JMU roundup: Three Dukes make women’s lacrosse national tryout pool

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BALTIMORE — James Madison University lacrosse was represented by rising seniors Stephanie Finley, Lexi Cross and Schylar Healy in the 88-player tryout pool for the 2014-15 U.S. Women’s National Team, US Lacrosse announced Thursday.

The trio was joined by current assistant coach Emily Garrity and former JMU midfielder Kelly Berger in the tryout pool.

Tryouts are June 13-15 at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and approximately 36-40 players will make the 2014-15 U.S. Women’s National Training Team. The final roster will include 18 players to represent the United States at the 2017 Federation of International Lacrosse Women’s World Cup in Surrey, England. The United States has won two consecutive world titles and seven overall.

Finley was tabbed the 2014 co-Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year after leading the Dukes with a single-season program record 69 draw controls, 44 goals and 59 points. The attacker earned a spot on the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-South Region Second Team as well spots on the All-CAA First Team and CAA All-Tournament Team.

Cross was named to IWLCA All-South Region Second Team as well after earning All-CAA First Team and CAA All-Tournament Team nods in 2014 as a defender. Her 33 ground balls ranked second on the JMU roster this season while her 16 caused turnovers ranked third on the squad.

Healy accounted for over 96-percent of the Dukes’ minutes in the net, notching an 11-7 record this season. She posted a 10.24 goals-against average as she allowed 181 goals with a save percentage of 43.4 percent (139 saves). The goalkeeper led JMU in 2014 with 40 ground balls.

Berger was a two-time All-American at JMU as well as a Tewaaraton Award nominee. She was a midfielder on the World Champion 2013 U.S. Women’s National Team.

Garrity, a first-year assistant coach with the Dukes in 2014, graduated from North Carolina in 2013. She was named a Synapse Sports All-American and placed on the Tewaaraton Award Watch List during her time with the Tar Heels.