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This weekend, Florida assistant coach Michelle Tumolo and her teammates start training for the 2017 FIL World Cup.

Wednesday July 30, 2014Tumolo, Team USA Begin Training for 2017 World Cup

Gainesville, Fla.

This weekend, Florida assistant coach Michelle Tumolo and her teammates start training for the 2017 FIL World Cup.

Florida assistant coach Michelle Tumolo hasn’t played an organized lacrosse game since tearing her ACL midway through her senior season at Syracuse University in 2013. After being renamed a member of the United States Women’s National Lacrosse Team last month, the 2012 Tewaaraton Finalist will take another step in her quest to play competitively once again this weekend at Georgetown University. 

Last month, Tumolo was one of 38 players from around the country selected from an 81-player, invite-only tryout pool, following evaluations by the U.S. Women’s National Team coaching staff. From Aug. 1-3, Tumolo and her teammates begin training for the 2017 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Women’s World Cup, which takes place in Surrey, England.

A veteran of Team USA, the Florida coach has been a member of the team since 2010.

“I have been on the team the past four years,” said Tumolo. “It has been such a great experience and I am thankful to be on the team every day. I am thankful to wear that jersey with USA on it and represent my country.”

Over the next two-and-a-half years, Team USA will train in preparation for the World Cup. By early 2017, the roster will be cut down to 18 players.

For Tumolo, who enters her second year at Florida, the chance to continue her playing career was an opportunity she didn’t want to miss.

“After tearing my ACL in my senior season at Syracuse, I have the opportunity to redeem myself and see if I still have it,” she said. “Who wouldn’t go for a chance to do that?”

During her four-year career at Syracuse, Tumolo was named the 2012 IWLCA Attacker of the Year, an IWLCA First-Team All-American and the BIG EAST Attack Player of the Year. She was also a three-time All-BIG EAST First Team selection from 2011-13 and ranks fourth in program history for career points (278), seventh in goals (141) and second in assists (137).

Follow Tumolo and the rest of the U.S. Women’s National Team on their journey to the 2017 World Cup on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and use #USAWLAX to join the conversation.

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