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3d Lacrosse, Top of the Bay Lacrosse Partner to Present UWLX Summer Draw Girls Lacrosse Tournament in 2018

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.

About UWLX

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.

UWLX Holds 2018 College Draft, Stony Brook Star Kylie Ohlmiller Selected First Overall

From Press Releases

BOSTON — More than sixty female athletes were chosen Wednesday night in the United Women’s Lacrosse League’s 2018 College Draft, ushering the next wave of stars into the first professional lacrosse league for women.

Overseen by league General Manager Kristan Ash, the UWLX draft featured General Managers and Head Coaches from the Baltimore Ride, Boston Storm, Long Island Sound and Philadelphia Force making selections across 18 rounds.  

The first overall pick – owned by Boston as the result of an off-season trade – saw Stony Brook star attacker Kylie Ohlmiller selected as the top player in the draft.

“Season Three is going to be a really exciting year for the league,” said Boston Storm General Manager Andrew Fink.

“When you look at the level of talent coming out of college, it definitely speaks to an even higher level of play moving forward for the UWLX. You can expect the league’s four teams to build really strong rosters for 2018. We are certainly looking forward to it.”

Nearly 30 different colleges and universities were represented in the draft. Stony Brook was the most represented program with seven players selected.

“This is an exciting step for the United Women’s Lacrosse League under its new management,” said Ash, who also serves as the Senior Manager of 3d Lacrosse’s Mid-Atlantic region.

“There are a lot of incredible players competing in the college ranks and we’re thrilled to give them the opportunity to play the game they love at the professional level. We have a lot to offer them both on and off the field and we know it can help grow the game and opportunities in the sport. Thanks to our partnerships with STX Lacrosse and Nike, we know that this season will be the best season yet for the UWLX.”

More information about the 2018 UWLX season will be announced in the coming weeks.


The full results from the 2018 UWLX College Draft are below:

Round 1

1. Boston Storm – Kylie Ohlmiller, Attack (Stony Brook)

2. Philadelphia Force – Brittany Read, Goalie (Oregon)

3. Boston Storm – Kenzie Kent, Attack/Midfield (Boston College) 

4. Long Island Sound – Shelby Fredericks, Attack (Northwestern)


Round 2

5. Long Island Sound – Maggie Bill, Midfield (North Carolina)

6. Baltimore Ride – Megan Whittle, Attack (Maryland) 

7. Philadelphia Force – Marie McCool, Midfield (North Carolina) 

8. Boston Storm – Ela Hazar, Attack (North Carolina)


Round 3

9. Baltimore Ride – Emily Kenul, Attack (Johns Hopkins)

10. Philadelphia Force – Brooke Gubitosi, Defense (Stony Brook) 

11. Boston Storm – Sheila Nesselbush, Midfield (Northwestern) 

12. Long Island Sound – Maddie Crutchfield, Midfield (Duke)


Round 4

13. Long Island Sound – Taylor Gait, Midfield (Syracuse)

14. Boston Storm – Riley Donahue, Attack (Syracuse)

15. Philadelphia Force – Erica Evans, Midfield (Canisius) 

16. Baltimore Ride – Haley Warden, Midfield (James Madison) 


Round 5

17. Baltimore Ride – Ashtyn Hiron, Defense (Jacksonville)

18. Philadelphia Force – Sam DiSalvo, Midfield (Stony Brook)

19. Boston Storm – Katie O’Donnell, Midfield (Penn State)

20. Long Island Sound – Kasey Behr, Attack (Virginia) 


Round 6

21. Long Island Sound – Mia DiBello, Defense (Syracuse)

22. Boston Storm – Shannon Fitzgerald, Midfield (Johns Hopkins)

23. Philadelphia Force – Elena Romesburg, Midfield (James Madison) 

24. Baltimore Ride – Taylor Hensh, Attack (Maryland) 


Round 7

25. Baltimore Ride – Emily Poelma, Goalie (Jacksonville) 

26. Philadelphia Force – Lindsay Darrell, Defense (Northwestern)

27. Boston Storm – Holly Turner, Attack (UMass)

28. Long Island Sound – Shayna Pirreca, Midfield (Florida)


Round 8

29. Long Island Sound – Aniya Flanagan, Defense (Florida)

30. Boston Storm – Emma Powlin, Defense (Albany)

31. Philadelphia Force – Erica Perrotta, Midfield (High Point) 

32. Baltimore Ride – Emily Rogers-Healion, Attack (UPenn)


Round 9

33. Baltimore Ride – Emily Barton, Defense (Jacksonville) 

34. Philadelphia Force – Carolyn Carrera, Defense (Stony Brook)

35. Boston Storm – Emily Howell, Defense (Louisville)

36. Long Island Sound – Courtney Murphy, Attack (Stony Brook)


Round 10

37. Long Island Sound – Jill Zubillaga, Defense (Oregon)

38. Boston Storm – Danita Stroup, Attack (Northwestern)

39. Philadelphia Force – Maggie Gallagher, Midfield (Penn State) 

40. Baltimore Ride – Kyra Harney, Attack (Duke)


Round 11

41. Baltimore Ride – Molly Cobb, Midfield (Notre Dame) 

42. Philadelphia Force – Drew Shapiro, Midfield (Hofstra)

43. Boston Storm – Michele Scannell, Midfield (Adelphi)

44. Long Island Sound – Allie Pavinelli, Midfield (Florida)


Round 12

45. Long Island Sound – Neena Merola, Midfield (Syracuse)

46. Boston Storm – Jen Reininger, Midfield (Canisius)

47. Philadelphia Force – Kelly Glatthorn, Defense (Virginia Tech) 

48. Baltimore Ride – Kaitlyn Montalbano, Midfield (Towson)


Round 13

49. Baltimore Ride – Emily Gillingham, Midfield (Towson)

50. Philadelphia Force – Amanda Casten, Defense (Rutgers)

51. Boston Storm – Kaileen Hart, Attack (Boston College)

52. Long Island Sound – Marissa Davey, Midfield (Virginia Tech)


Round 14

53. Long Island Sound – Emma Schurr, Midfield (Boston College)

54. Boston Storm – Kathy Rudkin, Defender (Maryland)

55. Philadelphia Force – Alie Jimerson, Attack (Syracuse) 

56. Baltimore Ride – Joey Coffy, Midfield (Cornell)


Round 15

57. Baltimore Ride – Taylor Reed, Midfield (Cornell)

58. Philadelphia Force – Elena Schorr, Defense/Midfield (Hofstra)

59. Boston Storm – pass

60. Long Island Sound – Tiffany Zullo, Defense/Midfield (Stony Brook)


Round 16

61. Long Island Sound – Morgan Conroy, Goalie (St. Bonaventure)

62. Boston Storm – pass

63. Philadelphia Force – pass

64. Baltimore Ride – Alex Condon, Midfield (UPenn)


Round 17

65. Baltimore Ride – Rachel Vander Kolk, Goalie (Virginia)

66. Philadelphia Force – pass

67. Boston Storm – pass

68. Long Island Sound – pass


Round 18

69. Long Island Sound – pass

70. Boston Storm – pass

71. Philadelphia Force – pass

72. Baltimore Ride – Emma Schait, Midfield (Stony Brook)

For more information on the United Women’s Lacrosse League, visit the UWLX website. Follow the league on Twitter at @unitedwlax and on Instagram at @unitedwlax.


About UWLX

The United Women’s Lacrosse League is a Boston-based professional women’s lacrosse league founded in 2016 by Digit Murphy and Aronda Kirby. 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.

United Women's Lacrosse League Announces New General Manager, Board of Commissioners; Additional Draft Details

BOSTON — The United Women’s Lacrosse League has announced its new Board of Commissioners, General Manager and key franchise staff positions, along with additional details of the league’s upcoming Supplemental Draft.

Kristan Ash, a longtime coach from the Mid-Atlantic region, has been named the new General Manager of the four-team United Women’s Lacrosse League, also known as UWLX.

“It goes without saying that I’m honored and thrilled to be a part of something that’s having such a big impact on women’s and girls lacrosse,” said Ash, who played lacrosse at Gettysburg College and is currently the Senior Manager of 3d Lacrosse’s Annapolis-based 3d Mid-Atlantic division.

“There’s been a lot of work that has gone on behind the scenes and with the strong partnerships of STX and Nike the UWLX’s future is bright. I’m grateful for the opportunity to support the UWLX and most importantly help the players, coaches and general managers build a sustainable fan-based experience.”

The varsity coach at Riverside High School in Virginia and the state’s reigning 4A Coach of the Year, Ash will aim to lead the league into its third season with the new-look UWLX Board of Commissioners, which is made up of the following individuals:

Gary Gait – Arguably the greatest lacrosse player of all time, Gait is the women’s Head Coach at Syracuse University and considered one of the leading minds in the game. He spent multiple years coaching at Maryland before taking over the women’s staff at Syracuse, where he and his twin brother, Paul, were college stars before going on to illustrious professional careers. Gait has years of experience coaching men’s and women’s lacrosse, on the field and in the box. 

Digit Murphy – Murphy co-founded the United Women’s Lacrosse League in 2016. A legendary college women’s hockey coach, she holds the NCAA record for all time wins. Murphy is currently the General Manager and Chief Coach of the Kunlun Red Star professional women’s ice hockey team in China. Additionally, Murphy is the Head Coach of the Chinese women’s national ice hockey team.

Carol Rainson-Rose – Rainson-Rose is the Chief Executive Officer of Long Island Elite and the founder and head coach of the Long Island Yellow Jackets lacrosse program. Rainson-Rose is the varsity girls coach at Northport High School on Long Island. Additionally, she is the General Manager of the UWLX’s Long Island Sound.

Regy Thorpe – Thorpe is the Associate Women’s Head Coach at Syracuse University and considered one of the top coaches in the men’s and women’s game. Thorpe has coached men’s and women’s lacrosse at all levels, most recently leading the Long Island Sound to the UWLX championship in the league’s second season. Thorpe, who has extensive experience coaching box and field lacrosse, was recently named 3d Lacrosse’s Chief Lacrosse Officer. In January of 2017, Thorpe was named the head coach of the U.S. Men’s Indoor Lacrosse team that will compete in the 2019 World Box Championship in British Columbia. 

Greg Waldbaum – Waldbaum is the Chief Executive Officer of Denver-based 3d Lacrosse. Waldbaum helped found the company in 2009 and was named the company’s CEO in 2016. He was instrumental in forming the partnership between 3d Lacrosse and the UWLX in 2017. Waldbaum has served as the President and/or CEO of six operating companies over the past two decades, four of which he was an original founder. Waldbaum also serves on many boards and councils including the Children's Hospital Colorado Corporate Leadership Council and the Harlem Lacrosse New York Advisory Board. 

“We have really brought some outstanding lacrosse minds together to lead the UWLX into the future,” Ash said. “Our Board of Commissioners features some of the best women’s coaches in the world and that will be really powerful moving forward.” 

The league has also named key staff members across the four franchises, including some of the high profile coaches who’ve been involved with the UWLX in its first two seasons.

“We have been able to keep together a lot of the great people who have been involved in this league from the start and that has been a winning combination,” Ash said. “Some new key additions add creativity and great balance to a solid concept. We’re looking forward to working with our team under 3d Lacrosse’s leadership to help create a great lacrosse experience for everyone involved.”

Among some of the key staff additions, Don Zimmerman, who spent nearly four decades as a Division I lacrosse coach, will coach the Baltimore Ride franchise. Janine Tucker, the Assistant General Manager for the Ride, said she sees the quality of coaches gravitating toward the UWLX as an important sign for the league’s future.

“Don is a Hall of Fame coach who brings a positive passion to the game,” Tucker said. “He will be an incredible leader for the Baltimore Ride. It will be an honor to work with him and I know our team will flourish under his direction.”

Krystin Porcella, a two-time gold medal-winning coach of the U.S. Women’s U19 team, is back as the General Manager of the Ride.

“This is an important time for the league and it’s promising to see so many dedicated lacrosse people involved to help take the UWLX to the next level,” said Porcella, who played college lacrosse at Loyola University in Maryland and now serves as the President of Top of the Bay Lacrosse.

“Our management with the Ride is excited to continue into Year Three. We’re proud of the opportunities this league has created for the players as professional athletes.”

Andrew Fink, returning as the General Manager of the Boston Storm, said he’s looking forward to the league’s third season and expects the UWLX to make strides in Year Three.

“I’m extremely excited to be back in action with the Boston Storm and make the UWLX the premiere women’s pro lacrosse league in the country,” said Fink, who is the head men’s lacrosse coach at Mount Ida College and runs Xcel Lacrosse in Massachusetts. 

Below is a list of the additional confirmed staff members across the four UWLX franchises:

Baltimore Ride: Coach, Don Zimmerman; General Manager, Krystin Porcella; Assistant General Manager, Janine Tucker

Boston Sound: General Manager, Andrew Fink; Assistant General Manager, Chris Widelo

Long Island: Coach, Regy Thorpe; General Manager, Carol Raison-Rose; Assistant General Manager, Tracy Weiner

Philly Force: Coach, Mike Bedford

The league’s management has been diligently working to also secure some of the top athletes in the game for the third year of the league, including STX athlete and Boston Storm goalie Liz Hogan.

“With STX the first year, Nike the second year and now 3d in the third year, it makes for a power partnership that will ensure the growth of UWLX and continue to provide opportunities to female athletes,” said Hogan, who was a first-team All-American at Syracuse University and was the 2010 IWLCA Goalkeeper of the Year.

“I’m really looking forward to participating in my third season and am so grateful to continue my professional career.”

Regy Thorpe, one of the league’s Board of Commissioners members and coach of the Long Island Sound, believes the league will keep the game’s best players involved in a meaningful way.

“The fact that we are this geared up for the third season should be a great signal to women’s players that this is the best opportunity to play the game professionally,” Thorpe said. “At the end of the day, this is really all about the incredible players who share the game with fans of all ages and skill levels and help grow the game" 

Following the league’s announcement last week that 3d Lacrosse would be taking over the league’s operations, UWLX has announced its Supplemental Draft to be held on Sept. 30.

The Supplemental Draft will be overseen by Ash and the newly assembled Board of Commissioners. It is open to all women lacrosse players who wish to participate in the UWLX.

Following the UWLX Supplemental Draft, the league will host its Collegiate Draft in early winter and will be hosted by Tracy Weiner, who currently serves as analyst for LaxSportsNet.

“We think the crop of talent coming out of the graduating college class next season is as deep as any we’ve seen, and that obviously bodes well for UWLX,” Weiner said. 

Any athlete wishing to register for the Supplemental Draft is encouraged to reach out to Kristan Ash via email at kash@3dlacrosse.com. 

More information about the UWLX 2018 Collegiate Draft will be provided in the coming weeks, as well as the 2018 UWLX schedule.

For more information follow the league on Twitter at @unitedwlax and on Instagram at @unitedwlax.


UWLX and 3d Lacrosse Announce Partnership

3d Lacrosse Partners with United Women’s Lacrosse League; Takes Over Operations to Advance Girls, Women’s Lacrosse Nationwide


BOSTON (September 2, 2017) – 3d Lacrosse has announced an agreement with the United Women’s Lacrosse League to take over all aspects of the four-team professional league’s operations in a move that will spawn new opportunities for women and girls lacrosse players nationwide.


Beginning immediately, 3d Lacrosse will assume management of the United Women’s Lacrosse League – also known as UWLX – including its field operations, scheduling, player relations, personnel, marketing and communications.


Drawing on the company’s experience in national and regional events, camps, showcases and lacrosse club operations around the country, 3d Lacrosse will look to increase operational efficiency for the league’s backend processes.


Utilizing 3d Lacrosse’s resources and its network of coaches and staff members nationwide, the partnership will aim to ultimately create a better experience for the league’s players and its fans. 3d will also leverage its relationships with its partners STX Lacrosse and Nike in growing the league’s presence and fan base.


“We are thrilled to join forces with the United Women’s Lacrosse League’s management to take the product to the next level and continue the original mission of creating opportunities for women,” said Greg Waldbaum, the CEO of Denver-based 3d Lacrosse, the lacrosse industry’s leader in training and player development services.  


Co-founded in 2016 by Digit Murphy and Aronda Kirby, the UWLX features teams based in four major sports markets: the Baltimore Ride, the Boston Storm, the Long Island Sound and the Philadelphia Force. The league wrapped up its second season in early August.


3d Lacrosse will work to enhance the visibility of the league in 2018, leaning on its large network of coaches and partners all over the continent. It will also work with its partners in growing the league.


Baltimore-based STX Lacrosse, 3d Lacrosse’s official equipment partner, will continue to supply the league and players with the most advanced gear and protective goods in the game. Nike, also a major 3d Lacrosse partner, will continue as the league’s exclusive footwear supplier for the 2018 season.


“We are very excited at the convergence of two of our most important partners in the grassroots development of lacrosse,” said Ed Saunders, STX Lacrosse’s Director of Marketing.


“3d Lacrosse brings best-in-class operational infrastructure to the post-collegiate women’s lacrosse ecosystem. Further, the opportunity to combine the organizational mission and athlete influence of UWLX with the expansive reach of the 3d Lacrosse development platform is unmatched.”


Saunders said STX supports 3d Lacrosse’s plan to create workshops, clinics and other teaching engagements at and around each of the league’s games. With the league’s teams competing in the same location some or most weekends, 3d Lacrosse and STX will maximize their efforts to promote each contest while teaming up to create opportunities for UWLX players to fill their weekends with activities that help build their coaching resumes and connect them to fans.


The opportunity to introduce lacrosse to youth girls, Saunders said, is invaluable for the future of the game and its growth.


“The alignment of the two entities will further the STX vision of empowering higher performance for athletes at all levels of lacrosse, by encouraging post-collegiate athletes to play a significant role in the development of future generations of players, while increasing access to the sport,” Saunders said.


The partnership also furthers the greater vision of the UWLX’s founders, Murphy and Kirby.


The career record holder for wins as a women’s Division I hockey coach and a longtime professional women’s hockey coach, Murphy knew establishing a women’s lacrosse league would be challenging.


But she and Kirby were confident that simply getting the league off the ground was the first crucial step in making their vision a reality. The next phase, Murphy said, was establishing an operating partner that could help professionalize the UWLX and make it a more sustainable venture.


“We proved there’s a market for it and it reinforces the importance of women’s sports. We blazed a trail,” said Murphy, who was recently named the General Manager and Chief Coach of the Kunlun Red Star professional women’s ice hockey team in China. Additionally, Murphy is the Head Coach of the Chinese women’s national ice hockey team.


“To be partnering with a major lacrosse brand after two years is the next step in the evolution of UWLX and the acceptance of women’s sports by the mainstream. 3d Lacrosse’s model for development and growth is exactly in line with how we’re creating women’s opportunities at all levels.”  


Murphy and Kirby launched the UWLX with the belief that young girls deserve heroes and leaders through sports. By working with 3d Lacrosse to ensure that women playing on each UWLX team have ample opportunities to coach, Murphy believes the league will more sustainably create those role models.


“To be able to move forward with our mission, and to have partners like 3d Lacrosse, STX and Nike aligned with us, is really an awesome and valuable opportunity for these athletes and some of the great coaches we have on board,” Murphy said.


“At the end of the day, the league is about creating opportunities for these athletes to play the game, to inspire others, to stay involved in lacrosse and to foster meaningful partnerships and relationships so that we can keep getting women’s sports on the map.”


3d Lacrosse, which operates club programming in 14 different markets nationwide, will look to grow ancillary opportunities for all of the league’s players to get involved in coaching and introducing the game to girls youth throughout the country.


Lacrosse legend Gary Gait, now one of the top women’s coaches in the game, will serve on the league’s Board of Commissioners. He said the league represents a chance to grow lacrosse in general.


“I’ve supported professional women’s lacrosse from the beginning and got involved with the UWLX last year hoping to make a positive impact,” said Gait, who is entering his 11th season as the women’s head coach at Syracuse University.


“I’m excited to continue on next season and look forward to working with a group of energized people to bring the women’s game to more fans and to create an excellent experience for the players and the coaches.”


Regy Thorpe, 3d Lacrosse’s newly named Chief Lacrosse Officer and the coach of UWLX’s Long Island Sound franchise, will join Gait on the Board of Commissioners. 


“3d wants to grow opportunities for women to give back to the game and stay involved and that focuses largely the chance to coach the game,” Thorpe said.


Thorpe, who coached the Sound to the league’s championship this summer, believes 3d Lacrosse’s Methodology — a coaching paradigm and resource library for lacrosse coaches — is the perfect tool for bringing the professional athletes together with local youth.


“3d will put the players in a position to engage in valuable teaching and training opportunities at league games and beyond,” Thorpe said.


“That will give these women additional opportunities to coach and work in the sport. It creates a wave effect: they introduce the game to new players, they help players improve and they create opportunities for themselves to become more deeply involved in coaching. This is how you impact the next generation of players and keep good people involved.”


For the league’s coaches, the UWLX partnership with 3d Lacrosse signifies an important time for the expansion of a sport that still has room to grow even in what are considered traditional hotbeds.


Carol Rainson-Rose, the CEO of Long Island Elite Lacrosse and the head coach at Northport High School in Suffolk County, is the General Manager of the Sound franchise.


Rainson-Rose said she looks forward to a partnership that will work to ensure the game’s top player can play lacrosse longer, while also offering steady opportunities to coach and find additional work in the sport.


“It’s an amazing honor and privilege to have the opportunity to continue working with 3d Lacrosse, STX and Nike in the UWLX,” Rainson-Rose said.


“This is an exciting time for young ladies to showcase their talents at the professional level while being positive role models for girls youth today. I’m thrilled to be part of a league that values women’s lacrosse and its athletes.”


Hillary Fratzke, the captain of this year’s championship winning Long Island team, was grateful for UWLX when it was first announced. She played lacrosse at Towson University but then spent eight years before returning to the field as part of a team.


“Never did I imagine I would have the chance to lace up cleats in pursuit of a championship again,” said Fratzke, who has been the head coach at the College of William and Mary since 2013. “I was lucky enough to be given that in the first year of the UWLX.”


Fratzke said she’s encouraged by the league’s upward progress in its first two years. She is hopeful that the support will keep more players and coaches involved as the league grows.


“I also don’t think anyone expected it to be run perfectly and I knew people weren’t in it for the money. But I know the financial support and a strong organizational structure will make the players, coaches and fans feel valued for the time and energy they put forth to give the UWLX a sustainable future.”


3d Lacrosse management views the partnership with the league as a chance to build on a platform that already has plenty of momentum with dozens of college stars and respected coaches involved heading into its third season.


“We pride ourselves on operational excellence and it’s our hope that we can bring a level of sophistication to the UWLX and provide a forward-thinking approach to positioning the league for growth,” Waldbaum said.


By allowing the league’s coaches and its players to focus on the on-field strategies and the game play itself, Waldbaum believes 3d Lacrosse can help raise the level of play on the field and increase engagement with a growing fan base.


“The UWLX management team has done a great job of creating the foundation for this league, which presents women with the opportunity to play the sport that they love beyond their college years. It’s now our job to make sure that the league functions sustainably and to treat the coaches and players like the professionals that they are, “Waldbaum said.


“We are honored to be afforded the opportunity to help advance the women’s game at a point in time that feels crucial to its growth. There are more eyes on lacrosse than ever before, and the UWLX needs the right support to help grow sustainably. We’re excited to work with the league’s founders to build on the terrific product they’ve created.”


The UWLX will hold its Supplemental Draft on Sept 30 and Oct 1 and the College Draft in January of 2018, with additional details and the 2018 schedule to be announced in early September.


For more information on the United Women’s Lacrosse League, visit the UWLX website. Follow the league on Twitter at @unitedwlax and on Instagram at @unitedwlax.


For more information on 3d Lacrosse, visit 3dLacrosse.com.

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UWLX founders Digit Murphy and Aronda Kirby are once again thinking outside the box in their approach to running women’s sports leagues.


 “We are pleased to announce that we will manage our league with a Leadership Team of women with varied skill sets and amazing experiences in women’s lacrosse!”  Said Murphy, “We could not be happier to announce this approach to managing our league. As leaders in the women’s sports space it takes creative and innovative solutions to get women in the game and keep them there. Many companies have opted for solutions like job sharing; we are opting for a Core Management team of leaders to execute our strategy. This bodes well for a few things—it fits within one of our core values, that of creating solutions for women in management. It helps by having shared responsibility. And it helps women feel comfortable collaborating and leading with their “teammates”.


In the search for a commissioner there was one thing that kept coming in the hiring process: time. Women, for whatever reason, were not able to commit because they felt it would take too much time to execute such a big plan. “I was like why am I fighting this to fit a square peg into a round hole?” said Murphy… “Aronda and I talked about it and said let’s have everyone have individual roles and collaborate and let them stay in their lane and focus on their individual skill set! The solutions were right in front of us!”


The team of Tracy Wiener, Amanda Kammes, Jazmine Smith, and Tara Clough each bring a wealth of experience to the table in lacrosse as well as other sports.


Tracy’s expertise and experience knowing the players and coaches makes her a perfect fit for the Core Leader of Coach in Chief. Her responsibilities primarily will be to recruit talented coaches and players to the organization and create a draft process.


Amanda is simply a dynamo. She has an amazing amount of energy and drive. She will direct the schedule and the marketing initiative for the league. She is passionate about growing opportunities for women and understands the business model that the UWLX is executing!


One of the things we feel very strongly about is diversity; Jaz is all about it and she is particularly passionate about growing opportunities for kids and coaches.  Our sport is lacking in diversity and the UWLX wants to do something about it. Hiring Jaz to represent us is the first of many steps we will take to grow our philosophy of “if you can see it you can be it.” (Geena Davis)


Through Tara’s work with high-profile firms in her professional career, she has gained a wealth of experience in the realm of sponsorship and fundraising. She has spent a tremendous amount of time growing the sport and we are so excited for her to lend her talents to our organization!

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The United Women's Lacrosse League (UWLX) is the first professional women's lacrosse league in the world!  It's been launched by the United Women's Sports, LLC in collaboration with the Play It Forward Sport Foundation in Boston, Mass. This female owned and operated company was formed with the primary objective of establishing women's pro leagues for a variety of sports, thereby creating opportunities for women at all levels of professional sports.  With the launch of UWLX, 100 such opportunities are being created from athletes to operations and executive management.

The League will start 4 teams in Baltimore, Boston, Long Island and Philadelphia this year, and all post-college players, graduating by May 30, 2016 and who are at least 20 years of age are eligible to enter the Draft.  Any interested player MUST register for the Draft to be considered for a team; the Draft registration period is open until midnight on March 31, 2016 and can be accessed using the link on the right.  GM's and Coaches will draft players and make final team selections of 17 active and 3 reserve players in early May.

The 2016 schedule will kick off on May 28 during the Final Four weekend in PA.  The inaugural season will run for 10 weeks during the summer and culminate with a championship weekend on July 30.

Season passes, which allow entrance to any game played during the season and individual game tickets will go on sale online in April.  Be sure to signup for our emails so you can stay up to date about the Draft and upcoming events!!


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