July 30, 2012
WASHINGTON - Two former Georgetown University women's lacrosse players were named to the U.S. National Team this past weekend following a three-day tryout in Baltimore, Md. Defender Kelly Barnes and attacker Molly Ford were both named to the 36-player roster for the 2012-14 U.S. Women's National Senior Team.
The pair will have a familiar face in Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried who continues his tenure as the head coach of the national team through the 2013 Federation of International Lacrosse World Cup in Oshawa, Ontario. Fried won a gold medal as an assistant coach at the 2009 World Cup.
In total, 82 players representing 34 institutions participated in final tryouts on the campus of UMBC. The individuals were evaluated by the U.S. women's national team coaching staff, led by Fried, and the U.S. women's national team selection committee, chaired by Anne Phillips.
The group will serve as the training pool for the 2013 World Cup.
Barnes graduated in May and is one of 11 newcomers on the squad. She was named Third Team All-America this past season marking her first-career national honor. She was also a First Team All-South Region selection, First Team All-BIG EAST and to the BIG EAST All-Tournament Team.
This past season, the two-year co-captain led the squad in ground balls with 43 and ranks third on the team in caused turnovers forcing 22. She was the leader of the defense and started all 17 games for the Blue & Gray.
Barnes earned two all-region and one all-America award in her career. This year marked her third selection to the all-conference squad and the second to the first team.
Ford is familiar with the national team after earning a spot on the 2011-12 women's national training team. She is a 2010 graduate.
At Georgetown, Barnes was a Second Team All-America honoree after an outstanding senior season, she also earned First Team All-Region and was a team co-captain.
The attacker scored a team-high 51 goals and also had 25 assists for 76 points in her final season. She was a First Team All-BIG EAST honoree and the BIG EAST Tournament Most Outstanding Player.
In her four-year career on the Hilltop, Ford was a three-time All-American including two nods to the second team. She also earned All-Region and All-BIG EAST as a sophomore, junior and senior. Ford ended her career ranked among the best in program history ranking fifth in points (214), six in goals (150) and sixth in assists (64).
The national team will come together for several training events before the final 18-player FIL World Cup roster is announced in February 2013, including Stars & Stripes weekend (Calif.) in October 2012 and Champion Challenge (Fla.) in January 2013. The team will also conduct numerous national team player clinics throughout the year at various sites around the country.