BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland women’s lacrosse assistant coach Dana Dobbie was selected by the Baltimore Ride in the United Women’s Lacrosse League’s inaugural draft Wednesday night.
Dobbie was the eighth of 10 picks by Baltimore general manager Colleen Shearer and head coach Jen Adams in the historic draft.
“This is all a dream come true,” Dobbie said. “I didn’t think that a league like this would be a possibility during my playing career. To be drafted by Baltimore and to have a chance to play for Jen again is an opportunity that I can’t put into words.
“I couldn’t be more excited to play alongside some of the top players in our game. I am extremely honored and humbled to be part of such a historic and monumental occasion for women’s sports.”
In being drafted by Baltimore, Dobbie and Adams will rejoin forces, as Dobbie played two seasons for Adams, then an assistant coach, at Maryland. Dobbie concluded her career as a Terrapin in 2008 as a two-time Tewaaraton Award finalist, two-time first-team All-American and two-time ACC Player of the Year. The IWLCA Midfielder of the Year as a senior, Dobbie also broke the NCAA career and single-season records for draw controls, winning 334 throughout her career and 126 in 2008.
A two-time All-World Team player, Dobbie is Canada’s most decorated player. The Fergus, Ontario, native has helped the Canadians to a medal at each of the last three World Cups, including the nation’s first-ever silver medal in 2013. She also captained the U-19 team to a bronze medal at the World Championships in 2003.
Since graduating, Dobbie has translated her passion for the sport into her coaching style. Mentoring Loyola’s midfielders since coming to Baltimore in 2008, Dobbie has helped rewrite the program’s record book for draw controls, as she saw the Greyhounds’ 20-year-old single-season and 18-year-old career records fall in 2014. Her players also own five of the top-seven spots in the single-season record books.
Dobbie has also helped Loyola capture a conference championship in four of the last five seasons; including back-to-back BIG EAST titles in 2011 and 2012 and the last two Patriot League Championships. On a national level, the Greyhounds have advanced to five-consecutive NCAA Tournaments, where they’ve won their first game for school-record five-straight years.
Launched by the United Women’s Sports, LLC in collaborating with the Play It Forward Sport Foundation in Boston, UWLX is a female owned and operated company that was formed with the primary objective of establishing women’s pro leagues for a variety of sports, thereby creating opportunities for women at all levels of professional sports. With the launch of UWLX, 100 such opportunities are being created from athletes to operations and executive management.
The inaugural UWLX season will kick off on Saturday, May 28 at the US Lacrosse National Tournament at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The Baltimore Ride will take on the Long Island Sound at 3:15 p.m., kicking off the two-month season, which will culminate in championship play on July 30.