Nine current and former Tar Heels received invitations to try out for the U.S. National Team that will compete in the 2021 World Lacrosse Women’s Championship next summer. The first round of tryouts is Dec. 4 to 6 at the US Lacrosse Headquarters in Sparks, Maryland.
Current and former UNC players invited to play include:
- Kristen Carr, 2007-10
- Molly Hendrick, 2014-17
- Katie Hoeg, current fifth-year senior
- Kerrigan Miller, current graduate player
- Marie McCool, 2015-18
- Emily Parros, 2010-13, current assistant coach for UNC
- Emma Trenchard, current senior
- Courtney Waite, 2012-15
- Caylee Waters, 2014-17
UNC head coach Jenny Levy will also be on the U.S. Team as the squad's head coach. Levy has coached all nine players while at UNC.
For Hoeg, receiving her invite was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream and an opportunity for a shot at redemption.
“Ever since I started playing lacrosse, I’ve always dreamed of representing this country in the sport I love,” Hoeg said. “When I was 16, I tried out for the U.S. U-19 where I got cut. I always wanted a second chance to chase that dream again.”
Hoeg, Trenchard and McCool all attribute a significant amount of their development to the coaching, leadership and tough competition at UNC.
As offensive and defensive players, Hoeg and Trenchard often practice against each other. They both said their in-practice competitions helped them improve while at UNC.
“I could not have gotten to this level or even have been invited without my teammates,” Hoeg said. “Emma, all the other defenders, the other attackers and everybody from top to bottom on the team has made me the player that I am.”