CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia senior Maggie Jackson (Alexandria, Va.) was selected by the WPLL Fire as the seventh overall pick in the 2019 WPLL Spring Draft on Thursday (April 25).
The 2019 WPLL Spring Draft consisted of five rounds and gave each of the five WPLL teams to select five new players to join their team for the WPLL season, bringing each team’s final roster to 25 players. Of the 25 players drafted in the 2019 WPLL Spring Draft, 23 are current college seniors.
Jackson, an All-American and two-time first team All-ACC selection, leads the UVA with 66 points on 31 goals and 35 assists so far this season. She has 87 draw controls in 2019 and to own the UVA school record in career draw controls (294). Jackson also ranks in the UVA top 10 in points (226) and assists (106). A Tewaaraton Award Watch List honoree as a senior, Jackson has scored multiple goals in 10 games with multiple assists in nine.
“Maggie Jackson is a competitor who plays with a high motor. She will have an impact on both sides of the field and will help spark transition for our team. Additionally, she is excellent on the circle and can also take the draw,” said WPLL Fire Head Coach Ricky Fried.
In addition to the draft, seven players were selected as WPLL Pool Players. Senior attacker Avery Shoemaker (Wyndmoor, Pa.) was one of the Pool Players selected, which gives players the opportunity to take part in WPLL Pro Days, work at WPLL clinics, and be called up to play in WPLL games should a team need players to fill their travel roster.
The 2019 WPLL Season kicks off on June 2, with a doubleheader — Pride vs. Fight and Command vs. Fire – at Gillette Stadium. Action continues on June 22, in Baltimore, followed by stops in Richmond, Va. (June 14 and 15), Philadelphia (July 6), and Long Island (July 20). All 2019 WPLL games will be streamed through ESPN3 and ESPNU.