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WPLL Announces 2019 All-Star Team

By Jon Bird, 08/20/19, 6:00PM EDT

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2019 Champions Brave Lead All-Star Team with 5 Honorees


Brave midfielders Dempsey Arsenault, Marie McCool, and Amanda Johansen add 2019 WPLL All-Star to their impressive summer resumes.

After an exciting 2019 season, the WPLL is pleased to announce the 2019 WPLL All-Star Team. Selected by league staff and ILWomen’s Women’s Director Halley Quillinan Griggs, the 2019 WPLL All-Star Team features the top attackers, midfielders, defenders, and goalie in the league. The 13 player All-Star Team features 7 players that are receiving their first WPLL All-Star honors, showing just how talented the league is across the board.

“This is such an exciting, innovative, talented team of All-Stars and the Who’s-Who of professional women’s lacrosse,” explained WPLL Commissioner Jen Adams. “The caliber of this years games was so incredibly high and the athletes representing our sport are truly the very best in the world. It is awesome to see such a dynamic blend of All-Stars named to this years team and for the league to have provided the platform and exposure for these players to showcase their mind blowing skills!”

Please find the full list of WPLL All-Stars below:

ATTACK:

Dana Dobbie, Brave

Katrina Dowd, Fight

Hannah Nielsen, Fire

Kayla Treanor, Fight

 

MIDFIELD:

Dempsey Arsenault, Brave

Taylor Cummings, Fight *

Amanda Johansen, Brave *

Marie McCool, Brave *

 

DEFENSE:

Meg Douty, Command *

Katie Hertsch, Command *

Alice Mercer, Fight *

Tianna Wallpher, Brave

 

GOALIE:

Liz Hogan, Pride

* indicates the players is a 2x WPLL All-Star (2018 and 2019)

 

DANA DOBBIE, Brave, Maryland 2008

The most veteran player in the WPLL, Dobbie had a breakout sophomore season with the league, showing that she is not just a lacrosse legend but has the stats to keep her in the conversation for current best attacker in the world. The Brave attacker brings more than just highlight-reel quality goals to the Brave offense. As a veteran leader on the Brave Dobbie serves as a player-coach hybrid, helping guide her team to victory. Her 11 goals this season made her the 5th leading scorer in the league and the 3rd leading scorer on the Brave, helping pace the top offense in the league.

 

KATRINA DOWD, Fight, Northwestern 2010

Dowd brings an unprecedented level of flair, grit, and creativity to the game whenever she touches the field. When the ball is in her stick everyone’s eyes are set on her, as they know that something special is about to happen. Selected 12th overall in the WPLL’s 2018 Fall Draft, Dowd made an instant impact on the WPLL. The Northwestern graduate and UNC Associate Head Coach finished the season with 13 goals (tied for second most in the league) and 18 points (tied for the most in the league). Of note, Dowd’s 4G, 1A performance against the Brave on 6/14 earned her Player of the Week honors.

 

HANNAH NIELSEN, Fire, Northwestern 2009

The lone 2019 Fire All-Star, Nielsen is the spark behind the Fire’s offense. Due to scheduling conflicts Nielsen was only able to attend two of the Fire’s three games this season. But the talented attacker from Northwestern wasted no time on the field, scoring a total of 13 points (7 goals, 6 assists) in her two appearances. Nielsen’s 6.5 points per game average was the best in the league in 2019, and her 6 assists gave her the second most helpers in the league. 

 

KAYLA TREANOR, Fight, Syracuse 2016

Treanor is another Fight addition from the 2018 Fall Draft. She became one of the most dominant attackers in the WPLL, and was a key reason why the Fight were able to play an undefeated 2019 regular season. Treanor’s 13 goals are good for the second most in the league this season, tied with teammate Katrina Dowd. Treanor’s first season with the WPLL is highlighted by her Championship game performance where she led all scorers with 7 goals, a 2019 season record. 

 

DEMPSEY ARSENAULT, Brave, Boston College 2019

The only rookie named to the 2019 WPLL All-Star Team, Arsenault flawlessly transitioned from a top college player to a top professional player. The 2019 BC graduate was selected #2 overall in the 2019 WPLL Draft, and immediately became one of the Brave’s key contributors. Arsenault led the league in points (18), assists (7), and ground balls (17) while also collecting 22 draw controls, good for the 4th most in the league. 2019 season highlights include Arsenault’s 4G, 1A, 8GB, 5DC, and 5CTO performance against the Fire on 6/23 and her Championship MVP performance against the Fight (4G, 1A, 4GB, 3DC).

 

TAYLOR CUMMINGS, Fight, Maryland 2016

The 2x Tewaaraton winner from Maryland didn’t disappoint during her second year as a WPLL player, proving why she is one of the best two-way players in the world. Fight midfielder Cummings led her team in transition and proved to be a threat on both sides of the ball. Her 9 goals, 4 assists, 26 draw controls, 13 ground balls, and 13 caused turnovers show just how dynamic Cummings is all over the field. A 2-time All-Star, Cummings best performance in 2019 came against the Command on 6/23, where she tallied 5G, 3GB, 6DC, and 3CTO in front of her home city of Baltimore. Cummings also tied the league record for most draw controls in a single game when she tallied 11 wins in the Semi Finals against the Command.

 

AMANDA JOHANSEN, Brave, USC 2016

Brave midfielder Johansen was a key part of the Brave’s 2019 successes. A silent success story, Johansen was a key cog in the Brave’s offensive system, pairing well with fellow Brave All-Stars Dobbie, McCool, and Arsenault. Her expertise on the draw circle led to 24 draw wins, good for the third most in the league. On the offense Johansen tallied 9 goals and 5 assists this season, including a 4 goal performance in the Brave’s 2019 Championship victory. Equally skilled on the defensive end, Johansen also caused 4 turnovers and won 7 ground balls this season. A true hustle player, 2x WPLL All-Star Johansen is the consummate teammate, ready, willing, and able to fill whichever role her teammates need her in.

 

MARIE McCOOL, Brave, UNC 2018

A returning All-Star from the 2018 season, Marie McCool continued to impress after a breakout rookie season. The 2018 WPLL Finals MVP picked up right where she left off in 2019, leading the league in goals (14) and draw controls (32). As the Brave’s leading draw specialist McCool was equally capable of winning the draw herself or pushing the ball to the circle, where teammates Johansen and Arsenault won 46 combined draws. McCool’s strongest performances came against the Command, where she tallied 4G, 1A, and 6DC, earning player of the match. She also tallied 2 goals and 9 draw controls in the WPLL Championship game, and collected 11 draw control wins in the Semi Finals, which is tied for the league record. 

 

MEG DOUTY, Command, Maryland 2015

2x WPLL All-Star Meg Douty returned for the 2019 season and continued to prove herself as one of the top players in the league. A NCAA, World Cup, and WPLL Champion, Douty capitalizes on her next-level athleticism, making her a formidable opponent on the lacrosse field. The backbone of the Command’s defense, in three appearances Douty tallied 8 ground balls and 4 caused turnovers while playing a big role in the Command’s overall defense. Oftentimes matched against the top attackers in the league, Douty is able to shine both in 1v1 and team defense situations. 

 

KATIE HERTSCH, Command, Hofstra 2010

Hertsch returns to the WPLL All-Star Team for the second consecutive season. A lockdown defender, Hertsch’s next level footwork helps distinguish her as one of the top players in the league. Hertsch’s shining moment this season came in the season opener when she was named Player of the Week for her performance, where she tallied a game high 4 caused turnovers and 3 ground balls. Hertsch was the only defender to earn player of the match honors this season, showing just how much of an impact she can have on a game. 

 

ALICE MERCER, Fight, Maryland 2016

The first player ever drafted by the Fight, Mercer continues to show the world why top-tier defense is so valuable. On a team touted for their offense, Mercer serves as the cool, calm, collected defender responsible for shutting down opponent’s leading scorers. A 2x WPLL All-Star, Mercer’s 9 ground balls, 6 draw controls, and 9 caused turnovers are all impressive, but what is more impressive is her impact off-ball, where she has a knack for shutting down the league’s top scorers. Dangerous off the clear, Mercer is an impactful defender that pushes the pace of play. Mercer’s strongest performance came in the 2019 WPLL Championship, where she tallied 3 ground balls, 4 draw controls, and 2 caused turnovers.

 

TIANNA WALLPHER, Brave, Towson 2018

Though her contributions don’t always show up in the box score, Wallpher is a high energy defender that has earned a reputation as one of the top 1v1 defenders in the league. Initially undrafted in the 2018 Spring Draft, Wallpher eventually joined the Brave as a supplemental addition, coming off the bench for the Brave during her rookie season. This year Wallpher made her way into the starting lineup and never looked back. The 2018 Towson graduate was the Brave’s defensive leader, oftentimes earning the responsibility of marking the opponents top offensive threats. Wallpher was responsible for shutting down Team USA attackers Michelle Tumolo (Fire) and Kylie Ohlmiller (Fight), holding each player scoreless this season, as well as holding Pride leading scorer Halle Majorana scoreless in the Semi-Finals. 

 

LIZ HOGAN, Pride, Syracuse 2011

In her first season with the WPLL Hogan emerged as one of the top goalies in the league. Drawing from her wealth of experience with Team USA, Hogan proved to be a vocal leader, earning the Pride’s only 2019 WPLL All-Star Team selection and helping the team earn a respectable 2-1 record with her in the net. Hogan closed out the season with a .553 save percentage on 26 saves and 21 goals allowed, good for the second best save percentage in the league. And these weren’t just ANY saves—as Hogan found herself stopping some impressive attempts from the world’s top players. Hogan missed a game due to a scheduling conflict, but was still able to impress the league, earning the highest saves per minute rating in the league (.31).

 

PREVIOUS WPLL ALL-STAR TEAMS

2018 All-Star Team

ATTACK:

Brooke Griffin, Brave

Alyssa Leonard, Brave

Kara Mupo, Command

Kylie Ohlmiller, Fight

Danielle Spencer, Pride

 

MIDFIELD:

Ally Carey, Pride

Taylor Cummings, Fight

Amanda Johansen, Brave

Marie McCool, Brave

Laura Zimmerman, Brave

 

DEFENSE:

Meg Douty, Command

Caroline Fitzgerald, Fight

Katie Hertsch, Command

Maddy Lesher, Fire

Alice Mercer, Fight

 

GOALIE:

Kelsea Donnelly, Brave