The sky seems to be the limit for PA 2014 midfielder Elena Romesburg. After winning the 2018 NCAA Championship with the James Madison Dukes and playing professionally for the WPLL's Upstate Pride, Romesburg has been invited to represent the U.S. Women's National Team at November 16-18th's Winter Training Camp.
Taking place at this month's President's Cup in Florida, Romesburg is part of a 25 player Team USA roster traveling to Florida to train and compete. The roster also includes Chester County 2021 coach Katie O'Donnell, who just last month represented Team USA at the Fall Classic. While in Florida Romesburg, O'Donnell, and Team USA will play exhibition games showcasing a 6v6 version of lacrosse.
“I am very excited to join Team USA at the Winter Training Camp," explained Romesburg. "The modified rules that we will be using in the upcoming games sound very fun; I look forward to trying out this new pace of lacrosse."
"It is an honor and compliment to even be considered on the level of players I grew up watching YouTube videos on. I am so excited for this new opportunity and look forward to continue growing as a player while wearing the red, white, and blue. Playing for Team USA is something that I dreamed about as a youth and high school player. I come from a small town not known for lacrosse, but I was able to make a name for myself through both my high school and Ultimate, where I was given the opportunity to compete with the best of the best while also growing as a person. Because of Ultimate I've been able to live out my dreams of playing for a Division 1 program, winning a national championship, playing professionally for the WPLL's Upstate Pride, and helping grow the sport I've loved since I was in elementary school.”
"Elena has stayed true to her style since she was in high school," explained Ultimate Lacrosse Founder and Head Coach Michele DeJuliis. "She plays with so much passion, intensity, toughness and grit. It shows every time she steps on the field and there is no denying her of any play. She has grown tremendously in many ways as a player but most importantly as a person. I couldn’t be more proud to have been a part of her journey then and now. The entire Ultimate Lacrosse family wishes her luck as she prepares for training camp."
Romesburg is coming off of a stellar career at JMU. At 5'2" Romesburg does not let her size hold her back, earning a reputation as one of the grittiest midfielders in the class of 2018. A 3-time Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Player of the Week in 2018, Romesburg was voted a 2018 Inside Lacrosse Media Third Team All-American and also landed on the CAA First Team. The JMU record books are very familiar with the name Elena Romesburg, as Romesburg finished her career towards the top of virtually all of JMU's career statistical categories (3rd most draw controls , 6th most free possession goals , 11th most ground balls , 13th most goals , 20th most points , and 20th most caused turnovers ). In her final game for the Dukes Romesburg tallied 3 goals and an assist on her way to winning the NCAA Championship.
An incredible competitor, Romesburg is just as impressive in the classroom, graduating from JMU with a Bachelor of Arts in history with a 3.881 GPA. Her academic success earned her the 2018 NCAA Elite 90 Award, given annually to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average at each of the NCAA Championship's 90 finals sites across all three divisions. Currently earning her Master's Degree in History, Social Studies, and Secondary Education at JMU, Romesburg is also helping coach while working as a student teaching. After graduation Romesburg hopes to become a high school teach while also coaching lacrosse and field hockey.
Romesburg is the latest of several members of Ultimate Nation to wear the red, white, and blue. In addition to O'Donnell, Romesburg is joined by 2007 grad Colleen Magarity who won a gold medal with the U-19 Team in 2007, PA 2015 grad Natalie Bulgier and PA 2017 grad Chloe Jones who each took home a silver medal with the U-19 Team in 2015, and 2018 grad Madison Doucette who is currently on the Team USA U-19 2019 World Cup Training Team. Ultimate Lacrosse Founder and Head Coach Michele DeJuliis played for Team USA from 1994-2009, captaining the 2009 World Cup Championship-winning team. Romesburg's exhibition games with Team USA will take place in Lake Buena Vista, Florida on November 17th, with tickets available here.
Ultimate Lacrosse is committed to pushing athletes to grow into the best players and people they can be. Serving elite players in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Ultimate gives players an opportunity to play with the area's top talent while learning from experienced coaches. Founded in 2001, Ultimate has a long history of preparing athletes for success at the National Team, D1, D2, and D3 levels. Learn more about Ultimate Lacrosse here, and register for winter training sessions today!