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Devon Wills 06 Becomes First Woman to Sign on With MLL Team

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By Beverly Schaefer

HANOVER, N.H. – Former Dartmouth All-American and two-time Women’s World Cup gold medalist Devon Wills ’06 has been claimed by the New York Lizards of Major League Lacrosse (MLL), becoming the first woman in league history to sign on with a team.

The MLL, considered the world’s premier outdoor lacrosse league, held its supplemental draft last week. Although Wills, a goalkeeper, was not selected, she was claimed off the Player Pool Monday afternoon by the Lizards.

Wills currently serves as an assistant coach at the University of South California, working as the team’s defensive coordinator. Prior to her time with the Trojans, she was an assistant at Denver as well as Dartmouth (2007-08), serving in similar roles with each.

Fresh off leading the US to its second straight FIL World Cup this summer in Oshawa, Ontario, Wills will now have an opportunity to compete for a roster spot this April when the Lizards’ training camp begins.

A three-time All-American and Ivy League First Team player, Wills has a wealth of big-game experience, including leading the Big Green to the Final Four in 2005 and 2006 as well as winning gold at the World Cup in 2009 and 2013. In her first World Cup, Wills was named the Player of the Match in the championship game, helping the US beat Australia while making eight saves along the way.

The MLL will be in its 14th season of play in 2014, having never had a female player reach the level Wills has now attained.