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Premier Lacrosse League Announces Rosters, Coaches for Japan Exhibition


LOS ANGELES – March 7, 2023 – The Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) powered by Ticketmaster today announced the U.S. men’s and women’s lacrosse players that will compete in exhibition matches against the Japan men’s national team and a specially selected team of Japanese women’s lacrosse players. Games will be held on March 12 at Fujitsu Stadium Kawasaki in Kanagawa, Japan, with clinics and skills challenges to be held on March 11 and 13.

Sixteen professional men’s players will represent team PLL, which will be coached by PLL president and co-founder, and retired professional lacrosse star, Paul Rabil. Team PLL will compete against the Japan men’s national team.

“It’s an honor to be here to showcase lacrosse, and a great pleasure to lead our All-Stars as they compete against Japan’s best,” said Paul Rabil, PLL Co-founder and President, now Head Coach of Team PLL. “Japan’s bronze-medal winning performance at the World Games was impressive. I’m looking forward to a competitive game, high-caliber skill, and a chance to build my coaching muscles.”

Additionally, 15 professional women’s players representing team Unleashed will compete against Cross Crosse All Stars, a specially selected team of Japanese women’s lacrosse players. Launched by the PLL in 2020, Unleashed is a media and event platform designed to support the growth and visibility of girls and women in the sport of lacrosse. 

“Competing internationally is always a privilege. I’m honored and excited to support Team Unleashed in our Japan exhibitions, and to share the game with youth players in the area,” said Rachael DeCecco, Vice President of Lacrosse Product for the PLL, and head coach for Team Unleashed. “I’m grateful to this roster for their commitment to growing the game – watching them compete, both in the Olympic Sixes and traditional field formats, will be a great show of our sport, make for exciting game-play, and inspire lacrosse fans globally.”

Team PLL Roster

  • CJ Costabile
  • Romar Dennis
  • Kyle Jackson
  • Jules Heningburg
  • Jack Kelly
  • Mark McNeill
  • Nakeie Montgomery
  • Jarrod Neumann
  • Andrew Newbold
  • Ryan Ambler
  • Rob Pannell
  • Sergio Perkovic
  • Kyle Pless
  • Jerry Ragonese
  • Michael Sowers
  • Jacob Stover

Team Unleashed Roster

  • Dempsey Arsenault
  • Lizzie Colson
  • Lauren Gilbert
  • Scottie Growney
  • Allison Mastroianni
  • Jamie Ortega
  • Mollie Stevens
  • Samantha Tracy
  • Emma Trenchard
  • Kayla Wood
  • Sydney Watson
  • Madison Doucette
  • Paulina Difatta
  • Sarah Cooper
  • Kelsey Huff

The event will also feature cultural exchanges among the teams, and skills competition like fastest shot and an accuracy challenge. Players from all four teams will also host clinics with local youth players on March 11 and 13.

The international exhibition comes as lacrosse continues its bid for Olympic inclusion in the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games. Games will be played in both the six-on-six format under consideration by the International Olympic Committee, and 10-on-10 field lacrosse format. The Premier Lacrosse League recently hosted its inaugural Championship Series showcasing the six-on-six format, with games broadcast across ESPN platforms. 

Fans interested in attending can purchase tickets here. Games will be broadcast on Gaora, with live updates available across PLL social media platforms. 

The Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) powered by Ticketmaster is a men’s professional lacrosse league in North America, composed of eight teams rostered by the best players in the world. Co-founded by lacrosse superstar, philanthropist, and investor Paul Rabil and his brother, serial entrepreneur and investor, Mike Rabil, the PLL is backed by an investment group composed of Joe Tsai Sports, The Chernin Group, Arctos Sports Partners, Brett Jefferson Holdings, The Raine Group, Creative Artists Agency (CAA), The Kraft Group, Bolt Capital and other top investors in sports and media. The PLL is distributed through an exclusive media rights agreement with ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN+. The PLL was named 2020 Sports Breakthrough by the Sports Business Journal, and recognized as a 2021 Best Employer in Sports by  Front Office Sports. For more on the league, visit and follow on social media: Instagram (@PLL), Twitter (@PremierLacrosse), Facebook (@PremierLacrosseLeague), YouTube ( and TikTok (@pll).

World Crosse is an annual tournament aimed to grow the game of lacrosse founded by professional player Sachiyo Yamada (Former World Lacrosse Board Member/Women’s rule sub-committee Chair). The tournament provides an opportunity for audiences of all ages to experience the greatness of lacrosse by showcasing the exhibition played by the top Japanese and American players. World Crosse broadcasts through GAORA SPORTS (Japanese TV and web Media) to give everyone in Japan the opportunity to watch the sport. Entering its third year, World Crosse works with local communities to promote international exchange and to grow the game with children unfamiliar with lacrosse.

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