TRIO OF CANADIAN WOMEN DRAFTED BY BALTIMORE’S NEW PROFESSIONAL LACROSSE TEAM
Canadian Lacrosse Association – OTTAWA, ON – Canadian national team athletes Dana Dobbie and Kay Morissette, along with alumna Cian Dabrowski, were selected by the Baltimore Brave of the Women’s Professional Lacrosse League (WPLL) during their inaugural entry draft on August 23.
A total of 100 players were drafted to the WPLL’s five teams – the Baltimore Brave, New England Command, New York Fight, Philadelphia Fire and Upstate Pride – who will kick-off the league’s first season in the summer of 2018.
Dobbie and Morissette, veterans of the national team program, are coming off a successful summer on the international stage, winning silver medals at the 2017 FIL Rathbones Women’s Lacrosse World Cup in Guildford, England and 2017 World Games in Wroclaw, Poland.
Dabrowski, on the other hand, last competed for her country as a member of the junior national team that won bronze at the 2011 FIL U19 Women’s Lacrosse World Championship in Hannover, Germany.
“It’s phenomenal to see that some of our current and former national team athletes will get the chance to play lacrosse in the professional ranks,” said Canadian senior women’s team head coach Scott Teeter. “It’s a great way for them to continue competing at a high level in between the cycle of international events.”
A native of Fergus, Ont., Dobbie is one of the most recognizable female lacrosse players in the world. She has been a leader on and off the field since joining the the national team program back in 2003. An assistant coach with the Loyola Greyhounds (Baltimore, MD), Dobbie served as co-captain of this summer’s squad, finishing third in team scoring at the World Cup (17G, 5A).
Morissette, a midfielder and draw control specialist from Bowmanville, Ont., has been with national team since 2011. The University of Louisville (Louisville, KY) graduate finished her stellar collegiate career with 572 draw controls, good for second all-time in NCAA Division I record books. Morissette was hired as an assistant coach with Canisius College (Buffalo, NY) last year, where she works under coach Teeter.
An attacker from Amaranth, Ont., Dabrowski graduated from Ohio State University in 2016. She tried out for the 2017 senior national team, showcasing her skills at the first two selection camps and making it to the top-40 group, before being eliminated from contention.
Former U.S. national team standout Katrina Dowd, who was an assistant coach with Team Canada at this summer’s World Cup, was also selected by the New York Fight.
The WPLL team rosters will eventually expand to 25 players when the league hosts a supplemental draft following the 2018 NCAA season, giving graduating seniors a chance to continue their lacrosse careers.
“I wouldn’t be surprised to see more Canadians get drafted into the league next spring,” added Teeter. “Our country continues to produce talented female lacrosse players that are having an impact at the collegiate level, so this would be the natural next step for them.”
About the Canadian Lacrosse Association
Founded in 1867, the Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) is the governing body responsible for all aspects of lacrosse in Canada. Our organization is comprised of 10 Member Associations representing nearly 80,000 individual participants, including coaches, officials, and athletes of all ages and abilities. The CLA’s mission is to honour the sport of lacrosse and its unique nation-building heritage, by engaging our members, leading our partners, and providing opportunities for all Canadians to participate. We strive to accomplish this while adhering to our core values of health, excellence, accountability, respect and teamwork. The CLA oversees the delivery of numerous national championships and the participation of Team Canada at all international events sanctioned by the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL). The CLA is proud to be affiliated with partners that share the same vision and values, including our corporate partners – New Balance Athletics, Warrior Sports, Westjet, and Baron Rings – as well as our funding partners the Government of Canada, the Coaching Association of Canada, and the Canadian Lacrosse Foundation. For more information on Canadian Lacrosse Association and the sport of lacrosse, visit our website at www.lacrosse.ca and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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