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Oct. 23, 2008
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Former Penn State standouts Jessi Lieb and Michele DeJuliis were among 24 players named to the U.S. training team for the 2009 Federation of International Women's Lacrosse World Cup in Prague next June.
The World Cup, will be held from June 17-27 in the capital of the Czech Republic, is expected to draw a record 16 teams from nations around the world. The U.S. training team was selected from a 48-player pool that competed at the US Lacrosse Stars & Stripes Weekend in Syracuse, N.Y. on Oct. 11-12.
Lieb, a dynamic two-way player, wrapped up a brilliant career in 2008, earning First Team All-ALC honors and First Team IWLCA All-West/Midwest Region accolades for the third consecutive year. The team captain led Penn State in goals (27), assists (9), points (36), free position goals (10), and ground balls (36) in her senior season. Lieb, a three-time Tewaaraton Trophy Preseason Watch List selection, totaled 107 goals, 34 assists, 141 points in 63 career games.
The training team will hold a practice weekend in December and will compete along with the remaining 24 players from the player pool during the US Lacrosse Champions Challenge in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., from Jan. 30 - Feb. 1. The final 18 players for the World Cup and six alternates will be selected following that event. U.S. team head coach Sue Heether left open the option of players not selected for the training team to move up to the World Cup team.