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April 14, 2016

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Former Virginia women’s lacrosse standouts Morgan Stephens and Courtney Swan were chosen by the Baltimore Ride in The United Women’s Lacrosse League (UWLX) inaugural draft.

The league features four teams – Baltimore Ride, Boston Storm, Long Island Sound and Philadelphia Force. More than 250 players entered the pool with the top 40 being selected in the live draft on Wednesday night. Each team selected its top 10 players for its 20-member roster with the final 10 spots to be filled following an all-team Combine Camp on May 1.

Stephens, who finished her UVA career in 2015, was selected as the 21st pick overall. A two-time All-American, Stevens finished her Cavalier career with 102 ground balls, 63 caused turnovers and 114 draw controls. The Olney, Md., native ranks ninth in UVA history with 52 draw controls in a single season.

Swan was chosen just four spots later by the Ride at No. 25. The two-time All-American ranks second all-time in UVA history with 272 draw controls and is ninth with 75 career assists. Swan owns three of the top four spots for draw controls in a single season and was just one shy of the school record with 96 as a junior.

The pair will be teammates again with the Baltimore Ride and will be coached by current Loyola head coach Jen Adams. The first women’s lacrosse professional league will begin the season on Saturday, May 28. Baltimore is slated to play Long Island in Bethlehem, Pa., as part of the US Lacrosse National Tour.

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