Jessi Lieb Named to U.S. Women's Lacrosse Developmental Team
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; August 11, 2006 - Penn State women's lacrosse player Jessi Lieb (Villanova, Pa.) was named to the 2006-07 U.S. Women's Developmental Team by the sport's national governing body, US Lacrosse. Lieb, who will be a junior in 2007, was selected for the 22-player team from a pool of 130 of the nation's top lacrosse players following a two-day tryout in Baltimore, Md. on the campus of UMBC.
Lieb, a true midfielder who excels on both ends of the field, led the Nittany Lions in ground balls (40), draw controls (48), and caused turnovers (21) in 2006. An offensive force with a knack for defeating double teams, Lieb finished the year with 34 goals, a career season-high, and six assists. In recognition of her outstanding year, Lieb earned First Team All-ALC and First Team All-West/Midwest Region honors along with Third Team IWLCA/US Lacrosse All-American accolades.
The squad was chosen by the 10-person US Lacrosse Women's Division National Teams Selection Committee (NTSC), chaired by former U.S. World Cup team coach and incoming Hall of Famer Feffie Barnhill.
The 22-player Developmental team program serves as a means by which the adult lacrosse player can gain greater exposure to international competition and have an opportunity to continue to develop her skills with the aim of becoming a member of the Elite or World Cup team and represent the U.S. at the senior international level.
The U.S. Elite and Developmental teams have scheduled two weekends of competition in the upcoming months. The teams will play top college programs during the Stars and Stripes Weekend Sept. 30-Oct. 1 in Northern Virginia and during the Champions Challenge Weekend Jan. 27-28, 2007, in Orlando, Fla.