June 6, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. – University of Connecticut sophomore goalkeeper Shannon Nee (Lancaster, Pa.) and 2014 senior midfielder Lauren Kahn (Nanuet, N.Y.) will compete for a roster spot on the 2014-15 U.S. Women’s National Team in a three-day tryout set to take place June 13-15 at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
The UConn standouts are among the 88-player tryout pool, which will be cut to 36-40 players following the evaluations at Georgetown. The remaining players will be selected to the U.S. Women’s National Team and begin training in preparation for the 2017 Federation of International Lacrosse (FLL) Women’s World Cup in Surrey, England. The United States, which has won the title the last two years and seven times in total, will eventually narrow its roster down to 18 players.
“It’s really exciting that both Lauren and Shannon have made the tryout pool for the U.S. National Team,” Connecticut lacrosse coach Katie Woods said. “It’s the highest level for our sport and to have two UConn players represented at the tryout is incredible. I think it will be great experience for both of them.”
Kahn, who was named an Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Second Team All-American last month, led the Huskies with 60 points her senior season on 33 goals and a team-best 27 assists. She earned All-Big East First Team honors for the second consecutive year after leading all conference players in ground balls (51), caused turnovers (43) and assists per game (1.59), and her 44 draw controls were the third-highest total in the league.
The Connecticut midfielder finished her UConn career second in points (216) and fourth in goals (143), and her 65 points as a junior were the second-highest season total in program history. Kahn and fellow midfielder Kacey Pippitt (New Canaan, Conn.) will participate in the IWLCA North-South All Star Game this Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at Cabrini College in Radnor, Pa. Pippitt was second in the Big East in draw controls (60) this past season, and she netted a career-high six goals in Connecticut’s 15-4 victory over Villanova on Senior Day on April 26.
Nee was named to the IWLCA Northeast All-Region First Team for the second straight season after starting every game in the cage for the Huskies this past season. She has won at least 10 games in each of her first two seasons at Connecticut, and her .444 save percentage ranked fourth in the Big East in 2014.
The UConn stopper, who was tabbed the Conference Defensive Player of the Week four times this past season, was spectacular in Connecticut’s 16-8 loss to Georgetown in the Big East semifinals, turning away nine first half shots and recording 12 saves in total. The 12 saves against the Bulldogs marked the fifth time that Nee managed at least 10 saves in a game this past season, as she joined Kahn, Pippitt and sophomore defender Lauren Kwasnowski (Kingston, N.Y.) on the All-Big East First Team.