Olivia Dirks '19 Plays with US Women's Lacrosse U19 Team

Senior lacrosse captain Olivia Dirks is one of 23 players, and the only high school player from Pennsylvania, to be selected for the US Lacrosse U19 team.

An initial pool of 110 players tried out last summer- with 34 selected.

In October, Olivia played with the team at the Fall Classic. In January, she joined teammates at Stanford University for training and the Spring Premiere tournament. After that tournament, the roster was trimmed to 23 players.

"The players on the team represent some of the best players in our age group- most are college freshman or sophmores." said Olivia. "It's crazy to think that I am one of a few high school players and the only one from Pennsylvania."

Spring Primere is a six-team women's event featuring the senior and U19 teams, along with teams from Japan and England. "The U19 team held practices, scrimmages, and competed in exhibition games against Japan, England, and Stanford," explained Oliva.

"The opportunity that Olivia has to play with young women who rank in the top tier of the lacrosse world is amazing," observed EA Head Varsity Coach Josie Tomaino. "Not only does Olivia personally benefit from competing at that high level, but so does our team!"

This summer, the U19 team will play in the Women's World Championships in Peterborough, Canada after training sessions at US Lacrosse headquarters in Sparks, Maryland.

"It is an honor to be selected to play for your country, it is such a unique experience," said Olivia. "I'm so thankful for may coaches [Josie Tomaino and Kim Piersall] and my teammates at EA, because without them I would not be the player I am today."

"Olivia brings the highest caliber intensity, game sense, strategy and skill to practice every day, which helps take our game as a program to the next level," said Coach Tomaino. "We are so tremendously proud of Olivia's accomplishment and are very excited to be a part of her continued training for the 2019 World Cup!"