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Stars & Stripes lacrosse at Harvard

Posted by Craig Larson, Globe Staff  October 10, 2010 12:14 AM

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The Bay State's stature, and influence in women's lacrosse continues to grow.

When the US women's national team steps on the Cumnock turf fields at Harvard this morning as part of the annual Stars & Stripes Lacrosse weekend, six former Massachusetts high school standouts will be donning Team USA jerseys. An impressive achievement, considering that the US women are the reigning world champions after their 8-7 victory over Australia in the gold medal game last year in Prague.

The headliner is former Westwood High star Kristen Kjellman, who won three straight national championships at Northwestern (2005-2007), becoming the first-ever athlete to win the Tewaaraton Award in consecutive years as the top player in college lacrosse (the equivalent of college football’s Heisman Trophy).

Braintree's Sarah Albrecht (Thayer Academy), who teamed up with Kjellman to win two NCAA titles at Northwestern, has been a member of the national team for four seasons. She netted 14 goals and three assists at the World Cup and in August, was named the associate head coach at UMass-Amherst under head coach Angela McMahon.

Three currrent collegians, Sarah Bullard (Duke) of Needham; Kristin Igoe (Boston College) of Framingham; and Katy Fitzgerald (North Carolina) of North Andover, are also on the 38-player roster, as well as Andover's Jennifer Russell, who played for the Tar Heels.

Last night, Danielle Spencer (4 goals) and Jillian Byers (3 goals) powered Team USA to a 17-4 win over the Harvard women.

The US Lacrosse event also will include games with the US women's national U-19 team, which features three local high school players: midfielder Madison Acton (Lincoln-Sudbury); goalie Kelsey Duryea (Beverly/Governor's Academy); and defender Christine Ferguson (Weston/St. Paul's School), the world champion US men's team, and members of the Boston Cannons.

Enter Gate 8 near Harvard Stadium for access to the event.

Today's schedule:
8:30-10:30 a.m. - US women's senior & U-19 team player clinics
8:30-10:30 a.m. – US men's team player clinic
12 p.m. – US men's team vs. Harvard ($10 for adults; $5 for USL members; $5 for children)
1 p.m. – US women's senior team #1 vs. Boston College
1 p.m. – US women's senior team #2 vs. Boston University
3:30 p.m. – US women’s U-19 team vs. Revolution Lacrosse Club
3:30 p.m. – US women’s senior team #1 vs. Boston University
3:30 p.m. – US women’s senior team #2 vs. Boston College
5:30 p.m. – US women’s U-19 team vs. Massachusetts Elite Lacrosse Club.

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