Sarah Aschenbach, who is the executive director of The Tewaaraton Foundation, will coach the girls' South Team for the Senior Under Armour All-America Game with Kathy Jenkins and Krystin Porcella.
Aschenbach is a board member of the Potomac Chapter of US Lacrosse and has been coaching high school and youth lacrosse in the D.C. area for 20 years.
How much practice time do you get with the players this week?
Sarah Aschenbach: We will have two practices on Friday.
What is your strategy as far as practice?
SA: To get to know the girls and their specific skills; put in a few offensive sets and figure out some subbing for different lines; look at some defensive matchups.
How much time do the girls get to bond off the field?
SA: The players arrive Thursday, and there is a dinner that evening, so we will have a chance to get to know each other. Everyone likely knows a bunch of the team, since they have been playing with or against each other for years. I have had the opportunity to coach four or five of the South players throughout the years. There is a welcome dinner Friday, as well with families invited. Then on Saturday morning, the teams will spend some time building meals for Stop Hunger Now.
Have you previously worked with your assistants, Kathy Jenkins and Krystin Porcella?
SA: Yes. I have known Kathy for almost 20 years and have been lucky enough to coach with her at the Women's Division National Tournament and for Stars and Capital. With over 600 wins, she is easily one the best high school coaches ever. She has the ability to see the game like no other and make the adjustments needed to win. Krystin and I have known each other since 2010. She was the head coach of the USA U19 world champion women's team in 2011, and I was the GM. We spent a lot of time traveling together with our team. She is also undoubtedly one of the best minds in coaching.
What are your goals for the game?
SA: Of course we want to win but also have some fun, learn something new and meet new friends. Under Armour runs a first-class event to recognize the best of the best. These 40 or so young men and women are the top players in the world. They are about to embark on their college careers, and this weekend, they will take that step in becoming role models for youth lacrosse players everywhere.