UWLX the newest chapter in Dana Dobbie’s distinguished career

As the Baltimore Ride prepare for their inaugural season in the ground-breaking UWLX, the squad shall consist of a proud international presence. Raised in Guelph, Ontario, Dobbie becomes the first Canadian ever drafted in UWLX history.

Having established herself as one of the finest competitors in the history of the Maryland Terrapins, Dobbie is also the most decorated player among those that have donned the Maple Leaf for the Canadian national women’s lacrosse team. Selected by the Ride with their eighth overall pick, she may prove to be the steal of the draft.

Joining Dobbie on the Ride are four other Terrapins alums including Katie Schwarzmann, the first pick overall in the draft, Alex Aust, Beth Glaros and Brooke Griffin. In addition, there is a highly familiar face in head coach Jen Adams.

Since 2007, their exemplary lacrosse careers have run parallel. A native of Australia, Adams made history as the first-ever female recipient of the Tewaaraton Trophy, and was on the Terrapins coaching staff when Dobbie transferred from Ohio University.

One year after graduating, Dobbie would join Adams on the coaching staff of the Baltimore-based Loyola Greyhounds. With Adams gaining her first head coaching opportunity, Dobbie would prove to be the perfect fit on her coaching staff. Since then, the results have spoken for themselves with back-to-back Big East postseason titles and consecutive Patriot League crowns. As a side note, the two are proprietors in Seven Lacrosse Training.

Appointed as the first head coach in Ride franchise history, Adams will definitely look to Dobbie to provide team leadership. As the Ride allows Dobbie and Adams to be on the same team for the third time in their careers, their lacrosse legacies should help positively shape the team culture, propelling the club into the conversation for the first-ever UWLX championship.

While Dobbie built a solid career in coaching, she has still proven to be a superstar on the field. Considering the perspective obtained from coaching, her acumen has translated into an even more proficient on-field vision, which benefits her teammates.
For the younger players on the Ride, Dobbie will definitely take on the personna of a playing coach.

As the cornerstone of the Canadian national team, Dobbie has appeared in the last two FIL Women’s World Cups (2009, 2013). At the 2013 edition of the World Cup, held on Canadian soil in Oshawa, Ontario, she would lead the national team to a silver medal, its best-ever finish in World Cup history.

Although the 2013 FIL World Cup did not have the same fanfare as the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup (of which Canada was the host country), it was still a landmark event in Canadian female sporting history. Undoubtedly, what Christine Sinclair means to women’s soccer in Canada, Dobbie holds that same impact for women’s lacrosse.

In the aftermath of Canada capturing the gold medal at the 2015 U18 Women’s World Championships, Dobbie showed a touch of class and published an open letter online praising the team’s historic efforts. Displaying a remarkable sincerity and gratitude, it was testament to Dobbie’s strong leadership, setting a positive example for those young players to emulate.

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