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WPLL Select Team to Face Team USA at President's Cup

By Jon Bird, 10/24/18, 12:45PM EDT

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Game to Feature 6v6 Format, Shortened Field

A select group of WPLL players including Dana Dobbie, Kelsea Donnelly, Brooke Griffin, Hannah Nielsen, and Taylor Thornton will have the opportunity to play against the U.S. Women’s National Team on November 17th. Taking place at President’s Cup in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., the WPLL Select Team will face off against a roster made up of the 25 players invited to the US Women’s National Team Winter Training Camp, which includes 15 active WPLL players. The U.S. Women’s National Team vs WPLL Select Team game will feature a fast-paced 6-on-6 version of the sport currently in development by the FIL. November 17th’s game will be played on a smaller field and will feature four 8-minute quarters, a 45-second shot clock and draws only at the start of quarters, along with several other rule modifications. 

“We are extremely excited for the opportunity to showcase such an innovative, fast-paced version of our sport with an exhibition game against Team USA in Florida,” explained WPLL Commissioner Jen Adams. “This is a great platform for the sports highest caliber players to demonstrate and test out rules that could help shape our future and aspirations of making it in to the Olympics. Spectators can expect to see their favorite WPLL players on both sides of the field thrilling them with their exceptional skill, athleticism and creativity.”

The game will be held at President’s Cup, a signature event of the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA), where more than 300 teams will be competing at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex from Nov. 16-18 in one of the sport’s biggest recruiting showcases. On Saturday, Nov. 17, the U.S. will play an intra-squad Blue-White exhibition under Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) rules at 4:30pm ET, followed by a game against the WPLL Select Team at 7:30pm ET.

The 12 player WPLL Select Team Roster represents some of the best players in the world including: Dana Dobbie, Kelsea Donnelly, Shelby Fredericks, Nicole Graziano, Brooke Griffin, Amanda Johansen, Maddy Lesher, Kara Mupo, Hannah Nielsen, Lydia Sutton, Taylor Thornton, and Taryn VanThof. All of the players have experience not only playing professionally, but also playing or coaching for their respective national team programs. Dobbie and Sutton have represented Canada, Nielsen plays for Australia, and Donnelly, Graziano, Griffin, Johansen, Lesher, Mupo, Thornton, and VanThof all have experience with the U.S. Women’s National Team. A dominant draw specialist, Fredericks was an evaluator at the 2018 Team USA U-19 tryout. The skill of players on both the WPLL Select Team and Team USA combined with the innovate rules guarantees an exciting, fast-paced game for all to enjoy. 

Admission to the game, which will take place at 7:30pm ET, is included with the regular ticket price to the ESPN Wide of World of Sports Complex. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.mydisneygroup.com/18iwlcaea#Home . Please find a full list of WPLL Select Team players as well as WPLL players representing Team USA below:

WPLL SELECT TEAM:

 Dana Dobbie  A  Maryland '08  Baltimore Brave
 Shelby Fredericks  A  Northwestern '18  Upstate Pride
 Brooke Griffin  A  Maryland '15  Baltimore Brave
 Kara Mupo  A  Northwestern '15

 New England Command

 Nicole Graziano M  Florida '16  New York Fight
 Amanda Johansen   M  USC '16  Baltimore Brave
 Hannah Nielsen  M  Northwestern '09  Philadelphia Fire
 Taryn VanThof  M  Loyola '15

 New England Command

 Taylor Thornton  M/D   Northwestern '13  Baltimore Brave
 Maddy Lesher  D  Loyola '16  Philadelphia Fire
 Lydia Sutton  D  USC '18  Upstate Pride
 Kelsea Donnelly  GK  Towson '15  Baltimore Brave


TEAM USA:

 Alex Aust  A  Maryland '13  Upstate Pride
 Kylie Ohlmiller  A   Stony Brook '18  New York Fight
 Kayla Treanor  A   Syracuse '16  New York Fight
 Michelle Tumolo  A  Syracuse '13  Philadelphia Fire
 Ally Carey  M  Vanderbilt '12  Upstate Pride
 Taylor Cummings  M  Maryland '16  New York Fight
 Katie Haus  M  Maryland '13  Philadelphia Fire
 Marie McCool  M  UNC '10  Baltimore Brave
 Katie O'Donnell  M  Penn State '18

 New England Command

 Elena Romesburg   M  James Madison '18  Upstate Pride
 Becca Block  D  Syracuse '13  New England Command
 Kristen Carr  D  UNC '10  Upstate Pride
 Megan Douty  D  Maryland '15

 New England Command

 Alice Mercer  D  Maryland '16  New York Fight
 Gussie Johns  GK   USC '18  Philadelphia Fire