History was made last night when the United Women's Lacrosse League (UWLX), the world's first professional women's lacrosse league, had its inaugural draft. Syracuse was well represented as six former Orange players were drafted.
Nearly 250 players registered for the draft and 40 were selected to the league's four teams. The first teams in the league are the Baltimore Ride, Long Island Sound, Philadelphia Force, and the Boston Storm.
The players are all college graduates, no current college seniors were drafted. College seniors are only eligible to be taken once the NCAA season concludes.
In total, 13 Syracuse players registered for the draft, here were the six selected:
|Name||Pick Number||Team||Position||Graduating Year|
|Michelle Tumolo||3rd overall||Philadelphia Force||Attack||2013|
|Liz Hogan||4th overall||Boston Storm||Goalie||2011|
|Alyssa Murray||7th overall||Philadelphia Force||Attack||2014|
|Becca Block||14th overall||Long Island Sound||Defense||2013|
|Kailah Kempney||32nd overall||Boston Storm||Attack||2015|
|Katie Rowan||34th overall||Long Island Sound||Attack||2009|
The other seven former Orange players that were not taken in the draft are:
But there is hope for these seven who missed the cut. The UWLX will be holding tryouts on May 1, 2016 where the remaining players from the draft pool can play their way onto a roster. This tryout excludes college seniors and there are 40 open spots.
Then after the tryouts are completed, there will be a second draft where 2016 graduates will be eligible.
Syracuse had the most players selected in the Top-10 (3). Maryland led the way with the most players drafted at eight, including number one overall pick Katie Schwarzmann.
For Syracuse fans it's going to be amazing to see all-time greats like Katie Rowan back on the field again. Rowan is the all-time points leader at Syracuse (396) and all-time assists leader (164). She is currently the head coach at Wagner College. Oh and I forgot to mention that she is a two-time FIL World Cup gold medalist.
The highest pick, Michelle Tumolo, is currently an assistant coach with the Orange, a member of US Women's National Team, and a Tewaaraton finalist. She is going to be fun to watch with former teammate Alyssa Murray also on the attack line with her on the Force. Also on the Team USA roster is: Hogan, Murray, and Block.
This league is going to be very fun to watch. It's great that these players get to resurrect their lacrosse careers even if they are coaching.
Looking into the future, it will be exciting to see players like Kayla Treanor, who will be a top-two pick if she decides to join the league, play with or against players that have helped shape her career like Rowan and Tumolo have.
With the MLL as an already established brand, it was about time a women's league came along. It was needed for the sport and it allows young girls to achieve their dreams as becoming a professional lacrosse player. Many probably thought this day would never come, but it has. History has been made with the starting of the UWLX and Syracuse will be a big part of it for the inaugural season and seasons to come.
Here is a look at the new league logo:
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