Dec. 23, 2013
CHICAGO – Rose Lavelle garnered the attention of the Big Ten and the rest of the country by earning conference freshman of the year and NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region honors during her rookie campaign.
Now the Cincinnati, Ohio, native will have the chance to help the U.S. U20 women’s national team earn a spot in the 2014 World Cup. Lavelle was named to the 20-player roster for the 2014 CONCACAF U20 Women’s Championships, held in George Town, Cayman Islands from January 9-19.
In a season where Lavelle led all Big Ten freshman in assists (7) and finished third among all Badgers in points (19) and goals (6), Lavelle also guided the Badgers to one of the best starts in program history.
Despite starting the season with the youngest team in the Big Ten and four consecutive road matches, UW got off to an 8-1-1 start, with Lavelle accounting for 14 points during that stretch.
Aside from earning Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Lavelle also wrapped up first-team All-Big Ten honors in 2013.
“At every position, we feel these players are technically proficient and possess a great understanding of how we want to play in order to be successful as a team,” head coach Michelle French said. "We have players with very unique qualities ranging from creative and effective finishers, to players who are threatening with their dynamic movement in the midfield, to players who are defensively strong and physical in one-on-one situations. Our overall athleticism will be another strength of this team.”
The 2014 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship features eight nations divided into two groups of four teams. The top two finishers in each group will qualify for the semifinals, with the winners of those games along with the winner of the third-place match earning berths to the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Canada.
The USA opens Group A play on Thurs., Jan. 9, against Costa Rica, faces Jamaica on Sat., Jan. 11, and finishes the group against Guatemala on Mon., Jan. 13. The winner of Group A will meet the Group B runner-up, and vice versa, in the semifinal matches on Fri., Jan. 17, and the Championship and Third-Place Matches will take place on Jan. 19. All three of the USA's group games kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET and the tournament will be played entirely at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.