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Conway Seeks Spot On National Team Roster

Boston College Goaltender Catherine Conway

Boston College Goaltender Catherine Conway

June 6, 2011

Chestnut Hill, Mass. - Boston College lacrosse goaltender Catherine Conway progressed through the first stage of tryouts for the U.S. Women's National Team and will participate in the final selection stage in Cantonsville, Md. from July 29-31. She will join current US National Team member Kristin Igoe, who was waived through to the second due to her current status as a member of the team.

"This is an incredible accomplishment for Catherine and certainly means a great deal to our program," Eagles Head Coach Bowen Holden commented. "She is undoubtedly one of the best athletes I have had the privilege of coaching and I have no doubt that she and Kristin will represent BC with pride at the end of July."

Conway traveled to Stony Brook, N.Y. over Memorial Day weekend to showcase her talents for US National Team Head Coach Ricky Fried and his staff, which includes Holden. The Acton, Mass. native will compete for a spot on the 40-person roster as they prepare for the 2013 World Cup in Canada.

Presently, the WNT lineup features 14 current and former student-athletes from Atlantic Coast Conference institutions, including Eagles midfielder and First Team All-American Igoe and BC Associate Coach Acacia Walker. Igoe is looking to earn a place on the team for her second year in a row, while Walker is looking to lengthen her time with the team to 10 years.

A rising senior for the Eagles, Conway was largely utilized as a specialized part of the midfield, but also saw time in net during the most successful campaign in program history this past year.

"What Catherine did for us as a field player this year was impressive," Holden stated," but that is also what makes her selection to the second round of tryouts even more remarkable. It is a true testament to the type of athlete she is."

The 2011 season saw Boston College tie the program record for consecutive wins (6) and wins in a season (12), earn the highest upset by an Eagles team in a 12-6 defeat of No. 7 Virginia, receive its highest-ever Division I national ranking at No. 9 and ultimately make its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. Prior to giving Northwestern its tightest first-round NCAA game in seven years, the Eagles advanced to their first ACC semifinal; where they would limit eventual national champion Maryland to its second lowest point total of the year, one day after posting the largest margin of victory for an ACC opening round match in a defeat of Virginia Tech, 17-3.

For more information about the USWNT, please visit laxmagazine.com/teamusa.

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