Here’s why I LOVED my first in-person professional women’s lacrosse game. @topofthebaylax @unitedwlax
When I first really got into covering sports was when my sister started playing volleyball, basketball and lacrosse in high school. Every morning I would run downstairs, pour a bowl of cereal, open the Baltimore Sun to the Sports page, fumbling through the section looking for high school game scores, I’d find St. Paul’s School for Girls and I’d see her name In the box score and I would be so proud.
Especially with lacrosse I thought she was a star and would someday play professionally. MmkmmmUnfortunately, the first pro women’s league started way after she graduated from college so their was no chance of her playing at that level.
On Saturday, I covered my first in-person professional women’s game. The Baltimore Ride hosted the Long Island Sound at Cedar Lane Regional Park in Bel Air, Md.
The United Women’s Lacrosse League is in its second season.
The neat part about Saturday’s game is that one of the premier summer girls lacrosse tournaments was going on. Laxin Out Loud is a run by TopOfTheBaySports which puts on first class events. TopOfTheBay is a sponsor of the Peace Report. At the start of the UWLX, TopOfTheBay President, Krystin Porcella was named General Manager of the Ride. So several of the club teams came and watched the pro game and then afterwards got autographs from the pro players.
I loved the concept of having the pro game being played at the same venue of a summer tournament. The chance for the younger players to play games and then go watch the pros is pretty cool.
What’s so great about women’s pro lacrosse? The pace of play is high tempo, the players are all former Division I stars, and the teams are well coached.
Seeing the kids waiting to get an autograph from their favorite players after the game is what this whole thing is about. The opportunity to play professional women’s lacrosse is a reality now.
The Sound beat the Ride, 10–7. Sammy Jo Tracy and Jill Byers had hat tricks for Long Island. Kari Ellen Johnson also scored three for the Baltimore.
It was a beautiful day and a wonderful opportunity to grow the women’s pro game.