Women’s Lacrosse Assistant Kelly Berger Competes with Team USA at Prague Cup
Kelly Berger enters her fourth year with the U.S. National Team.
BALTIMORE—UMBC assistant women’s lacrosse coach Kelly Berger was a member of the U.S. National Team that won the Prague Cup at the end of June.
Team USA defeated England, 13-1, in the finals of the 12-team tournament. The U.S. beat the Wales Dragons, 16-0, and Germany, 17-0, in pool play, then defeated an American touring team, AIST, 18-0, in the quarterfinals. Berger, a midfielder, scored twice in the contest. Team USA then beat Wales’ ‘A’ team, 17-0, in the semifinals, when Berger contributed a caused turnover.
“It was the experience of a lifetime,” Berger said. “I learned a lot from the culture, and playing with those girls each day teaches me something each time and makes it fun to play with them.”
The European teams – Czech Republic, Germany, Wales, Scotland and England – used the Prague Cup to prepare for August’s European Championships, which will take place in Finland.
Prague is the host for the 2009 World Cup. After tryouts last week at UMBC Stadium, Berger was among 49 players selected to the player pool that will represent the U.S. National Team in 2008-09. All 49 are eligible for the World Cup, with the final 18-player roster expected to be announced in February.
Berger enters her fourth year with the National Team, including her third with the U.S. Elite Team.
The next activity for the U.S. team will be the Stars and Stripes Weekend at Syracuse University in October.