SPARKS, Md. – It was another successful professional season for Brittany Read as the Denver Pioneers women’s lacrosse assistant coach finished fifth on the individual leaderboard in the Athletes Unlimited 2023 campaign that wrapped up over the weekend.
Read, a goalkeeper, recorded 1254 points while seeing action in all 12 games during the four-week season that ran from July 20 to Aug. 13. She finished third among all goalies and was just 47 points behind defender Abby Bosco in fourth place (1301 points).
Goalkeeper Taylor Moreno repeated as this year’s champion with 1679 points.
Read finished with 109 saves and a 0.550 save percentage, Both of which were the second-highest among the main keepers behind Moreno’s 140 saves and .630 save percentage.
The Gibbsboro, New Jersey, native was among the players at the top of the leaderboard throughout the season and served as a team captain for the first two weeks of the season. In the second game of the year on July 22, Read had one of her strongest performances of the year by making a season-best 14 saves and earning 228 points while captaining her team to a 14-8 win over Team Apuzzo.
Her best game in terms of save percentage was on Aug. 5 as she stopped 13-of-19 shots (.684) while with Team Bosco in a 7-6 victory against Team Moreno.
Overall, Read recorded double-digit saves on four occasions, as she stopped 12 shots on July 27 while leading her own team in an 8-7 loss vs. Team Apuzzo and finished the season strong with 10 saves on Sunday, Aug. 13—helping Team Apuzzo beat Team Moreno 11-5 and earning 180 individual points.
Read has participated in all three seasons of Athletes Unlimited professional women’s lacrosse and finished fourth on the leaderboard in 2022.
Players earn and lose individual points in AU based on offensive and defensive statistics, wins and losses and game awards. Players with the top four points from the previous week get to captain and draft their respective teams on Monday for the following week’s games.
Athletes Unlimited Lacrosse features 56 of some of the best women’s lacrosse professional players in the world, playing short-form, fast-paced game consisting of 10-minute quarters. The game is played 10-on-10 on a 90-by-60-yard field and with a 60-second shot clock. All contests were played at USA Lacrosse Headquarters in Sparks, Maryland.
Read completed her fifth season as an assistant coach on Liza Kelly’s staff at DU in 2023, primarily working with the goalies and helping with defensive strategies en route to the Pioneers’ program-record 22-1 campaign.
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