Dialed In: Your Lacrosse Fix for Thursday, Aug. 24

Former UNC goalie Caylee Waters went first overall in the inaugural WPLL draft, followed by a slew of U.S. national team players.

Good morning. Here’s the latest from around the lacrosse world:

1. The WPLL held its inaugural draft on Wednesday night on Lax Sports Network. Each of the new league's five teams made 20 picks to fill its roster. Also announced were four of the five general managers: Jessy Morgan (Baltimore Brave), Liz Robertshaw (New England Command), Danielle Gallagher (New York Fight) and Jenny Graap (Upstate Pride).

Former North Carolina goalie Caylee Waters went first overall to Ricky Fried's Philadelphia Fire, followed by U.S. women's national team players Kayla Treanor (New England), Alice Mercer (New York), Michelle Tumolo (Baltimore) and Ally Carey (Upstate).

Maryland scored four picks in the draft's second round, including Nadine Hadnagy (Upstate), Brooke Griffin (Baltimore), Taylor Cummings (New York) and Megan Douty (New England). For the full 20-player rosters for each team, click here.

Colleges from across the country were quick to congratulate former players on being drafted to the WPLL.

2. The Six Nations Arrows took a commanding 2-0 lead in the Minto Cup final, cruising past the Coquitlam Adanacs 9-4 on Wednesday night. Down a goal after the first period, the Arrows answered with a 6-0 second quarter to take control of the game. 

Austin Staats, the Onondaga Community College product and NLL draft prospect, led the way with three goals, all in the second quarter. Owen Hill added two assists and two goals, and Albany's Tehoka Nanticoke had a goal and two assists. Four different players scored for Coquitlam, including Thomas Semple, Dennon Armstrong, Chase Scanlan and Reid Bowering.

The Arrows will look to take home the Minto Cup tonight in Game 3 at 8 p.m.

3. With Sept. 1 approaching, Division I coaches and high school players are eagerly awaiting contact with each other. It’s been a summer of confusion on both sides, as each has had to adjust to the recruiting restrictions laid down by the NCAA in April.

For the players, there have been fewer coaches at their freshmen and sophomore camps – a welcome sign. However, for the incoming juniors just weeks away from contact, the uncertainty stills remains.

“I reached out to more schools this summer than last summer because there was so much I didn’t know about schools and who was interested in me and who wasn’t,” said Maeve Heckard, junior at Lansdale Catholic (Pa.) High School.


  • Inside Lacrosse’s Matt Kinnear shares his final thoughts on a successful weekend in Dallas for the MLL, which included sightings of some of the United States’ best indoor/outdoor players.

  • Connor Wilson was once a college lacrosse freshman at Wesleyan, entering a school where he knew no one. Now, he’s sharing some of the things he learned as a freshman in the hopes that he can help the incoming college lacrosse players.  

  • Elon women’s coach Josh Hexter chimes in on the IWLCA blog “Behind the Whistle.” His message? Coaches and players need to practice patience and love to learn and grow within a college lacrosse program.

  • Rutgers lacrosse player Jenna Martinelli and her sister, former Scarlet Knights player Katrina, just returned from a volunteer trip to Costa Rica. Read up on the trip and how they shared the game.

  • Former Penn standout Matt McMahon has blossomed into one of the MLL’s best defenseman. He shared what it felt like to win it all with the Machine.
  • Former William Smith coach Pat Genovese joins a select group of trailblazers for the women's game honored with a plaque along Chris Sailer Trail at US Lacrosse Headquarers.


Noelle Lambert lost her leg as a result of a moped accident last year, but is continuing her recovery with the hopes that she can get on the field again. We covered her progress last year, and it seems she's closer than ever to making it back.

The Christ School (N.C.), with a handful of Division I commits, fell just short of a state title in the 2016 season, but came back this spring with revenge on its mind. This documentary takes us through the 2017 season, which goes all the way to the end. Will Christ School win its first ever state title? No spoilers even though it already happened.


  • Game 3 of the Minto Cup is tonight at 8 p.m. The Major Series Lacrosse final heads to Game 2 on Thursday. 

  • Check back today to see Episode 5 of the Chasing Rings series. You don't want to miss this chapter of the U.S. women's national team's journey.

  • On that subject, we have a feature on Team USA from Megan Schneider that appeared in the September/October edition.


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