Last weekend, the inaugural matchday of United Women’s Lacrosse (UWLX) took place at the cavernous Goodman Stadium on the campus of Lehigh University.
As will be the case on most match weekends, the four teams played a doubleheader in front of a crowd consisting of parents and youth players attending the U.S. Lacrosse National Schoolgirls tournament.
It was an instant crowd, albeit somewhat distant from the Division I and III action in Chester, Pa. where a pair of national collegiate championships were taking place.
The two games were of good quality. In the nightcap, the Boston Storm came back from an early two-point deficit to beat the Philadelphia Force 16-8. Midfielders Kailah Kempney and Danielle Spencer led the New Englanders with four points each. The two-point goal factored into an early-half scoring flurry, as Philadelphia’s Kara Mupo was able to use the 8-meter shot to level the score at 5-5 after Long Island took a 5-3 lead.
But if there was one game that should catch everyone’s attention, it’s the Long Island Sound’s 13-12 win over the Baltimore Ride. Long Island drafted smartly, from the goal out, beginning with Team USA’s Devon Wills, who stopped a number of good Baltimore scoring chances in key situations, including a shot in the final seconds.
The Ride, featuring a number of former University of Maryland stalwarts, got four points on four goals from Beth Glaros. Glaros also scored the first goal in league history.
On the other side, the Sound was paced by Hofstra University graduate student Lindsay Scott, who was not added to the roster through the draft or the league combine. Scott had played seven games for the North Carolina team that won the 2013 national championship in triple overtime over Maryland, and evidently head coach Shannon Smith saw something in her.
The league moves on to Amherst, Mass. this week and to Marlton, N.J. the week after. And it deserves your attention and support.