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Kelly BergerCourtesy: Cathy Kushner/JMU Athletics Communications
Lacrosse Alumna Berger Named to U.S. Team
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:01/29/2013
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BALTIMORE, Md., Jan. 29, 2013-- Former James Madison lacrosse player Kelly Berger ('07) has been named to the U.S. National Lacrosse Team.

US Lacrosse Tuesday announced the 18-player U.S. National Team that is set to compete in the 2013 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Cup, July 11-20 in Oshawa, Ontario.  The U.S. women's national team will look to defend its 2009 gold medal and earn its seventh overall world title.

The team was selected from a 25-player U.S. national training team roster, which was previously selected from a group of 38 players comprising the 2012-14 U.S. national team. Team USA most recently competed at the Jan. 25-27 Champion Challenge, a US Lacrosse event in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., where it compiled a 3-0 record against Northwestern University, Syracuse University and the English women's national team.

Berger, a four-year starter for the Dukes and two-time All-America selection, ranks second on JMU's career goals (184) and points (262) lists and fourth on the Dukes' career assist list (78).  She was a member of U.S. Elite Team that competed in the 2008 Prague Cup.

More than 20 players from the JMU lacrosse program have been named to U.S. teams, but Berger is the first to be selected to the U.S. senior national team.

"I'm so proud of Kelly," said JMU lacrosse coach Shelley Klaes-Bawcombe (JMU ' 97), who coached Berger in Klaes-Bawcombe's first season as JMU coach in 2007.  "She has put so much time, energy and commitment into this goal and has finally accomplished her dream of representing the U.S. national team."

"After watching Kelly play vs. Northwestern this weekend, she looks faster, fitter and more hungry than ever to help the U.S. team win the gold," Klaes-Bawcombe said.  "This is a great honor for JMU to be represented at this level."

"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 gold this summer, and we couldn't be happier with the group we've selected. The commitment and sacrifices of all 78 players who have been a part of the U.S. women's team program since the last World Cup has laid a strong foundation for the success we hope to realize this summer. We're thrilled to continue working with this team to bring home a seventh gold medal for the United States."

Team USA will reconvene for an exhibition against Team Canada at the 2013 US Lacrosse Women's National Tournament, May 24-26 at Lehigh University. After two training camps in Baltimore (June 26-July 2) and Buffalo, N.Y. (July 5-7), the team will travel to Oshawa for the World Cup.
For more information about the U.S. women's national team, visit www.uslacrosse.org/uswomen.

U.S. Lacrosse Team
Attack

Katrina Dowd, Northwestern
Danielle Etrasco, Boston University%
Lindsey Munday, Northwestern*
Katie Rowan, Syracuse*
Midfield
Sarah Albrecht, Northwestern*
Kelly Berger, James Madison
Sarah Bullard, Duke*^
Ally Carey, Vanderbilt^
Kristin Igoe, Boston College
Caitlyn McFadden, Maryland*
Katie Schwarzmann, Maryland%
Defense
Kristen Carr, North Carolina
Amber Falcone, North Carolina*
Holly McGarvie Reilly, Princeton*
Gina Oliver, Ohio State*
Jennifer Russell, North Carolina
Goalie
Megan Huether, Duke*
Devon Wills, Dartmouth*
* 2009 U.S. women's national team member
^ 2007 U.S. women's national under-19 team member
% Current college player

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