DURHAM, N.C. – Former Blue Devil standouts Kerrin Maurer and Maura Schwitter were selected in the inaugural Women’s Professional Lacrosse League (WPLL) draft, as announced Wednesday evening by the league on Lax Sports Network.
Maurer was drafted by the Philadelphia Fire while Schwitter was selected by the Baltimore Brave.
One hundred total players were drafted to the WPLL’s five teams – the Brave, New England Command, New York Fight, Fire and Upstate Pride. The league’s inaugural season will kick off next summer, though several of the WPLL’s players will be in action during an exhibition weekend Sept. 30 at the US Lacrosse headquarters in Sparks, Md.
Each team will eventually feature rosters of 25 players, as a supplemental draft will take place following the 2018 NCAA season.
A 2015 graduate of Duke, Maurer remains the program’s career assist leader with 119 over her four seasons in Durham. She graduated as the program's second-leading point scorer (280) while also ranking among its all-time leaders in career goals (161) and draw controls (157). Maurer was a two-time All-America selection at attack, garnering first team recognition as a senior in 2015. She was also a three-time Tewaaraton Award nominee and All-South Region and All-ACC honoree.
Maurer recently represented Italy at the 2017 Federation of International Lacrosse World Cup in Guildford, England, guiding the team to an 11th-place showing in the Platinum Division. Maurer totaled an impressive 61 draw controls over the course of the tournament to go along with 21 goals, 20 assists and three caused turnovers. She twice collected Most Valuable Player accolades during pool play.
One of several former Blue Devils in the collegiate coaching ranks, Maurer joined the Princeton women’s lacrosse program earlier this summer as an assistant coach. She previously spent two seasons as an assistant at Mount St. Mary’s.
Schwitter graduated from Duke in May after being named an honorable mention All-America selection for the 2017 season by Inside Lacrosse. She also garnered All-South Region and All-ACC recognition this past spring after ranking among the league leaders in ground balls per game (2.44). Schwitter paced the Blue Devils in that category (39), as well as in caused turnovers (22) and ranked second on the squad in draw controls (50).
A native of Oradell, N.J., Schwitter surpassed the 100 draw control milestone for her career as a senior, making her one of just nine players in program history to total 100 career draw controls and 50 caused turnovers.
Schwitter was also a member of the 2017 U.S. women’s national team.