A pioneering day for the sport of lacrosse is on tap for this Saturday, as the professional United Women’s Lacrosse League (UWLX) embarks upon its inaugural season of play at Goodman Stadium on the campus of Lehigh University. As we head into this pivotal chapter of women’s lacrosse, we are speaking with our UWLX head coaches to provide commentary and insight regarding the season. Most recently, we spoke with Baltimore Ride head coach Jen Adams.
“I could not be any more excited, and I cannot believe that we are just a few days away now,” an enthusiastic Adams said about UWLX Opening Weekend. “This is something that I dreamt about as a player, but unfortunately it did not happen during my playing time. However, I am still equally as excited to be a part of this now and be one of the first coaches with the opportunity to be involved.”
The Baltimore Ride will be one of four clubs in the UWLX this season, joining the Boston Storm, Long Island Sound and Philadelphia Force. 20-player rosters were assembled through a player draft and then completed through a selection of players who were present at an all-team draft camp earlier this month at St. Joseph’s University. Each team consists of 17 active players and three reserves, presenting 80 professional opportunities for athletes that did not previously exist.
“All of these players are incredibly high-skilled, and just to be one of the 80 players selected to represent a team in their first-ever UWLX game is something historical,” Adams continued. “They are all well aware of that, and they are extremely excited to be in this position where they are ambassadors for the sport. For them to continue their playing careers and be considered professionals, this is definitely taking women’s lacrosse in the right direction.”
In addition to her head coaching post with the Baltimore Ride, Adams also serves in the same capacity at Loyola University, where the three-time IWLCA Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year has led the Greyhounds to wins in five consecutive NCAA Tournaments. Widely regarded as the finest female lacrosse player of all time, Adams led the University of Maryland to four straight NCAA Championships, including two undefeated seasons.
Needless to say, Adams understands how to create a formula for success, and that is exactly what she expects this year with the Ride.
“One of the benefits we have on our Baltimore team is that we drafted a lot of girls who played together on the U.S. team or at their respective colleges, so there is built-in chemistry already,” she remarked. “In terms of our goals, we want to win the whole thing in this first year. We certainly have the talent to do that, and a big goal of ours is to put on an exciting brand of lacrosse. We want little girls in the stands to want to one day wear a Baltimore Ride jersey. That starts in this first game and will go throughout the entire season. We are really building a brand here, and we want to do it in a way that is exciting and innovative, showing everyone the direction that the UWLX, as well as women’s lacrosse in general, is headed.”
In the first-ever UWLX match, the Baltimore Ride will take on the Long Island Sound this Saturday at 3:15 p.m., followed up by the Philadelphia Force against the Boston Storm at 5:00 p.m. Season passes for the 2016 UWLX season are available now online and can be purchased for the low price of just $25. Season passes are good for all 16 games that the UWLX will play in 2016.
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