Pride of Rhode Island – and MB!
Kari B. ’19 is one of 36 lax players named to the U.S. under-19 training team, and the only one from the state of Rhode Island. Kari and the U.S. U19 women’s national team will be competing in this weekend’s Team USA Fall Classic at U.S. Lacrosse Headquarters in Maryland. The U.S. women’s U19 team is slated for a Blue-White game at 7 p.m. this Saturday, followed by a matchup with Navy on Sunday at 4 p.m.
Nearly one month after being named to the 2019 U.S. women’s under-19 training team, Princeton commit Kari found a piece of paper on which she had written notes from her first recruiting phone call in eighth grade. It listed two goals — become a Division I player and a U.S. national team player.
Kari is a two-sport star in both field hockey and lacrosse and has worked hard to attain this level of athletic success. To ease her nerves, Kari drew from her experience in last year’s state field hockey championship, when one of her teammates went down with an injury. While Moses Brown lost in triple overtime, she says she learned the importance of mental toughness. As a result, Kari joined the short list of representatives from Rhode Island to wear the stars and stripes. The only player from the state to make the final roster for the U.S. U19 women’s team was Emily Fenwick in 1995. Kari hopes to become the second, aiming to represent the smallest state and compete on the international stage, bringing back gold for the U.S.
Kari was recognized as Athlete of the Year (field hockey/lacrosse) by The Providence Journal in June, along with Ali Blanchard ’18 (softball) and Oluchi Ezemma ’18 (basketball), and she was named Schoolgirl Athlete of the Year for 2017 by Words Unlimited this past winter.
Good luck, Kari!
(information courtesy of www.uslaxmagazine.com)