Have you Checked out Liz Hogan’s (2Lacrosse Founder) blog for USLacrosse? If not, make sure you check it out TODAY! Article and link below:
Team USA’s Liz Hogan was a first-round pick of the Boston Storm in the inaugural United Women’s Lacrosse League (UWLX) draft. The league opens play this weekend at the US Lacrosse Women’s National Tournament at Lehigh University. She writes about the opportunity that the new pro league brings to women’s lacrosse.
Over the years, I have compiled a list of my favorite quotes. I think it all started my freshman year at Syracuse when my assistant coach, Maggie Koch (Georgetown ’07), would tell me one everyday – often times simple, short, and related to that day’s goal or practice plan. I absolutely loved them and would quickly put them in my Blackberry after practice. Since then, I have narrowed my list to 10 of my favorite and powerful statements. They are my “life steps.”
When I first heard about the United Women’s Lacrosse League (UWLX), I couldn’t help but think about how these 10 statements truly applied to what we, as a women’s lacrosse community, would do in starting the first ever semi-pro lacrosse league. It’s not everyday that you get to be a part of something so monumental in your sport – to have the opportunity to play more than just once a month, and to truly impact lives.
1. It’s always too early to decide it’s too late.
One of the best things about this league is that many of the greatest players that have played the game are coming out of the “woodwork.” While the U.S. Team boasts some of the best players in the world, there are only 36 players that get to represent the Red, White & Blue. This league gives opportunities to so many more players – from retired Hilary Bowen and former U.S. Team attacker Katrina Dowd to Team Canada’s Dana Dobbie and Team STX’s Kitty Cullen; fans will get to see the best of the best compete nearly every weekend this summer. How cool is that?
Players you thought may never play against each or alongside one another are going to suit up for some epic battles.
2. Be yourself. Everyone else is taken.
I’ve often strayed from the pack a little bit to be myself (i.e. football pants in college…time for a comeback?!), so something that I love about this league is that it provides yet another opportunity for players to showcase their different styles of play. With such a wide variety of backgrounds being played at a high level, you can be sure that players are going to unequivocally be themselves. That doesn’t mean there won’t be team concepts in play, but you’ll see true personalities come out, a wealth of joy and passion for the game, and endless attempts at things many people only get to witness in practices. I only hope it can inspire young players to push the boundaries and create their own style too.