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Burgos-Altman Headed to Australia

Burgos-Altman Headed to Australia

FERRUM, Va. -- Former Ferrum College women's lacrosse standout Sianna Burgos-Altman '18 is headed to Melbourne, Australia, for the 2018 Lacrosse Down Under Tour. The tour runs from July 2-14 and is being sponsored by USA Athletes International.

USA Athletes International is responsible for the selection of coaches and athletes that will comprise this year's U.S. team. Alison Valerio from Washington and Jefferson College in Pennsylvania will coach the team. Burgos-Altman is one of 16 players on this year's roster. The team will travel to Gold Coast, Australia, before eventually reaching Melbourne.

The event is designed to be an excellent opportunity for athletes to foster goodwill and friendship among nations, while promoting the game of women's lacrosse. With the exception of the U.S. Olympic program, there are few opportunities for athletes to experience the competition, history and culture of other countries on an international level. Established in 1992, USA Athletes International in a nonprofit organization dedicated to giving amateur athletes such an opportunity.

Burgos-Altman competed three years for Ferrum from 2016 to 2018. The 5'6" attack hails from Orange, Virginia. Her three-year career statistics include 40 goals, 18 assists and 58 points. She graduated from Ferrum in May 2018 with a Bachelor's degree in Health & Human Performance Exercise Science with a minor in Coaching.

"I never had the opportunity to play lacrosse in high school," said Burgos-Altman. "Being able to play as a walk on under Karen Harvey at Ferrum College was awesome. Hard work and determination led me to be able to experience this exciting opportunity. I wouldn't have been selected for this great opportunity if it weren't for my teammates and lacrosse coaches at Ferrum."

Burgos-Altman is Ferrum's first women's lacrosse player to take part in an international tour. For updates on her experience with the 2018 Lacrosse Down Under Tour, check out Ferrum's women's lacrosse Facebook and Instagram pages.