Inside the March 2018 Edition of US Lacrosse Magazine

Inside the March 2018 Edition of US Lacrosse Magazine

Digital Edition

Who thought we’d see the day when we’d see a major conference in the West sponsoring lacrosse? That day has arrived. The Pac-12 launches its inaugural women’s lacrosse season this month, and we dive into what it means for the sport.

Our March issue also features a special package on innovation in the sport, from coaching tools to cool apps to equipment to kid entrepreneurs to rules and beyond.

Also featured in the march issue – Yale superstar Ben Reeves, our preseason high school rankings, former Michigan-player-turned-governor-candidate Abdul El-Sayed, an update on the U.S. men’s training team, new U.S. U19 women’s coach Kelly Amonte Hiller and Give-and-Go with Chesapeake goalie Brian Phipps.

On the Cover

Stanford and USC, which combined to win 11 of 12 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation titles, headline the new Pac 12. Pictured are Stanford midfielder Mikaela Watson and USC goalie Gussie Johns. Johns helped Team USA to a pair of world championships this summer.

Letters

From the CEO
US Lacrosse president and CEO Steve Stenersen writes about the 20th anniversary of US Lacrosse, which formally launched in 1998 to help unify the sport.

From the Editor
US Lacrosse editor-in-chief Matt DaSilva also looks at an anniversary, the 40th anniversary of the magazine that has helped shape the sport since 1978.

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Innovation

The spirit of entrepreneurship remains at the core of the Creator’s game. These are the people and products pushing lacrosse into the future.

A Wearable Smorgasboard

GPS monitoring, digitized equipment, live performance apps — the internet of things has arrived in lacrosse.

The Warp

Warrior founder Dave Morrow, a former Princeton and Team USA star, believes the company’s latest stick offering will help grow the sport by making it easier to play.

Entrepreneurs

How’s a goalie going to get better with no one to shoot on him. How about by creating a virtual goalie trainer? That’s exactly what 14-year-old Cody Nelson did with his father in creating the Virtual Goalie app. Some of the other entrepreneurs we shine the light on are 15-year-old Maxx Stewart, who created Spyder Grypz, an improvement on traditional athletic tape; and Krista Woods, a mom who was tired of smelling her kids smelly equipment and created Glovestix, a bacteria-killing deodorizer for apparel and equipment that has since taken her to the NBC Today Show’s “Next Big Thing” and ABC’s Shark Tank.

Coaching the Brain

We take a deep dive into the scientific approach to learning that is shaping athlete development in the 21st century

Expanding the Game Through Equipment

PennAir engineer Mike Johnson posed a challenge to some interns at his company and it has since turned into a passion. His work has helped develop automated sticks that help players with physical challenges like cerebal palsy get more enjoyment from the game.

Epoch’s First Women’s Stick

Emily Plahn, a 27-year-old engineer who played club lacrosse at the University of Minnesota, is part of the team at Epoch Lacrosse that designed the company’s first stick for female players.

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Fuel

Grizzlies in Mexico
By Matt Hamilton

The University of Montana club team helps spread the game in Mexico. 

The World Comes to Israel
By Brian Logue

The Israel Lacrosse Association has high hopes for this summer’s world championship. 

More Than a Club
By Matt DaSilva

Started in 2007, NXT has grown into a force for change in the youth lacrosse landscape. 

Alternative Movement
By Amanda Trendell, Trilogy Lacrosse

Lifestyle sports offer useful outlets for lacrosse players. 

Rising Above Racism
By Matt Hamilton

Abdul El-Sayed, a former Michigan club player, could become the first Muslim governor in U.S. history.

Featured

The Brilliance of Ben Reeves
By Jonathan Sigal

With brains, brawn and an insatiable work ethic, two-time Tewaaraton finalist Ben Reeves looks to secure his place in Yale history.

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USA Insider

No Stone Unturned
By Brian Logue

Traditional field players rose to the challenge for the U.S. indoor team during a LaxCon exhibition.

Kelly’s Calling
By Brian Logue

New U.S. women’s U19 coach Kelly Amonte Hiller recalls anguish of 2005 World Cup, a feeling rekindled in 2015.

How To: Sarah Bullard
By Megan Schneider

Four-time U.S. gold medalist Sarah Bullard shows how to finish in a sliver of space.

Give & Go

Brian Phipps
Interview by Matt Hamilton

Chesapeake Bayhawks goalie Brian Phipps doubles as a high school coach and social science teacher.

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The Pac-12 makes its debut in 2018, and see the latest innovations in lacrosse.
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The Pac-12 makes its debut as a women's lacrosse conference in 2018. Stanford and USC won 11 of the 12 MPSF titles contested.
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Yale's Ben Reeves, a two-time Tewaaraton finalist, headlines a stellar group of Ivy League attackmen.