June 3, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Two Yale assistant women's lacrosse coaches, Kendall McBrearty and Brigid Strain, have advanced to the second round of tryouts for the U.S. Lacrosse Developmental Team. McBrearty, a goalkeeper, and Strain, a defender, were selected after the first round of tryouts at the U.S. Lacrosse Women's Division National Tournament in Bel Air, Md., in May.
There were more than 150 players invited to that tryout, and 49 were selected from that group at the conclusion of Memorial Day weekend. Those 49, along with 15 who received waivers from the tryouts due to prior commitments such as participation in the NCAA Championship, will take part in the next round of tryouts August 1-2 at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. The final roster will include 23 players.
The Developmental Team is the second-highest level of the U.S. Lacrosse program. It serves as a means by which players can gain greater exposure to international competition and continue to develop skills with the aim of becoming a member of U.S. Lacrosse's Elite team. The squad is selected for a period of one year.
McBrearty, who was on the U.S. Developmental Team in 2007-08 and 2008-09, made a pair of appearances in the NCAA National Championship game with Virginia in 2005 and 2007. She was a third team All-American for the Cavaliers in 2008, helping Virginia to its third straight ACC Tournament championship. The Cavaliers also won three regular season championships and went 65-17 (.792) while she was there.
At Yale as a coach this past year McBrearty helped freshman goalkeeper Whitney Quackenbush (Manhasset, N.Y.) develop into an honorable mention All-Ivy League selection in her first season. Quackenbush settled in as the starting goalkeeper in the second game and finished 14th in the country in save percentage (.492).
In addition to being on the U.S. Developmental Team in past years, McBrearty was also selected to the U.S. National Team top 49 last fall.
A native of Alexandria, Va., McBrearty was a high school All-American and won four consecutive ISL titles at St. Stephens & St. Agnes School. Her twin sister, Kady, played lacrosse for Virginia Tech.
Strain, who has been selected for U.S. National Team trials three times, made a pair of NCAA Elite Eight appearances and won a pair of CAA regular season and tournament championships with James Madison in 2004 and 2006. She was second team All-CAA at that position in 2008, also earning a spot on the Virginia Sports Information Directors' Association All-State Lacrosse Team. Strain also took part in the IWLCA North/South Senior All-Star Game.
At Yale Strain works with the Bulldogs' defense, which finished 13th in the country in fewest goals allowed per game (9.19). Overall, Yale held its opponent below its season goals-per-game average 14 times in 16 games.
Strain has worked numerous lacrosse camps in Virginia and also spent a summer playing lacrosse in Australia. She is also a tech representative for STX, Inc. in Baltimore.
Also a native of Alexandria, Strain attended Mt. Vernon. Her sisters, Cathleen and Shannon, played lacrosse at Longwood.
Both McBrearty and Strain joined the Yale staff after Anne Phillips, Yale's Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Lacrosse, was hired last spring.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (email@example.com), Yale Sports Publicity