Athletes Unlimited announced on Wednesday that Maureen Hendricks Field in Boyds, Maryland will be the home for its inaugural lacrosse season this summer. The newest iteration of the women’s pro game is set to take the field in the D.C Metro area for a five week season, running from July 19 to August 22.
The league will feature 56 of the world’s best players on four teams each week. A notable difference from previous women’s pro leagues is the implantation of no set teams. Instead, new teams will be drafted each week by the top four players on the Athletes Unlimited leaderboard.
Scoring will be calculated based on a point system created by the AU player advisory committee. Points will be awarded based on a player’s individual and team performance. The drafts will take place Monday night with Tuesday to Thursday serving as practice days and games taking place Friday to Sunday.
The AU currently has 38 athletes confirmed to suit up this summer, highlighted by the likes of Kylie Ohlmiller, Taylor Cummings, Kayla Treanor, Sam Apuzzo and Michelle Tumolo.
In addition to the pros competing this summer, the AU will also host it’s National Summit for more than 600 of top middle and high school female lacrosse players from across the country. More information on fan attendance policies will be will be released on in the coming weeks.
Want to hear from the athletes completing this summer in the AU? Check out some of our recent editions of the Pro Lacrosse Talk Podcast with Taylor Cummings, Michelle Tumolo or Sam Apuzzo, who joined to discuss their career and this upcoming Athletes Unlimited season.
On this episode of the Pro Lacrosse Talk Podcast, Adam Moore and Hutton Jackson are joined by Halifax Thunderbirds defender and Cannons LC midfielder Tyson Bell. He discusses winning an NLL Championship with the Calgary Roughnecks, being traded to the Halifax Thunderbirds during the 2020 NLL Draft, NLL training camp and playing for Cannons LC in the PLL this past summer. He also discusses using friend Trevor Baptiste’s mop celly after scoring a goal against Atlas, his twitter beef with Jake Carraway, and facing his former team in Calgary later this NLL season.
Hutton and Adam also discuss the NLL’s TV deal with ESPN and TSN, spotlight their most anticipated debuts by players on new teams, preview their top NLL Faceoff Weekend matchups and give their picks for every NLL Week 1 game.
Pro Lacrosse Talk is the first and only podcast covering all three professional lacrosse leagues (NLL, PLL, Athletes Unlimited). Each week throughout the season, we’ll recap the games, provide analysis on the teams and feature exclusive postgame and off-the-field interviews with professional lacrosse players, coaches and executives.
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