Pride Attacker and Sterling, VA native Alex Aust will take the field in VA as a professional lacrosse player.
This weekend the state of Virginia will get it’s first taste of the WPLL brand of lacrosse when the league travels to River City Sports Complex in Midlothian, Virginia to hold games at the IWLCA’s Champions Cup. Friday’s match between the Brave and the Fight marks the first time that the WPLL will play in Virginia, a state with a long tradition of lacrosse excellence. The games (Fight vs. Brave on Friday at 5:30pm, Command vs. Pride on Saturday at 7:30pm) are rematches of last season’s semi-finals games. This weekends games are sponsored by the WPLL Foundation.
“Virginia has long been a lacrosse hotbed, producing some of the best players and programs that the game has ever seen,” explains WPLL Commissioner Jen Adams. “We are excited to bring the pros not only to Virginia, but to Champions Cup in particular. It gives us the opportunity to show both players attending the tournament and VA natives that if you work hard you can continue playing lacrosse well after college.”
Many WPLL players have ties to Virginia. The University of Virginia has been a lacrosse powerhouse for decades, winning NCAA Championships in 1991, 1993, and 2004. Several UVA grads play in the WPLL, including the Fire’s Morgan Stephens and Maggie Jackson (an Alexandria, VA native), the Command’s Kasey Behr, and the Fight’s Daniela Eppler. UVA graduates Jessy Morgan and Amy (Appelt) Slade are also involved with the WPLL, serving as General Manager and Assistant Coach of the Brave. Harrisonburg, Virginia’s James Madison University has also established itself as a competitive program, winning the 2018 NCAA championship. Several JMU grads, including the Pride’s Haley Warden, Elena Romesburg, and Katie Kerrigan, and the Brave’s Kristen Gaudian and Caroline Sdanowich will play in the games at Champions Cup. This will be a special homecoming for Kerrigan and Gaudian in particular, as they are both Virginia natives hailing from Oakton and Fairfax Station. The Pride roster also features attacker Alex Aust, a Sterling, VA native who has won NCAA Championships with the University of Maryland and World Cup Championships with Team USA. One of the Pride’s two captains, Aust is one of the top players in the WPLL. She too will be taking the field this weekend in her home state.
Admission to both games in Virginia (Friday at 5:30pm ET, Saturday at 7:30pm ET) is free of charge. In lieu of tickets attendees are encouraged to donate to the WPLL Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports professional and youth lacrosse players develop leadership skills through pursing off-field development opportunities.
About the Women’s Professional Lacrosse League
Founded in 2017 by 4x All-American, and two-time World Champion Michele DeJuliis, the WPLL is a professional league made up of 125 of the top post-collegiate female lacrosse players in the world and a youth development league connecting with the top high school players in the country. For both our professional and our youth players, the WPLL prioritizes character development as a means to excel in life on and off the field. The WPLL uses lacrosse as a vehicle to provide girls with skills that allow them to not only become better athletes, but also grow into confident and brave women. Thanks to a partnership with ESPN, in 2019 fans can tune in to all regular season WPLL games on ESPN3 and the Championship on ESPNU. For more information, visit prowomenslax.com, and follow on social media:
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