RICHMOND, Va. – VCU Assistant Coach Meg Decker has been drafted by the Philadelphia Force of the United Women's Lacrosse League. The UWLX will kick off its inaugural season May 28.
Decker, a former star midfielder for Loyola, was one of 28 players selected by the league's four teams as far of a second round of tryouts.
"This was a huge surprise for me, but I'm excited. I love the game so much and I'm very happy to continue playing," Decker said. "I'm excited to be a part of this league and what it represents. We're growing the game. This is 80 women who can continue their careers, coaching staffs that can compete at the highest level, support staff, all of them. This is an amazing opportunity for the lacrosse community. We're keeping people in the game. That's what makes me happiest."
A native of Catonsville, Maryland, Decker scored 113 goals and collected 154 draw controls as a collegian. She helped lead Loyola to a pair of Big East championships, as well as a school-record 17 wins and an NCAA Quarterfinal appearance in 2011. Prior to transferring to Loyola, Decker scored 63 goals and was named LaxPower.com National Rookie of the Year as a freshman at Navy in 2008.
A two-time All-Big East selection, Decker was also invited to the U.S. Lacrosse National Pool Tryouts in 2015.
The UWLX, which will feature a handful of rule changes meant promote fast, open-field play, will hold its games around some of the largest lacrosse tournaments along the east coast. Decker and the Force will take on the Boston Storm on May 28 at Lehigh in coordination with the U.S. Lacrosse National Tournament. The 10-week season, which includes a stop in Richmond July 15-16, concludes July 30.