January 31, 2014

From the Editor: Women's Game Has Momentum

by Matt DaSilva | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter

This column appears in the February 2014 issue of Lacrosse Magazine. Join US Lacrosse today to start your subscription!

For the first time in seven years, the too-often sparse press boxes at women's lacrosse games nationwide will not have a seat for Clare Lochary.

An assistant editor and writer for Lacrosse Magazine since December 2006 and a popular columnist since 2009, Lochary in December accepted a position writing for a mobile advertising firm in Baltimore.

And while Lochary's column in this month's edition ("My Post-Lacrosse Life") may read like a farewell letter, we hope it's not. Her unique storytelling talents have woven her into the fabric of the lacrosse community. Lochary ventured bravely into the sometimes-contentious world of women's lacrosse with sharp opinions, refreshing insights and an inspirational voice. She developed a following in the women's game, covering multiple World Cups and NCAA championships and profiling the game's biggest stars and personalities. She also had a keen eye for offbeat stories and always kept the US Lacrosse mission in mind.

In 2010, Lacrosse Magazine won the IWLCA President's Cup media award largely because of Lochary's effort to look under the hood at important issues and trends in the women's game. Despite her departure, we remain committed to providing the best, most in-depth coverage of this growing community.

Did anyone else notice that while we hemmed and hawed over declining attendance at the NCAA men's championship weekend in Philadelphia last May, more than 9,000 fans turned out for the epic Maryland-North Carolina women's final at nearby Villanova? Or that three months later, Steele Stanwick, one of the men's game's brightest offensive minds as a player — who probably could have had his pick of entry-level assistant coaching jobs at the college level — has started his career on the sideline with Janine Tucker and the Johns Hopkins women's team?

In an interview with Lochary for this college preview edition, North Carolina coach Jenny Levy said the 2013 NCAA final provided a fast and fan-friendly template for what women's lacrosse should look like in the future. Even her adversary, Maryland coach Cathy Reese, acknowledged it was good for the game. That's what's great about these college coaches — they genuinely care about the game beyond their own interests.

They'll always have an outlet here at Lacrosse Magazine. Clare Lochary helped us see to that.


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