UWLX Week 1 Recap: Philadelphia Force Down Baltimore Ride 14-9, Boston Storm Outlast Long Island Sound 10-8 on Opening Weekend
From Press Release
BEL AIR, Md. — The Philadelphia Force used a second-half rally to defeat the Baltimore Ride 14-9 on Friday evening to kick off season three of the United Women’s Lacrosse League.
Held at the Live.Love.Lax tournament, the win gave the Force a 1-0 record and was the first of a double-header.
Leading the way for the Force, attacker Molly Hendrick had five goals. The former North Carolina standout scored three in the first half and netted two in the second.
Tee Ladouceur also contributed three goals for the Force in her first professional matchup.
Midfielder Alyssa Murray added two first-half goals and two assists for Philadelphia.
On the other side of the ball, Baltimore Ride attacker Nikki Boltja tallied a total of three points in the contest and helped keep the game to a one-goal margin in the first half.
The offensive duo of Molly Cobb and Hailey O’Hanlon contributed two points on the night as well.
Ride goalkeeper Rachel Vallarelli recorded six saves throughout the contest.
"It's just been so much fun seeing the league grow and get more and more competitive every year. We're really excited for the newcomers and I'm excited to see where this game goes in the future," said former North Carolina star Emily Garrity-Parros, who is in her third season as a member of the Force and currently serves as an assistant coach at East Carolina University.
"The sport has given back to us personally so much, so it's nice to give back and to be able to grow the game and be a role model for the next generation and inspire them to be something great."
In the second game of the night, the Boston Storm used a strong first half to get past the Long Island Sound for a 10-8 victory in what was a rematch of the 2017 UWLX championship.
Leading the way for the Storm, veteran Kayla Treanor tallied five points on four goals and an assist. Treanor contributed four points in the first half, helping the Storm build a 6-1 advantage at the break.
Rookie midfielder Michelle Scannell and attacker Emma Powlin each contributed two points in the Storm’s victory. Powlin tallied the first goal of the game to open up the scoring.
Additional goals from Sydney Thomas, Ali Flury and Katie Webster helped the Storm edge the Sound, winners of the first two UWLX championships.
Long Island was led by veteran Christina Esposito, who scored three goals. Esposito recorded the Sound’s only goal of the first half and contributed two later on in the second.
Goals by Cortney Fortunato, Taylor Gait, Halle Majorana, Katrina Dowd and Shelby Fredericks helped the Sound in a second-half push that came up short.
Fredericks, the No. 4#4 overall pick in the 2018 UWLX College Draft, also had a breakout performance in the midfield, registering four caused turnovers, four draw controls and an interception.
Storm head coach Scott Teeter said after the game it was energizing to open up the year in front of the crowd of fans that turned out at the Live.Love.Lax event.
“It’s a fantastic experience, and seeing the girls getting to showcase their talents in front of a crowd like this, it’s remarkable,” Teeter said. “It couldn’t be a better atmosphere.”
Teeter, who was named the head coach at University of Louisville in the fall of 2017, said that he’s trying to provide structure and parameters for his Storm players while letting them harness their natural talents.
“You’re seeing some behind the back passes and shots in there, but more importantly they spread the ball around because they’re all talented athletes and they all want the ball. … My job is to make sure we’re spreading it around and getting some quality looks, but letting them have freedom with the ball.”
The UWLX picks back up on July 7 when the Baltimore Ride will take on the Boston Storm and the Philadelphia Force will face the Long Island Sound in Basking Ridge, N.J. at the Top Flight lacrosse tournament. Games are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. ET respectively.
Philadelphia Force: Hendrick (5 goals), Murray (2 goals, 2 assists), Ladouceur (3 goals), Cermack (1 goal, 2 assists), Garrity-Parros, Tumolo (1 goal, 1 assist), Lynch (1 goal), O’Connell, Boucher (1 assist)
Baltimore Ride: Boltja (2 goals, 1 assist), Cobb, O’Hanlon (2 goals), Hulseman, Brust, Duranti (1 goal)
Boston Storm: Treanor (4 goals, 1 assist), Scannell (2 goals), Webster, Powlin (1 goal, 1 assist), Flury, Thomas (1 goal), Howell (1 assist)
Long Island Sound: Esposito (3 goals), Majorana, Dowd (1 goal, 1 assist), Fortunato, Gait, Fredericks (1 goal)