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June 1, 2022 — 42 + 15 = 2.0

Yesterday, Athletes Unlimited announced the addition of 15 athletes for the second season of Athletes Unlimited Lacrosse, the professional 10-v-10 league scheduled for this summer at Tierney Field in Sparks, Md.

With a pro forma “draft,” (which actually did not assign players to any of the four teams in the league) players such as Charlotte North, Jamie Ortega, Aurora Cordingley, and Ally Mastroianni — all of whom will be playing in the 2022 WorldLacrosse World Cup — were announced as players in Athletes Unlimited.

The draftees join a pool of 42 returnees from last year’s AU league. At the same time, however, 20 players from last year’s team aren’t going to be in this year’s league. Of course, you can understand the fact that last year’s champion Taylor Cummings, Emily Parros, and Kayla Treanor aren’t in the league this year, as they’ll be trying to be the first host team in World Cup history to win it.

A handful of other players, such as Kenzie Kent, Michelle Tumolo, and Katrina Dowd, are also on college coaching staffs, and are likely going to want to used the four weeks of the tournament to go to showcase tournaments to recruit.

Now, in addition to the 15 college players from the graduating class of 2022, two more players were added to the pool of players: former Loyola goalie and current Baltimore Bryn Mawr (Md.) coach Molly Wolf, and former USC and UNC player Kerrigan Miller.

Now, there’s going to be Twitter chat over the next few weeks calling into question the composition of the player pool. Where, for example, are the likes of Paige Petty, Grace Griffin, or Sam Swart?

I realize that the COVID-19 regulations allowing a fifth year of eligibility has kept a number of senior players from committing to a professional league. But I think this year’s league is going to be relying heavily on the work of North, Ortega, and the rest of the rookie class.

It should be interesting to see who can stack up enough points from goals, assists, caused turnovers, and draws. Then again, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a goalie in amongst the top four in points throughout the summer.