The Brave is excited to welcome four new players to their roster for the 2019 season: midfielder Gianna Bowe, attacker Emily Gillingham, goalie Haley Hicklen, and midfielder Dorrien Van Dyke. Each player has been called up from the WPLL Player Pool and will now serve as a full time rostered player for the Brave. Bowe, Gillingham, Hicklen, and Van Dyke replace 2018 Brave players Jenna Collins, Ellie DeGarmo, Kelsey Sheridan, and Taylor Thornton who were unable to commit to the 2019 WPLL season. Both Hicklen and Van Dyke will make their Brave debut tomorrow (6/14) at the Brave's game against the Fight. Learn more about the newest members of the Brave below, and watch them in action this summer either in person or online, thanks to our broadcast partner ESPN:
"Gianna is a gritty player, doing her best work in the midfield. No one battles harder than her, fighting for every possession. Her relentless style will fit in perfectly with our Brave midfield.” Brave Head Coach Sonia LaMonica.
A 2019 graduate of UNC, Bowe joins the Brave after an impressive college career. After starting college as the #18th ranked player in the class of 2019, Bowe made an immediate impact and was named UNC’s Newcomer of the Year in 2016 when she tallied 9G, 2A, 18GB, 7CT, and 25 DC. She continued to improve each season, capping off her career with a total of 52G, 10A, 78GB, 26CT, and 123DC. As a senior Bowe collected several awards, including Honorable Mention All-American by ILWomen, Second-Team All-ACC, Second-Team All-South (IWLCA), and was named to the All-ACC Tournament Team. Bowe becomes the fourth Tar Heel in the Brave’s midfield, joining fellow WPLL newcomer Emily Parros (UNC 2013) and returning 2018 WPLL All-Stars Marie McCool (UNC 2018) and Laura Zimmerman (UNC 2012).
EMILY GILLINGHAM, ATTACK, TOWSON / WPLL FIRE
"Emily's tough as nails Canadian style makes her a lethal scoring threat. Her 1v1 dodge and finish is unguardable, and her skill on the draw is a game changer. She will become a key part of our offense this summer.” Brave Head Coach Sonia LaMonica
Emily Gillingham joins the Brave after playing the 2018 WPLL season as a member of the Fire. Selected with the #18 overall pick in the 2018 draft, Gillingham had an impressive 2018 season, scoring 1G 1A against the Fight, 1G against the Brave, and 3G against the Command. A 2018 graduate of Towson University, Kitchener, Ontario native Gillingham tallied 134G, 32A, 48GB, 41CTO, and 115DC in her career. While at Towson Gillingham set the record for fastest goal in tournament history, scoring just 9 seconds in to Towson’s match against Wagner. Gillingham joins Towson grads Tianna Wallpher (2018), Kaitlyn Montalbano (2018), Kelly McQuilkin (2017), and Kelsea Donnelly (2015) on the Brave.
"Haley's steady presence and quick hands can shut down some of the best shooters in the game. She is a confident communicater and has more than proven herself at the college level. We are excited to see what she will add to the Brave defense this summer." Brave Head Coach Sonia LaMonica
Hicklen is coming off of an outstanding career at Florida. The 2019 graduate leaves the program with 566 career saves, a .483 career save percentage, and an overall 49-15 record. Her 184 saves in 2019 set a new Florida single-season record, besting her previous record of 178 (2018). Along the way Hicklen also collected an impressive selection of accolades, including: IWLCA Second-Team All-American (2018), BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year (2017, 2018), AAC Goalkeeper of the Year (2019), and IWLCA National Defensive Player of the Week (3/27/19). Hicklen ranks first in Florida history in career saves (566), first in ground balls (194), first in minutes played by a goalie (3866.17), and second in overall wins (49). She becomes the second Gator on the Brave, joining 2018 Florida graduate Aniya Flanagan.
DORRIEN VAN DYKE, MIDFIELD, STONY BROOK/TEAM USA
"Dorrien is a strong, powerful player who's no stranger to the underdog mindset. She is full of hustle, and we are excited to see how she will contribute to the Brave." Brave Head Coach Sonia LaMonica
A 2017 Stony Brook graduate, Van Dyke proved herself as a prolific scorer, tallying 197 goals in her career. The 2017 Third-Team All-American was more than just a threat while shooting, Van Dyke also chipped in 81 A, 112 GB, 19 CTO, and 179 DC in her career. Van Dyke currently coaches at James Madison University, leading JMU the 2018 NCAA Championship-winning team to another successful season in 2019. A native of Northport, N.Y., she was a three-time First Team All-Region selection, a four-time First Team All-America East pick and was a 2017 nominee for the Tewaaraton Award. During her time on Long Island, Van Dyke helped Stony Brook to four straight conference championships and NCAA appearances, which included a berth in the NCAA quarterfinals during her senior campaign. In addition to her successes at Stony Brook and JMU, Van Dyke also is a member of Team USA, representing the red, white, and blue at the 2018 Fall Classic. Van Dyke brings the total number of Seawolves playing in the WPLL this season to two, joining Fight attacker Kylie Ohlmiller.
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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