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NCL Announces Women's Division with Stephy Samaras as Commissioner

February 27, 2024
Press Release

In a historic move that’s set to redefine the landscape of collegiate sports, the Next Collegiate League (NCL) is proud to announce the inception of its women’s division, launching in the league’s thrilling third season. This isn’t just another addition to the league; it’s a monumental step towards inclusivity, excellence, and the much-anticipated Olympic dreams of countless athletes.


It’s with immense pride and excitement that we welcome a towering figure in lacrosse to shepherd this groundbreaking journey: Chesapeake Chapter Hall of Famer, Stephy Samaras. Taking on the role of commissioner, Stephy isn’t just a celebrated athlete; she’s a beacon of inspiration, a testament to excellence in lacrosse, and now, the guiding force behind the NCL’s women’s division.

Stephy’s journey from the lacrosse fields of Annapolis High School to the prestigious position of a two-time All-American Defender for the University of Virginia is nothing short of legendary. Her extensive coaching career, spanning from Yale to Quinnipiac and Richmond, coupled with her invaluable experience as a Team USA Lacrosse player, sets the stage for an unparalleled leadership experience in our new women’s division. 


“The addition of women’s teams to the NCL marks a pivotal moment in the history of women’s sports," expresses Liam Banks, Director of Field Sports at NLSE (Next Level Sports & Entertainment). "Under Stephy’s leadership, we’re not just participating in the sport; we’re setting the stage for Olympic aspirants and showcasing the incredible talent of collegiate athletes on a global platform.”

This expansion is a direct response to the burgeoning interest and undeniable growth of women’s sports nationwide. It’s a commitment from the NCL to provide more athletes with the opportunity to shine, not just on the national stage, but potentially at the 2028 Olympic Games.


The excitement doesn’t stop at the announcement. Fans, new and old, are invited to witness this historic movement in lacrosse firsthand. Whether it’s feeling the pulse of the game at the iconic USA Lacrosse facility, tuning in to live coverage on our network, or catching every moment on our new streaming platform, NLSE+, the NCL is ready to make history, starting March 30, 2024.

The journey ahead is filled with promise, challenges, and the undeniable spirit of competition. As we embark on this new era, we stand together, ready to witness the rise of women’s lacrosse under the banner of the NCL. Join us in celebrating this remarkable milestone, as we look forward to the unparalleled athleticism, fierce competition, and the inspiring stories that will undoubtedly unfold in the 2024 season and beyond.