June 5, 2014
MADISON, Wis. - The busy summer rolls on for Rose Lavelle of Wisconsin women's soccer, as she heads to France this week with the U-20 U.S. National Team for a pair of friendlies in preparation for this summer's U-20 Women's World Cup.
The two matches with France's U-20 squad are set to take place in Plabennec on June 10 and Plougastel on June 13. Both the USA and France have already qualified for the U-20 Women's World Cup in Canada, which runs from Aug. 5-24 in Edmonton, Moncton, Montreal and Toronto.
The sophomore from Cincinnati, Ohio, hops aboard her flight just days after putting together one of the most dominant weeks in recent W-League history. The Dayton Dutch Lions midfielder was chosen as Player of the Week after scoring the game-winner in a 1-0 victory against Charlotte, then following up days after with four goals and two assists in Dayton's 6-2 win over Atlanta.
Lavelle is one of 20 players that was selected to represent the U-20 national team. Earlier this year, she distinguished herself as one of the most promising full U.S. Women's National Team prospects by earning the Golden Ball for most valuable player of the 2014 CONCACAF Championships.
During the championships, Lavelle was instrumental in guiding Team USA to its fourth CONCACAF Women's U20 Championship crown and eventual spot in the 2014 U-20 World Cup. Lavelle displayed much of the brilliance and talent she had showed during her rookie campaign with the Badgers last season, drawing praise from national team coaches and peers.
It's been a memorable year for Lavelle dating back to this time last summer. She came in and had an immediate impact at Wisconsin, becoming the first player in program history to be tabbed Big Ten Freshman of the Year last season. The first UW player to earn first-team All-Big Ten honors since Michelle Dalton in 2011, Lavelle tied for eighth in league play for assists (7) and led all Big Ten freshmen in the category. She was also named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for Sept. 16 following a seven-point performance that included a pair of goals and three assists over a two-game span.
Check back with UWBadgers.com throughout the summer for updates on the activity of Lavelle and other Badgers during the offseason. You can also follow the team on Twitter (@BadgerWSoccer).