Caylee Waters Goes No. 1 Overall in Inaugural WPLL Draft


Two-time IWLCA Goalie of the Year Caylee Waters was the No. 1 overall pick by the Philadelphia Fire in Wednesday's WPLL draft.

Ricky Fried loves multifaceted goalies who can defend outside the cage, cause turnovers and ignite transition. In fact, his system of full-field pressure requires it.

True to form, Fried, named head coach of the Philadelphia Fire after Cindy Timchal stepped down due to scheduling conflicts, selected goalie Caylee Waters with No. 1 overall pick in the inaugural Women’s Professional Lacrosse League draft Wednesday.

Waters, a two-time IWLCA Goalie of the Year at North Carolina, has experience playing in Fried’s system. She was a member of the 2015-16 U.S. national team and was on the 2017 World Cup training team.

Fried recently completed an eight-year run as the U.S. coach, leaving that post with two World Cup championships and also a World Games gold medal. Also the coach at Georgetown, Fried now will look to replicate that success at the professional level.

The New England Command selected attacker Kayla Treanor (Syracuse ’16) with the No. 2 overall pick, a location that makes sense considering Boston College hired Treanor as an assistant coach this summer. Treanor is coming off a record-setting World Cup, in which she set a new U.S. record with 43 points (24 goals, 19 assists) and became the first player to be named Player of the Match twice in the same event.

Three more U.S. players came off the board to close out the first round. The New York Fight chose defender Alice Mercer (Maryland ’16), the Baltimore Brave tabbed  attacker Michelle Tumolo (Syracuse ’13) and the Upstate Pride landed midfielder Ally Carey (Vanderbilt ’12).

There was plenty of star power selected in the ensuing rounds, including three-time Tewaaraton winner Taylor Cummings (Maryland ’16) and two-time Tewaaraton winner Hannah Nielsen (Northwestern ’09) going in the second round at No. 8 and No. 10 overall to New York and Philadelphia, respectively.

Results from the first four rounds and the rest of each team’s completed roster appear below. Select players from all five teams will compete in the WPLL showcase game Sept. 20 at US Lacrosse in Sparks, Md.

WPLL Draft

Round 1






1 Philadelphia Caylee Waters G North Carolina
2 New England Kayla Treanor A Syracuse
3 New York Alice Mercer D Maryland
4 Baltimore Michelle Tumolo A Syracuse
5 Upstate Ally Carey M Vanderbilt

Round 2






6 Upstate Nadine Hadnagy D Maryland
7 Baltimore Brooke Griffin A Maryland
8 New York Taylor Cummings M Maryland
9 New England Megan Douty D Maryland
10 Philadelphia Hannah Nielsen A Northwestern 

Round 3






11 Philadelphia Katie Schwarzmann M Maryland
12 New England Becca Block D Syracuse
13 New York Zoe Stukenberg M Maryland
14 Baltimore Amanda Johansen M USC
15 Upstate Alex Aust A Maryland

Round 4






16 Upstate Kristen Carr D North Carolina
17 Baltimore Alyssa Leonard A Northwestern
18 New York Alyssa Murray A Syracuse
19 New England Kara Mupo A Northwestern
20 Philadelphia Abbie Burgess M Footscray (Australia)

WPLL Rosters

Baltimore Brave

Coach: Sonia LaMonica

Erica Bodt, M, Syracuse
Bryn Boucher, M, Maryland
Samantha Brookhart, A, Towson
Cian Dabrowski, A, Ohio State
Ellie DeGarmo, G, Princeton
Dana Dobbie, M, Maryland
Kelsea Donnelly, G, Towson
Beth Glaros, M, Maryland
Brooke Griffin, A, Maryland
Amanda Johansen, M, USC
Alyssa Leonard, A, Northwestern
Halle Majorana, A, Syracuse
Kelly McQuilkin, D, Towson
Kaylin Morissette, M, Louisville
Maura Schwitter, D, Duke
Kelsey Sheridan, D, UMass
Morgan Stephens, D, Virginia
Michelle Tumolo, A, Syracuse
Dorrien Van Dyke, M, Stony Brook
Laura Zimmerman, M, North Carolina

Philadelphia Fire

Coach: Ricky Fried

Casey Bocklet, A, Northwestern
Nikki Boltja, A, Louisville
Abbie Burgess, M, Footscray (Australia)
Kaleigh Craig, A, Northwestern
Danielle Etrasco, A, Boston University
Cortney Fortunato, A, Notre Dame
Liz Hogan, G, Syracuse
Caitlin Ingrilli, M, Northwestern
Lauren Kahn, M, UConn
Lauren Lea, A, Florida
Colleen Magarity, D, Northwestern
Kerrin Maurer, A, Duke
Hannah Nielsen, A, Northwestern
Holly Reilly, M, Princeton
Spring Sanders, M, Northwestern
Katie Schwarzmann, M, Maryland
Haley Schweizer, M, Johns Hopkins
Sloan Serpe, D, North Carolina
Courtney Waite, D, North Carolina
Caylee Waters, G, North Carolina

New England Command

Coach: Amy Patton

Bridget Bianco, G, Northwestern
Becca Block, D, Syracuse
Gabby Capuzzi, M, Ohio State
Megan Douty, D, Maryland
Catherine Ellis, A, Cornell
Tanner Guarino, M, UMass
Allyson Heavens, M, Penn State
Katie Hertsch, D, Hofstra
Anna Kim, M, Stanford
Steph Lazo, A, Penn State
Sarah Lloyd, M, Northwestern
Caroline Margolis, M, Boston College
Bailey Mathis, D, Loyola
Amber McKenzie, D, North Carolina
Kara Mupo, A, Northwestern
Carly O'Connell, M, Oregon
Carly Reed, A, North Carolina
Danielle Spencer, A, Northwestern
Kayla Treanor, A, Syracuse
Taryn VanThof, M, Loyola

New York Fight

Coach: Shannon Smith

Shanna Brady, D, Maryland
Taylor Cummings, M, Maryland
Madison Cyr, M, Penn State
Katrina Dowd, A, Northwestern
Daniela Eppler, M, Virginia
Caroline Fitzgerald, D, Florida
Kristy Gilbert, M, Cornell
Nicole Graziano, M, Florida
Kelsey Gregerson, G, Hofstra
Molly Hendrick, A, North Carolina
Kailah Kempney, M, Syracuse
Emily Kift, G, Maryland
Kelly McPartland, A, Maryland
Alice Mercer, D, Maryland
Alyssa Murray, A, Syracuse
Casey Pepperman, D, Maryland
Lindsay Scott, A, North Carolina
Zoe Stukenberg, M, Maryland
Caroline Wannen, A, Maryland
Kristin Yevoli, M, Stony Brook

Upstate Pride

Coach: Katie Rowan

Alex Aust, A, Maryland
Kara Cannizzaro, M, North Carolina
Ally Carey, M, Vanderbilt
Kristen Carr, D, North Carolina
Margaret Corzel, M, North Carolina
Erika Eipp, A, UMass
Christina Esposito, A, Northwestern
Nadine Hadnagy, D, Maryland
Olivia Hompe, A, Princeton
Sarah Martin, M, Albany
Lauren Murray, M, Northwestern
Casey Pearsall, M, Notre Dame
Renee Poullott, G, Cornell
Erin Slifer, M, Princeton
Mollie Stevens, M, Florida
Barbara Sullivan, D, Notre Dame
Sammy Jo Tracy, M, North Carolina
Jessica Volpe, D, Stony Brook
Kate Weeks, A, Boston College
Molly Wolf, G, Loyola

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