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National team news: Lavelle, Proffitt called in to U.S. Under-23 camp

04/27/2016, 5:15pm CDT
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University of Wisconsin midfielder Rose Lavelle and Marquette counterpart Morgan Proffitt were scheduled to face off Sunday at the McClimon Complex as their respective teams wrap up their spring exhibition seasons with a pair of matches.

Instead, Lavelle and Proffitt will be working alongside one another at a U.S. Under-23 women's national team training camp in Charlottesville, Va.

Lavelle has been a regular for the Under-23 team for the past year and was part of two training camps with the full U.S. national team in recent months. She was part of the Under-23 team, led by Illinois coach Janet Rayfield, that finished 2-0-1 at the Istria Cup last month in Croatia.

Last fall, Lavelle was named a first-team All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America after scoring seven goals and adding three assists for the Badgers. She also was named the Big Ten Conference Midfielder of the Year and was a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy, awarded annually to the nation's top player.

This is the first national team camp for Proffitt. The Columbus, Ind., native was an NSCAA All-Northeast Region selection and made the All-Big East Conference first team as a defender last fall. She had three goals in 2015 and has five goals in 63 appearances (61 starts) in her three seasons for the Golden Eagles.

"Our entire team is very happy for Morgan to get this opportunity," Marquette coach Markus Roeders said in a news release. "She is very deserving and we look forward to her having a great camp. Mo wants to continue to play at the highest level and this is another step in that direction. Any time a player has a chance to represent our country, it is a huge honor."

  • Milwaukee Wave forward Ian Bennett was named to the Canadian roster for next week's play-in series against the U.S. at the CONCACAF Futsal Championships in San Jose, Costa Rica. Bennett, who also is playing with the Milwaukee Torrent outdoor team this season, is one of four players on the 14-man roster who participated in the most recent regional championships back in 2012 and one of three who plays in the Major Arena Soccer League. Canada, coached by former Wave player Kyt Selaidopoulos, will play a friendly Sunday against Honduras in San Jose as a warm-up for the two-leg qualifier against the U.S. next Wednesday and Thursday. The American side is led by former longtime Wave coach Keith Tozer (Milwaukee) and assistant Mark Litton (Racine St. Catherine's/UW-Parkside), and the series winner earns a spot in Group B along with with Costa Rica, Curacao and Cuba. The top two finishers in each group advance to the semifinals and earn berths in the FIFA Futsal World Cup, which starts Sept. 10 in Colombia. Depending on fhow far Canada advances, Bennett will miss between one and three preseason friendlies for the Torrent. On Twitter: @IanBennett26

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