Today a group of 12 WPLL players, including Brave attacker Alyssa Leonard, Command defender Meg Douty, Fight midfielder Lauren Lea, Fire defender Courtney Waite, and Pride midfielder Haley Warden arrives in England for a three day trip filled with lacrosse. During their stay in Aldershot, England the WPLL select team will play three exhibition games against Team England as the English national team prepares for the upcoming European Championships. Colorado Associate Head Coach Alex Frank will serve as the team’s Head Coach while in England.
The trip is part of a partnership with US Lacrosse, lacrosse's governing body. In addition to partnering with the WPLL Futures/USA Selects program, the WPLL and US Lacrosse are working together to make this trip a reality; giving players an opportunity to travel while also helping Team England train. Several players traveling with the WPLL Select Team are in the USA 2021 player pool, including Douty, Warden, and Amanda Johansen, while several other players have experience playing within the US Lacrosse National Team system in the past. All WPLL Select Team players will be wearing co-branded US Lacrosse uniforms on the trip. See US Lacrosse's full release about the trip here.
This trip marks the second time that WPLL players have traveled internationally while representing the league, following last November’s trip to Japan. The WPLL is committed to helping grow the game of lacrosse around the world, not just in the United States. Athletes from 8 international programs including Australia (Hannah Nielsen), Canada (Dana Dobbie, Erica Evans, Emily Gillingham, Selena Lasota, Lydia Sutton), Italy (Gabby Capuzzi, Kerrin Maurer), Korea (Anna Kim), Japan (Ai Hirose), Mexico (Daniela Eppler), and the USA currently in the WPLL. Of note, the WPLL currently features three players from Team England, Ela Hazar, Olivia Hompe, and Megan Whittle.
“This is another great opportunity to continue to play and also go overseas,” Douty said. “England has a great program. We’re all just trying to get better. Bringing girls over there and continuing to compete, that way we’ll get better and so will England’s team, and that’ll bring more competition to the international level.”
Team WPLL and Team England will face off Friday at 7:45pm, Saturday at 4:30pm, and Sunday at 9:45am GMT before returning to the USA. Each game will be played with international rules. Follow along with the exhibition at @prowomenslax on Instagram, where midfielder Lauren Lea will be updating the Instagram story. Please see a full list of players traveling below:
WPLL SELECT TEAM:
Shelby Fredericks, Attack, Pride
Alyssa Leonard, Attack, Brave
Kara Mupo, Attack, Command
Amanda Johansen, Midfield, Brave
Lauren Lea, Midfield, Fight
Mollie Stevens, Midfield, Pride
Haley Warden, Midfield, Pride
Meg Douty, Defense, Command
Caroline Fitzgerald, Defense, Fight
Lauren Murray, Defense, Pride
Courtney Waite, Defense, Fire
Allie DaCar, Goalie, Player Pool
Coach Alex Frank
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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