Yale Coach is Chair of U.S. National Team Selection Committee, Helped Determine Championship Roster
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The U.S. women's lacrosse team recaptured the FIL World Cup championship by defeating Australia 8-7 in the Gold Medal Game on Saturday in Prague, and Anne Phillips -- Yale's Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Lacrosse -- had a hand in the victory. As the chair of the U.S. Lacrosse National Team selection committee, Phillips helped determine the players that made Team USA's roster for the historic win. She now turns her attention to the U.S. Lacrosse Developmental Team selection process, which includes two of her assistant coaches at Yale.
Phillips is the chair of an 11-person committee that selected a group of 48 players for U.S. National Team consideration last August. Team USA's coaching staff, led by head coach Sue Heether, then selected the final roster of 18, which included three Ivy Leaguers. The U.S. went undefeated in the World Cup tournament, beating England, Canada, Japan and Australia in pool play before defeating Ireland 22-5 in the quarterfinals June 24. The Americans then beat England 20-3 in the semis June 25 to set up a rematch with Australia for the gold on Saturday. The game was tied at three at halftime before the U.S. scored five straight goals en route to the win.
Team USA is now a six-time World Cup champion, with gold medal victories in 1982, 1989, 1993, 1997, 2001 and 2009. The FIL World Cup takes place every four years.
Phillips and the National Team selection committee will now oversee the selection of the U.S. Lacrosse Developmental Team in the first week of August. The Developmental Team is the second-highest level of the U.S. Lacrosse program. It serves as a means by which players can gain greater exposure to international competition and continue to develop skills with the aim of becoming a member of U.S. Lacrosse's Elite Team. The squad is selected for a period of one year.
Two of Phillips' Yale assistant coaches, Brigid Strain and Kendall McBrearty, are part of a group of 64 players that have been selected to try out for the U.S. Developmental Team August 1-2 at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. The final roster will include 23 players.
Phillips just concluded her first season at Yale. Prior to joining the Bulldogs, she posted a 93-24 record (.795) in six seasons at Franklin & Marshall, making her the school's all-time leader in both wins and winning percentage. She led the Diplomats to the NCAA Division III Championship in 2007 with a perfect 21-0 record.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity