This evening, you can follow the inaugural United Women’s Lacrosse (UWLX) draft either on Twitter or through the digital network Lax Sports Network.
The draft will fill out the four teams in the league: the Baltimore Ride, Philadelphia Force, Long Island Sound, and the Boston Storm.
It’s known that Baltimore will have the first pick in the draft, and that pick will be extremely important in terms of specialists. Would Jen Adams, the Ride’s head coach, pick a goalie such as Team USA’s Devon Wills? An attacking midfielder such as Michele Tumolo? A center draw specialist? A lockdown defender? Or someone who can control the office behind the goal cage?
What is known, however, is that Adams won’t have a chance — yet — to draft two-time Tewaaraton Award winner Taylor Cummings. Because the inaugural weekend of the UWLX occurs during this year’s Final Four, there is going to be a separate draft for collegiate players which will take place sometime after a champion is crowned in Chester, according to a Twitter post by the league.
Now, we don’t know when the supplemental college draft will take place, or which of the potential pool of players may have conflicts with either job prospects, internships, coaching opportunities at camps, or people who just need to have a rest after a season lasting from February through May.
All I know is that this draft will help form the initial basis for the rosters of 17 active players and three reserves for each side. And the members of each roster are all going to be looking over their shoulders for when the collegians are made eligible: a boffo draft class including Cummings, her Maryland teammate Alice Mercer, Kayla Treanor and Erica Bodt of Syracuse, Emi Smith and Molly Stevens of Penn State, Kaleigh Craig and Spring Sanders of Northwestern, Sarah Mannelly and Caroline Margolis of Boston College, and Kelsey Duryea and Claire Scarrone of Duke.
We’ll see what happens at 8 p.m. this evening. I’ll try to have some thoughts as the rosters are hashed out. Given the fact that the International Lacrosse Federation does not control how players are bought, sold, and traded in a global marketplace like FIFA controls soccer players, I think what you will see tonight won’t necessarily translate into what you see on the pitch this season.