“This is not the end of my career,” she said she told herself. “I had to think about my future and trying out for the U.S. team again.”
Tumolo set her mind to rehabbing her injured knee and becoming stronger than she was during her Syracuse days.
Validation came this winter when Tumolo was named as a member of the 18-player U.S. Women’s National Team that will compete in the 2017 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Women’s World Cup, July 12-22 in Guildford, England. She didn’t make the roster in 2013, but four years and a torn ACL recovery later, Tumolo will be one of Team USA’s leaders on offense this summer.
“It’s adversity, but you have to come back,” she said. “I’m so lucky that I’m one of the four attackers still around and I can’t wait to be out there and have USA on my chest, listen to the anthem with my teammates and get out there. … I feel better than I did even before I tore my ACL, if that even makes sense. I feel so confident.”
Fried said he’s proud that Tumolo committed herself to coming back strong for 2017.
“You love it when these things work out and you’re rewarded for those things,” Fried said. “She earned that.”