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July 13, 2019 — While one league adapts, the other spins its wheels

Last night, the movable feast known as the Women’s Professional Lacrosse League played its penultimate league weekend at the Ridley Family Center at Loyola University, just days after its West Chester University match weekend was postponed due to lightning.

In the games, the Brave and the Pride won their games, moving them to within a game of the undefeated (and talent-loaded) Fight team. Four out of the five sides (with the Command having completed league play with a 1-3 record) will play the last doubleheader of the regular season later this month at Hofstra.

Which brings up one question: what is going on with the league that started pro women’s lacrosse, the UWLX?

I think it’s telling that the last social media post that the league authored was all the way back on Feb. 6, and the last re-Tweet was on May 6th. This was seven months after it was announced that there would be a wave of talent defecting from the UWLX to the WPLL. This included a number of the Syracuse players who were in the league as well as Katrina Dowd, the former Northwestern star.

If the UWLX has truly folded its tent, it’s a bit of a shame. I think there was an opportunity for the league to be the incubator of the proposed international roles for the 2024 Los Angeles Olympics, which mandates seven-a-side play on a pitch about the size of a six-man football field.

Let’s see if, perhaps, a truly united women’s lacrosse competition can expand to about eight teams with the sides representing a city or region, from coast to coast.