First-Ever United Women’s Lacrosse League Champion to be Crowned in Baltimore
A monumental weekend lies ahead for the sport of lacrosse, as the United Women’s Lacrosse League (UWLX) heads into its inaugural Championship Weekend and will crown the first-ever champion in professional women’s lacrosse history. UWLX Championship Weekend game action gets underway on Saturday, with a semifinals doubleheader at Homewood Field on the campus of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md. Play will then conclude on Sunday afternoon when the two semifinal winners meet in the 2016 UWLX Championship Match.
The inaugural UWLX season began this past May with a pair of games at Lehigh University, officially making professional women’s lacrosse a reality. The league has since seen its four member clubs (Baltimore Ride, Boston Storm, Long Island Sound, Philadelphia Force) play an eight-match schedule that culminates with the semifinals and championship game occurring this weekend.
After owning the best record in the regular season, the Long Island Sound (6-2) takes the no. 1 overall seed into the postseason and will face the no. 4 seed Philadelphia Force (2-6) at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday evening. Philadelphia enters the postseason as the hottest team in the league after winning its final two matches, including a victory over the top-ranked Sound, while Long Island has been firmly positioned at the top of the table for the entirety of the regular season.
The second match-up on Saturday night will see the no. 2 seed Boston Storm (5-3) meet the no. 3 seed Baltimore Ride (3-5) at 7:30 p.m., concluding the semifinal round of the UWLX Playoffs. Boston has consistently played very good lacrosse throughout the regular season, while the Ride looks to rally behind the momentum of playing in front of its hometown crowd.
After the Saturday fixtures, the winners of the two semifinal matches will square off on Sunday afternoon in a 1:00 p.m. title match, where the first-ever UWLX Champions will be crowned.
Tickets for UWLX Championship Weekend are available now and can be purchased on the UWLX website. Additionally, sponsorship opportunities are currently available for the UWLX Championship event, and companies interested in taking advantage can contact the league directly today.
Fans unable to make it to Baltimore for UWLX Championship Weekend will still be able to catch all three postseason matches live, as the league is partnering with ESPN to offer the game broadcasts via the WatchESPN app and ESPN3.com.
The UWLX also announced a special all-ages Learn from the Pros lacrosse clinic as part of its upcoming Championship Weekend. The session is confirmed for Roland Park Country School in Baltimore, with players from all four member clubs participating in the exclusive clinic on Saturday morning from 10 a.m. until noon.
The price for the clinic is $40, but a $60 package is also available that not only gets players into the clinic, but also into all three UWLX postseason matches this weekend. To take advantage of this exclusive opportunity, log onto UnitedWLax.com today to purchase.