Team USA to Play UWLX, WPLL Squads at IWLCA President's Cup

From US Lacrosse Magazine | WED 24 OCT 2018 | BRIAN LOGUE | USA INSIDER

SPARKS, Md. — The U.S. Women’s National Training Team will continue its building process when it plays at the President’s Cup in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., next month.

The President’s Cup, a signature event of the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA), will feature more than 300 teams competing at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex from Nov. 16-18 in one of the sport’s biggest recruiting showcases.

“I am very excited to showcase the US Women’s National Training Team at the President’s Cup,” said Team USA head coach Jenny Levy. “It is a unique opportunity for young players to have a front row seat to watch the best in the game train and compete. In addition to the exhibition games, our training sessions will be open to the public, and we encourage President Cup participants to come out and watch.”

On Saturday, Nov. 17, the U.S. will play an intra-squad Blue-White exhibition under Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) rules and will then play modified games against select teams from the United Women’s Lacrosse League (UWLX) and the Women’s Professional Lacrosse League (WPLL).

The games against the professional teams will utilize a fast-paced 6-on-6 version of the sport currently in development by the FIL. This new lacrosse discipline will be played on a condensed field and will feature four 8-minute quarters, a 45-second shot clock and draws only at the start of quarters, along with other rule modifications. The U.S. team did a trial of these rules in a scrimmage following the Team USA Fall Classic earlier this month at US Lacrosse.

“I want to thank both the UWLX and the WPLL for agreeing to participate with the modified rules,” Levy said. “We are 10 years out from the 2028 LA Olympics and the time is now to start working on making this a reality. It will be exciting to get feedback from players and fans on the 6v6 modified rules. The US Women’s Training team had the opportunity to play them in October, and although it is not the traditional style game anyone is used to, it was fast paced and fun to play.”

The 25-player U.S. roster for the President’s Cup event will feature 15 players that competed during the Team USA Fall Classic, but also features six current collegiate players, including 2018 Tewaaraton winner Sam Apuzzo. Ally Carey, a member of the 2013 and 2017 World Cup championship teams, will also suit up after being unavailable for the Team USA Fall Classic due to a prior commitment.

Admission to the Team USA events at the President’s Cup is included with the regular ticket price to the ESPN Wide of World of Sports Complex. Tickets can be purchased online.

The U.S. women’s national team trains and plays using best-in-class products provided by Nike (apparel and footwear), Brine (equipment), STX (equipment), SISU Guard (mouthguards), The Pearl by Guardian (balls) and DJO (sports braces).

In addition to these partners, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Greenfields, Nationwide and MedStar Sports Medicine are official sponsors of Team USA. Team training is also aided by products from Motive Pure, NormaTec Recovery and Athletic Republic.

Follow the U.S. Women’s National Team on social media: @uslacrosse and @usawlax.

Team USA Game Schedule • Saturday, Nov. 17

4:30 pm — USA Blue vs. USA White
6:15 pm — USA vs. UWLX Select Team
7:30 pm — USA vs. WPLL Select Team