The second week of action in the United Women's Lacrosse League will take place this weekend on the fields of UMass Amherst. The Boston Storm will face the Baltimore Ride in the first game on Friday night, while the Long Island Sound and Philadelphia Force will square off on Saturday afternoon.
Beth Glaros of the Ride scored the first goal in the league's history on May 28, but the Sound would pull out the first victory. Tied 12-12 late in the second half, Hofstra gradate Alyssa Leonard scored the game winner to give the Sound its first win of the season.
The first week of the league saw some adjustments to the new rules, such as the 90 second shot clock, which improved pacing, as well as players being able to move after the whistle.
While the Sound came out with a close victory against Baltimore, the Boston Storm picked up a 16-8 victory over Philadelphia, led by a five-point effort from Danielle Spencer. Now the Storm are playing a de facto home game this week against the Ride.
Spencer, Kailah Kempney, Glaros, and Lindsay Scott each led the league with four goals each last week. Spencer and Kempney, both with the Storm, fired up the apparent high-powered Boston offense.
Danielle Etrasco picked up two assists for Boston, as well as tying for the league lead with Katie Schwarzmann of the Ride. The Storm scored seven out of the last nine goals in their victory over the Force.
Baltimore hung in tough against Long Island and will give Boston a challenge this week. The Force will face off against the Sound in the second game of the doubleheader, looking for their first league victory.