2Lacrosse Owner discusses growing the game in this article of local newspaper:
Posted Jun. 14, 2016 at 11:56 AM
When Liz Hogan was a junior high student at Victor, she caught the lacrosse bug and wanted to badly to play on the modified team.
The problem? Victor didn’t have a modified girls lacrosse team. So Hogan turned that problem into an opportunity and decided to play on the boys team until she got to high school.
Flash forward to the present day, and the 2007 Victor graduate has plenty of teams which she can play on.
Now a member of the Boston Storm in the newly-formed United Women’s Lacrosse League and a member of the U.S. women’s national team, Hogan is getting plenty of opportunities to play the game she she loves.
“The most rewarding part of being able to play lacrosse professionally is to ability to grow girls lacrosse,” Hogan said. “You don’t get too big of a paycheck playing professionally, so the league is really a grassroots movement to grow girls lacrosse across the country.”
Hogan’s lacrosse career began on the boys team, and indirectly, her career as a goalie began there too. When she first played for the boys team at Victor, Hogan was originally slotted to play defense.
This proved to be a problem for Hogan as she realized that there were defensemen coming up through the system that would take some of her playing time. Due to this, some of Hogan’s coaches told her that she might find more playing time at another position, so Hogan chose to move from defense to goalie.
The decision was a blessing for Hogan as moved to a position that would bring her great success in high school, college, and beyond. Hogan eventually became the starting goaltender at Victor and after that, the starting goaltender for the Syracuse University women’s team.
While at Syracuse, Hogan played for and gained advice from lacrosse legend Gary Gait, knowledge that she carries with her through her post-collegiate career. With the Orange, she was a four-time all-Big East selection.
Following her graduation from Syracuse, Hogan elected to get into college coaching. She was an assistant coach at various schools around the country, including stops at Colgate, Virginia Tech and, most recently, at Stanford.
During the same time that Hogan was an assistant coach, she was also chosen to the U.S. women’s national team in 2012. Hogan is a member of the training team, which is a total of 48 players that is cut down to 24 for major competitions, like the Lacrosse World Cup.
“Being on the national team is a really good experience for me,” Hogan said. “Being able to play with the best of the best makes me better, and makes me want to work harder to be a better player.”
In late 2014, Hogan left coaching at Stanford to take an attempt to join a professional lacrosse league that started with the help of STX, a producer of lacrosse equipment that sponsors Hogan.
The United Women’s Lacrosse League, with teams in Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Long Island, had its first draft in April and Hogan was the No. 4 overall pick by the Boston Storm. The league, which also includes area players Taryn VanThof of Livonia and Hilary Bowen and Danielle Spencer of Brighton, started play in late May and each team will play an eight-game schedule before wrapping up in mid-July.
Hogan has a unique situation for her UWLX team in Boston because she lives in California. But she’s not the only out-of-town player, which means the team only practices a couple days before the team’s scheduled game.
It’s not having much of an effect on the Storm, which is off to a 2-0 start with Hogan in goal after a weekend win over Baltimore. UWLX games can be seen on YouTube.
Hogan is involved with many other activities outside of playing with the Storm. She is a director of marketing for a local Bay Area business, and helps train other goalies across the country. Through her connections with STX and the U.S. national team, she started an on-line goalie training program, which has Hogan communicating with other goalies primarily from New York and Georgia over Skype.
Hogan will be busy throughout the summer as she splits her time between the UWLX, the U.S. national team, training other goalies, and being a director of marketing for a company.
Looking back, Hogan said that she has certainly come a long way from playing on the modified boys lacrosse team at Victor.