Lacrosse Community Loses Two Greats
In a span of three days, the lacrosse world lost two of its most treasured contributors.
Nolan Rogers, a National Lacrosse Hall of Famer, died May 2 of complications from cancer. He was 82.
Carole Wakefield, a longtime women's editor for Lacrosse Magazine and US Lacrosse Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter Hall of Famer, died May 5 after becoming ill in recent years. She was 88.
Rogers was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1997 as "an individual who has demonstrated long, dedicated and exceptional service to the game." A defenseman for Duke from 1951 to 1953, Rogers was named a third-team All-American in 1953. He also played for the South in the 1953 North/South College All-Star game.
Rogers also was inducted into the Maryland Lacrosse Club Hall of Fame in 1986, received the Howard E. Johnson Memorial Trophy in 1989 and earned the Howdy Myers Man of the Year Award in 1991. He was inducted into the Greater Baltimore Lacrosse Foundation Chapter Hall of Fame in 1997.
Rogers was president of the former Lacrosse Foundation (a predecessor to US Lacrosse), and a U.S. delegate to the International Lacrosse Federation. He was the general manager for the U.S. team in 1990, 1994 and 1998. Rogers has traveled throughout Europe and Asia to promote the growth of lacrosse.
"Nolan had a mind like a steel trap and could recall historical facts and deliver them with a sense of humor," Steve Stenersen, the CEO of US Lacrosse and Rogers' close friend, told The Baltimore Sun.
Wakefield was instrumental in publicizing and promoting lacrosse across the country and abroad. She was the women's editor for Lacrosse Magazine for 12 years. Her in-depth coverage of women's lacrosse spanned numerous NCAA championships and IFWLA World Cups. Wakefield also served on the IFWLA U19 World Championship Committee for the inaugural tournament in 1995.
For 10 years, Wakefield was a fixture at the Vail Shootout as a scorer, timer and writer. She received the Vail Tournament Service Award in 1997. In 2000, The Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of US Lacrosse established the Carole Wakefield Award presented to a journalist who has made an outstanding contribution to women's lacrosse in Pennsylvania.
"Carole Wakefield left an indelible mark on the sport of lacrosse," Duke coach Kerstin Kimel told Main Line Media News. "As one of the original beat writers for the sport, Carole was present and covering every major lacrosse event that I can remember being part of."