Top women’s lacrosse teams in the world set to compete at Towson University June 29-July 9 

U.S. seeks to defend world title, win first championship on home soil 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, USA – In 100 days, the top women’s lacrosse players in the world will commence play at the 2022 World Lacrosse Women’s Championship as the sport’s pinnacle event returns to the United States for the first time since 2005. Originally scheduled for the summer of 2021, the 11th edition of the championship will feature a record 30 nations competing from June 29 to July 9 at Maryland’s Towson University, where the top-ranked U.S. team will be seeking to defend its title and capture its first world championship on home soil. 

USA Lacrosse is serving as host of the championship for the third time, with past editions having been held in Philadelphia (1986) and Annapolis, Maryland (2005). 

The U.S. has won the last three world championships – earning gold-medal victories over Australia in 2009, and Canada in both 2013 and 2017 – and will be looking to make history as the first team to win the women’s title in its home country.  

Canada, England, Australia, Scotland, Israel, Wales, New Zealand, Japan and the Czech Republic will round out the top-seeded teams at the tournament. Also among the 30 competing nations will be five newcomers: Argentina, Jamaica, Norway, Puerto Rico and Uganda. Additional participants include Austria, China, Colombia, Germany, Haudenosaunee, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Latvia, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. 

World Lacrosse CEO Jim Scherr said: “The women’s championship in Maryland will be the perfect kickoff to an exciting three months of major global lacrosse events. With just 100 days to go following a year’s delay due to the pandemic, anticipation is rapidly building around the world, and we very much look forward to being at Towson University to celebrate the best in our sport.” 

USA Lacrosse President/CEO Marc Riccio said: “We’re incredibly excited to welcome the world’s best lacrosse players to the United States and to serve as the host country for the world championship. This event brings the international lacrosse community together – players, coaches, officials and fans – to both compete and celebrate the game we all love. It’s going to be a tremendous experience for everyone.” 

Taylor Cummings – 2017 world champion, 2021 Athletes Unlimited champion and three-time Tewaaraton winner at the University of Maryland – said: “I couldn’t be more excited to be participating in the women’s championship at Towson this summer. Our group is full of so much competitive spirit, and we cannot wait to play against the best players in the world on our home soil.” 

Alongside the championship, the World Festival Tournament will provide an opportunity for girls’ and women’s teams from around the world to compete and watch the sport’s best players in action. The festival will be held at neighboring Goucher College and will include competition for youth (10U, 12U, 13U, 14U), high school (16U, 18U) and adult (18+) teams. 

The 2022 World Lacrosse Women’s Championship is being hosted by USA Lacrosse, Towson University and Goucher College, with support from the Maryland Sports Commission and Visit Baltimore, along with Gait Lacrosse, Game On, MedStar Health and STX. 

Tickets and more information are available at WomensWorldLax2022.com. 

The women’s championship will kick off a series of three major international lacrosse events in 2022. Immediately following the event in Towson, The World Games will take place in Birmingham, Alabama, where the shorter, faster World Lacrosse Sixes discipline will make its debut on the global stage from July 7-17. The men’s U21 championship will then take place in Limerick, Ireland, from August 10-20. Both the women’s championship and The World Games were originally scheduled for 2021, while the men’s event was slated for 2020 prior to postponement due to the pandemic. 

Photo Credit: Ady Kerry