BEL AIR, Md. — 3d Lacrosse and Baltimore-based Top of the Bay Lacrosse are teaming up to present the UWLX Summer Draw, a new girls lacrosse tournament to be held in July of 2018 in tandem with the United Women’s Lacrosse League playoffs.
A two-day team event open to graduating seniors through rising fifth graders, the UWLX Summer Draw will take place at Cedar Lane Regional Park just north of Baltimore in Bel Air, Maryland, on July 18 and 19.
Scholastic teams will compete across four divisions – 2018/2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 – and youth squads will compete across four different divisions: 2023, 2024, 2025 and 2026. All teams will play at least five games over the course of two days at Cedar Lane.
The UWLX Summer Draw will culminate on Thursday evening with the 2018 United Women’s Lacrosse League semifinal matchups. A showcase of the league’s four teams, fans will be able to see the Baltimore Ride, Boston Storm, Long Island Sound and Philadelphia Force in action all in one location.
Rounding out an exciting three days of lacrosse, an instructional clinic led by UWLX players will be held Friday at Cedar Lane Regional Park.
The clinic will feature numerous positional and team-based drills and training scenarios led by members of the Ride, Storm, Sound and Force. It will be open to girls of all ages.
Following the clinic, UWLX players will lead a recruiting panel and Q&A session titled “Day One of D1,” offering attendees a chance to learn about the college lacrosse experience and get advice directly from some the of the biggest names in the sport.
Afterward, an autograph session will give fans the chance to meet with UWLX players in person.
“It’s an exciting time for us to be partnering with Top of the Bay, one of the most respected names in girl’s lacrosse in the country,” said Regy Thorpe, 3d Lacrosse’s Chief Lacrosse Officer.
Thorpe, the associate head coach of the women’s lacrosse team at Syracuse University, said the UWLX Summer Draw is part of 3d Lacrosse’s overall effort to raise the bar for girls lacrosse events.
“We know that with a strong partner in the Mid-Atlantic region we can create a great experience for all the attending teams and coaches,” Thorpe said.
“We’re thrilled to launch our first major partnership to pull off a girls-specific event and one tied to the United Women’s Lacrosse League. We hope this can become a festival of lacrosse for girls and women of all ages that spawns opportunities and helps grow the game of girls and women’s lacrosse.”
Krystin Porcella, President of Top of the Bay Lacrosse and a longtime coach in the Mid-Atlantic, sees the three-day affair as a platform for creating opportunities and inspiring young female lacrosse players.
“Hosting the UWLX Summer Draw near Baltimore will put the attending youth and scholastic players in close proximity to a great number of college recruiters,” said Porcella, who has previously served as the head coach and an assistant coach for the U.S. U-19 Women’s National Team.
Porcella was named the General Manager of the Baltimore Ride heading into the 2018 UWLX season. She and other coaches from around the league are hopeful to help many of the UWLX players find their path as coaches in the sport.
“The UWLX clinic on Friday, right after the two-day tournament, gives our pro players the chance to coach and share their knowledge and passion for the game with the next crop of players coming up the ranks,” Porcella said.
“This is how we want to engage with our fan base and help them develop a love for the game and aspire to play at the scholastic level and beyond.”
UWLX General Manager Kristan Ash said 3d Lacrosse and Top of the Bay worked together closely to create a dynamic and engaging multi-day experience for the girls attending the first ever UWLX Summer Draw leading up to the clinic and UWLX semifinals.
“This is an incredible opportunity for the first women’s professional lacrosse league to showcase its talented, world-class group of athletes in front of the youth and scholastic players coming up the ranks,” said Ash, who in addition to her UWLX role serves as 3d’s National Director of Girls Lacrosse.
Ash expects the festivities to be inspirational for the young attendees, who she believes can find role models in the UWLX standouts coaching at Friday’s clinic.
“Not only will the attendees benefit from the two days of outstanding competition in a family-friendly setting, but they’ll also get a chance to learn directly from some of the UWLX players and then get to watch them compete for the right to play for the league’s third championship,” Ash said.
“It’s a great way to create strong bonds with our fans and gives these women a chance to give back to the game by coaching.”
STX Lacrosse, the official gear sponsor of the UWLX and 3d Lacrosse, will be on site at the UWLX Summer Draw, as will be additional 3d partners, including Lax.com, Nike, Elevation Video and Stylax.
Team registration for the UWLX Summer Draw can be found at https://3dlacrosse.com/tournaments/national-tournaments/uwlx-summer-draw.
For more information about 3d Lacrosse and its lineup of events for 2018, visit 3dLacrosse.com/tournaments.
More information about Top of the Bay and its offerings can be found at topofthebaysports.com.
Visit the United Women’s Lacrosse League’s website for more information about the upcoming season and each of the four teams at uwlx.pointstreaksites.com.
About 3d Lacrosse
3d Lacrosse is the nation’s fastest-growing lacrosse services company, offering innovative training, premier events, select travel teams, showcases and leagues for boys and girls ages six through 18 at all levels of organized competition. Founded in 2009, the Company trains more than 35,000 athletes annually using its proprietary Box-Field Hybrid™ Development System that combines the tight stick-handling and ball control of box lacrosse with the team-based field strategies used in Division I college programs. In addition to lacrosse-specific training, professional coaches help players develop lifelong skills, including dedication, teamwork and critical thinking under pressure. Based in Denver, 3d Lacrosse also has offices in Annapolis, Atlanta, Boston, Buffalo, Dallas, Hartford, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, Rochester, San Diego, San Francisco and Westfield, N.J. Learn more at 3dLacrosse.com.
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About Top of the Bay Lacrosse
Top of the Bay Lacrosse is a national leader in the development and implementation of girls’ lacrosse tournaments, camps, clinics, and clubs. Established in 2004, Top of the Bay Lacrosse offers recruiting tournaments, championship tournaments and festival tournaments that offer athletes, coaches and parents the complete tournament experience. Top of the Bay hosts some of the largest girls lacrosse tournaments in the nation, attracting teams from all over the country and internationally. Our goal is to continue to build relationships with prominent members of the lacrosse community, provide industry leadership as lacrosse continues to grow nationally and offer the highest quality playing and learning opportunities to the athletes everywhere. Learn more about Top of the Bay Lacrosse at topofthebaysports.com.
The United Women’s Lacrosse League is a Boston-based professional women’s lacrosse league founded in 2016 and operated by 3d Lacrosse. Also known as UWLX, the league features four teams in major sports markets: the Baltimore Ride, the Boston Storm, the Long Island Sound and the Philadelphia Force. The league is sponsored by STX Lacrosse in Baltimore and, as of 2017, is managed by 3d Lacrosse. Follow the league on Twitter at @unitedwlax and on Instagram at @unitedwlax. Learn more at the league’s website at http://uwlx.pointstreaksites.com.