Assistant Coach Jillian Byers Named to 2010-11 U.S. Women’s National Team

US Lacrosse Announces Core Group for 2013 World Cup Team

CATONSVILLE, Md. – Yale assistant women's lacrosse coach Jillian Byers was named to the 2010-11 U.S. Women's National Team following tryouts this past weekend. Byers, who is entering her second season at Yale, is part of a group of 36 players selected to be part of the core group that represents the U.S. in the 2013 World Cup. The team will compete for the first time on Columbus Day, Oct. 11, at the annual US Lacrosse Stars and Stripes event in Boston.

Byers' journey to the national team roster began when she was selected to the US Lacrosse Developmental Team last year. It was the second straight year she made the roster for that team, which is designed as a feeder program for the national team. In addition to her time with the developmental team, earlier this year Byers had four goals and seven assists in two games for the U.S. Elite Team in the fifth annual Champion Challenge at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida. Her spot on the national team was finalized after tryouts at UMBC this past weekend featuring more than 80 players.

Byers, who was a finalist for the Honda Sports Award and the Tewaaraton Trophy as the top college women's lacrosse player in 2009, joined the Yale staff in the summer of 2009. A four-time All-American as an attacker, she graduated from Notre Dame in May of 2009 as the Fighting Irish's all-time leading scorer. Her 262 career goals place her fourth in NCAA history. In 2010 she finished third in the voting for Notre Dame's female athlete of the decade for the 2000s.

Byers scored a team-record 83 goals in 2009, finishing second in the country in goals and third in points (111). She also set the Notre Dame single-season draw control record with 55. In addition to being the school's all-time leading scorer she also leads in points (336, 10th in NCAA history), draw controls (154) and games played (76).

Byers was Notre Dame's captain and MVP in 2009, leading the Fighting Irish to a 16-5 record, a Big East Tournament Championship and an NCAA Tournament appearance, the third NCAA appearance in Byers' four years. The team advanced to the Final Four in 2006, the first round in 2008 and the second round in 2009. Overall Notre Dame was 54-22 during her tenure. 

Byers, who earned three second-team All-America honors and one first team honor in her career, was a unanimous first team All-Big East selection four times. She was named Big East co-attack player of the year her senior year, when she led the conference in goals (a record 31 in conference play) and was second in points (42). She is the Big East's all-time leading scorer with 78 career goals. Her 12 points in an win over UConn in 2009 (seven goals, five assists) are a Big East single-game record.

A native of Northport, N.Y., Byers attended Northport High, where she played basketball, lacrosse and soccer. She led all three teams to Suffolk County League titles all four years, captaining the lacrosse and soccer teams. She also played club lacrosse for the Long Island Elite Club Program the Yellow Jackets.

Byers and Anne Phillips, Yale's Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Lacrosse, are both extensively involved with US Lacrosse. Phillips is the chair of the US Lacrosse National Team selection committee. Among other accomplishments, she helped determine the players for the U.S. team that won the World Cup last summer. Phillips is now overseeing tryouts for the 2011 Under-19 team, which begin Monday afternoon and run through Wednesday at UMBC.

Reprt by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity

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