Watts — who led Westminster to the Class A-AAAA girls’ championship this spring — will coach Team Spirit in the girls’ tournament, which will be held July 21 through 23. He will be joined by Carter Abbott of The Pingry School (N.J.) in coaching the squad.
“It’s a great honor,” Watts said. “It’s exciting to go down there and coach in a major event like this. I am looking forward to it.”
Lovett’s Leslie Espenschied will be among the players who Watts will be coaching on Team Freedom.
“It will be unique to have a Westminster coach coaching a Lovett player,” Watts said. “It will be great fun to coach her.
“The last two or three years, I tried to stop her and now, I hope she has the game of her life.”
Corsetti is coaching Team Freedom in the boys’ competition, which takes place July 25 through 27. He will be sharing coaching duties with Tim Reidy of Rockhurst Jesuit (Mo.).
“I was really honored,” Corsetti said. “I’ve been involved with U.S. Lacrosse since its inception 15 years ago and to be selected by them for this event is very exciting.”
Watts and Corsetti are among the 16 high school boys’ and girls’ coaches who were chosen to lead the eight teams participating in the event – featuring 200 of the nation’s best high school players.
Corsetti and Watts were among the coaches selected by the U.S. Lacrosse men’s and women’s game coaches subcommittees May 2.
Four teams each will participate in the boys’ and girls’ tournament, playing one game each against the other three teams. The top two teams will play each other for the tournament title.
With his team only having time for one practice before the tournament starts, Watts said his squad will have to come together in a hurry.
“We don’t have a lot of time to put in a lot of things,” Watts said. “I just hope the girls get together as a team quickly and not play as 12 individuals.”
Corsetti is confident that his squad of talented players – among the best in the nation – will be able to gel quickly together.
“I have a couple of things that I do with my high school team, some fun drills that we can do,” Corsetti said. “There’s going to be some adjustment in the first game, so we’ll see what they can do. But, these are some of the best players in the country and I’m sure they will find a way to come together as a team.”