The National Women's Hockey League continues its offseason with numerous player signings, its first international draft and several front office moves. In case you've missed anything over the last few weeks, let's take a look at what's happened in the league.
The United Women's Lacrosse League is set for its first ever post season on the weekend of July 30th where all four teams will compete for the inaugural league championship in Baltimore at Johns Hopkins University.
The Long Island Sound had the best record in the league's inaugural season and will face the fourth seeded Philadelphia Force. The Force struggled to get going for most of the season, but won back to back games to close out their first campaign. Philadelphia topped Long Island before beating the Boston Storm to end their year.
The Storm, the second seeded team in the league, will face the third seeded Baltimore Ride in the second semi final game. The Storm are coming off of a 9-8 loss to Philadelphia, while Baltimore lost to Long Island in the final game of the regular season.
Philadelphia might have the most momentum of any team heading into the playoffs. After losing its first six games of the first season of UWLX action, the Force knocked off the top two teams n the league in back to back weeks. The sudden emergence came after losing just one game by less than two goals previously.
Dana Dobbie of the Ride finished the regular season as the league's leading scorer with 26 points. A duo of Sound players, Katrina Dowd and Alyssa Leonard, finished second and third with 22 and 21 points respectively. Katie Schwarzmann, the league's first overall draft pick to Baltimore, led the league with 12 assists. Kara Muopo of the Force led the way in the goals department with 21.
Devon Wills of the Sound led the league with four wins between the pipes and with a 10.06 goals against average. Right behind her in GAA with 10.15 was Julie Wadland of the Storm.
The Sound and Force matchup will be one to watch, as the team with the top netminder faces a team that has just figured out their identity as a top goal scoring club. Meanwhile, Boston finished 2-1 against the Ride and each game between the two teams finished with just a one goal difference.
All games will be available to be watched on ESPN3.com and the WatchESPN app. The two semi finals games are at 5:30PM and 7:30PM Eastern on July 30th, with the title game getting a 1:00PM Eastern start time on Sunday afternoon, July 31st.
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