Emily Leitner '12 Set for Pro Debut

PHILADELPHIA – History will be made this weekend with the opening games of the inaugural United Women’s Lacrosse (UWLX) season at Lehigh University on May 28. The first professional women’s lacrosse league will feature a University of Pennsylvania player as Emily Leitner ’12 will suit up for the Philadelphia Force.

Leitner – a two-time All-Region and All-Ivy goalkeeper for the Quakers – will play for a Force squad led by general manager Caitlin Jackson, Penn’s volunteer Director of Operations this past season. Leitner was a unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection in 2012 when she posted a 9.44 GAA and tied for the Ivy League lead in ground balls.

The UWLX has drawn 80 of the top players in the country to its first season, looking to grow the sport of women’s lacrosse while keeping the talent pool for Team USA strong. The UWLX also will introduce innovations like a 90-second shot clock, two-point goals, 6-on-6 play below the restraining line and a shootout format for games that are still tied after overtime.

Each team will play six regular season games at lacrosse festivals and tournaments throughout the summer, culminating with championship weekend July 29-30.