Laura Zimmerman, who set every meaningful girls lacrosse record at Westhill High School before starring at the University of North Carolina, is now a member of the United States senior national women’s lacrosse team.
Zimmerman, who just finished her junior year at UNC, earned that spot in a three-day tryout late in July in Baltimore. More than 80 top players went through a vast examination before the group of pared down to 36 for the national team.
And Zimmerman had local company, as two other Central New York standouts with UNC ties – former goalie Erica LaGrow (CBA) and current teammate Kara Cannizzaro (Cazenovia) also made the national team.
The tryouts were run by U.S. Lacrosse, the nation’s governing body. And the current U.S. National team will appear in events like the Stars and Stripes Weekend in October and the Champion Challenge in January.
Many of these same players are expected to be in the hunt for spots on the U.S. national team that, in 2013, will compete in the Federation of International Lacrosse World Cup in Oshawa, Ontario.
Zimmerman had 186 goals and 91 assists at Westhill, leading her team in scoring three years straight. At UNC, she had 12 goals as a freshman, 52 points (35 goals, 17 assists) as a sophomore and improved to 43 goals and 15 assists this spring as the Tar Heels reached the NCAA semifinals before falling to Northwestern.