Lauren (Simone) Farrell, who captained the Princeton University lacrosse team that took home the 2002 NCAA Championship, will serve as WPLL Futures Director for New Jersey. Farrell and a team of WPLL players will hold a regional tryout on Sunday, March 25th at the Princeton University Bubble for 9th, 10th, and 11th grade players interested in taking part in the New Jersey branch of the WPLL Futures Program. A character and leadership intensive program, Futures is not intended to replace or interfere with a player’s high school or club commitments.
“New Jersey is the home of many accomplished lacrosse players,” explained WPLL Founder Michele DeJuliis. “We are excited to bring the Futures Program to New Jersey and empower the next generation of female lacrosse players from New Jersey.”
Central to the WPLL’s mission is helping the next generation of female lacrosse talent grow into strong, confident leaders. With the help of partners Victory Academy and Brave Enterprises, the WPLL’s Futures Program is designed to expose high school players across the country to lacrosse and leadership experiences that will prepare them for any challenges they may face. Players selected for the Futures Program will receive a mix of lacrosse and life skills that will help them for life. Futures players will also have the opportunity to play in a national tournament this summer, competing against top-talent from across the country.
The tryout consists of a variety of lacrosse and fitness drills that will be run by Farrell and a team of WPLL players. In addition to meeting and learning from WPLL pros, all players that attend the March 25th tryout will be given access to online curriculum designed to test and improve their leadership and bravery skills. After the evaluations are completed, 60 players will be named to the three NJ Futures teams, 20 players from each grade.
“Without lacrosse the path of my life would not be the same. As an athlete, my passion for lacrosse still drives me the same way it did in college. As a mother and coach of young lacrosse players, my eyes are wide open to the opportunities to raise brave and passionate leaders through the sport. WPLL Futures is where this magic will happen. The WPLL is the future of lacrosse and I am thrilled to be a part of it,“ explained New Jersey Futures Director Lauren Farrell.
“We are thrilled to have Lauren Farrell on board as Regional Director for New Jersey,” explained DeJuliis. “As an assistant coach at Haddonfield High School and a member of the New Jersey Chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame, Lauren is very connected to the New Jersey lacrosse scene. We are excited to continue working with Lauren and help develop the next generation of lacrosse talent coming from New Jersey.”
Players interested in the Futures tryout can register here.