BY MICHAEL KELLY
At some point, lacrosse star Kayla Treanor is going to get a chance to catch her breath.
Just not yet.
In early July, Treanor returned to the United States after helping the U.S. women’s national team to a 5-0 showing in its foreign tour of games against England, England’s developmental team, Germany, Scotland and Wales. Since mid-June, the 2012 Niskayuna High School graduate has been playing with the Boston Storm of the United Women’s Lacrosse League, a professional league in its first year of action. Soon, she’ll be heading to Maryland for the first wave of tryouts for the 2017 U.S. women’s national team, held Aug. 5-7 at the US Lacrosse national training center.
“I’m working camps, too, but they’re usually during the week,” Treanor said.
Treanor, 22, graduated from Syracuse University this past May after a prolific career with the Orange. Multiple media outlets reported Syracuse head coach Gary Gait calling Treanor the “greatest Syracuse lacrosse player ever” after her final game this spring, a loss in the national semifinals. For her career, Treanor finished with 260 goals and 393 points, placing her No. 1 in Syracuse history and sixth overall in Division I play for goals, and No. 2 all-time for the Orange and fourth in Division I for points.
Also, as a senior, she captured an NCAA single-season record 217 draw controls.
Not long after graduating from Syracuse, Treanor joined the Storm. The first-year league does not pay its players, but does reimburse them for travel expenses. The league’s postseason wraps up in the final weekend of July, and Treanor has quickly established herself as one of the league’s top stars. Through her first four games, Treanor had scored 13 goals and registered seven assists, putting her in a leaguewide tie for second place in both categories.
“The rules are completely different. There’s no stopping on a whistle, there’s a shot clock, a 2-point shot and a lot less fouls,” Treanor said of her new league. “It’s a lot more like the men’s game. … It’s super-exciting to watch and to play, It’s been awesome.”
Treanor took a break from the Storm to play overseas in England for the U.S. national team. She was one of the U.S. team’s top scorers throughout the games, scoring 14 points between the five contests.
“I love playing with the U.S. team,” Treanor said. “I love the opportunity to get to play with all the people I haven’t played with before … but in particular I like playing with the Syracuse girls, getting that chance to play with all of them again.”
Treanor was one of 24 players to represent the United States in those five games. When she heads to Maryland in early August, though, the process to make the national team that will compete in the 2017 Federation of International Lacrosse Women’s World Cup in England will start back at the beginning with 105 total players.
“It’s difficult to have to go back and mentally prepare for all that, to be re-evaluated,” Treanor said. “But it’s part of the process and what you have to do.”
From this August’s tryouts, 36 players will advance. Eventually, 18 athletes will make the national team looking to win its third consecutive world championship.
“It’s surreal and an honor,” Treanor said of the chance she has to make next year’s team. “It’s always [been] the goal to make that final roster.”