By Matt Noonan
Athletes Unlimited is growing.
And yesterday – Tuesday, October 20, to be exact – Athletes Unlimited, which has attracted a slew of elite and professional female athletes over the past few months to compete in its softball and indoor volleyball leagues, announced they will be adding a women’s lacrosse league with the inaugural season set to begin next July.
The league, according to yesterday’s release on its website, will commence after the 2021 World Cup which is scheduled to take place in Towson, Maryland next year from Wednesday, July 7 to Saturday, July 17.
“Women’s lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States and incredibly popular among young players and fans,” said Jon Patricof, who is the CEO and Co-Founder of Athletes Unlimited, via yesterday’s release. “Our leagues are all about excitement, storytelling, and fan engagement so lacrosse is the perfect addition to our network of pro sports leagues which already includes softball and indoor volleyball.”
The 2021 Athletes Unlimited Lacrosse league will be extremely innovated, featuring eight minute quarters, 9-on-9 gameplay, and a 60-second shot clock. 56 players will play in this league, which will feature four teams of 14 players. Additionally, each session will begin with a draw.
As of today, 22 female lacrosse players have committed to the initial season, including Kayla Treanor, who is played at Syracuse University and was a member of the 2017 US National Team, which captured the gold medal at the World Cup.
Michele “DJ” Dejuliis, who was the original CEO and Founder of the Women’s Professional Lacrosse League (WPLL), will oversee the league as a Senior Director of Lacrosse for Athletes Unlimited.