 2014 during her junior season. In her senior campaign, Kuhn started all 16 games and finished with 20 ground balls, 12 draw controls and 12 caused turnovers while playing the most minutes (974) of anyone on the team to earn All-MAAC Second Team honors.
Her invitation to the U.S. National Team Tryout marks the first time a Quinnipiac student-athlete has received an invite to the selective camp. Named Quinnipiac's Outstanding Defensive Player for two straight seasons, Kuhn captained the back line while often tasked with shutting down the opponent's top scoring options. A workhorse defender, Kuhn played in all 63 possible games throughout her four-year career.
Kuhn will compete with 28 defenders for an exclusive spot on the worldwide women's lacrosse power. Among the talent pool listed among the defenders include 2014-15 U.S. National Team members – Becca Block (Syracuse '13), Megan Douty (Maryland '15), Biz Goslee (Marquette '16), Alice Mercer (Maryland '16), Kasey Mock (Syracuse '14), Jen Russell (North Carolina '10), Sloane Serpe (North Carolina '14), Morgan Stephens (Virginia '15) and Courtney Waite (North Carolina '15). Kuhn's selection is one of high prestige as she is one of just seven players (out of the 28 defenders) invited to the U.S. National Team Tryout who played for a mid-major program.
A total of seven players from the squad that won gold at the 2013 FIL World Cup in Oshawa, Ontario, return to try out, including all-world goalkeeper Devon Wills, attacker Danielle Etrasco, midfielders Sarah Bullard, Ally Carey, Kelly Rabil and Katie Schwarzmann, and defender Jenn Russell.