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Lacrosse Magazine - December 2014 Issue

Every season, there are players that capture the attention and imagination of fans - some because they anchor championship teams, others because of amazing achievements and talent, still more for inspirational stories of how they got to be where they are at the top of the game.

But seldom is there a player which captures the world of lacrosse the way Lyle Thompson did in 2014. A once-in-a-generation talent, the University of Albany and Iroquois Nationals star also celibrates the games roots through his heritage and has made it clear that he hopes to serve as an ambassador of its growth for the rest of his life. 

Corey McLaughlin visited the Thompson family in New York for the feature story on the rising senior and his family, anchoring a look back at 2014 that includes our Stories of the Year and Best of Lacrosse nominations for the online fan vote, running through the end of November on


From the Editor - Proud Coach's Husband

by Matt DaSilva

As the husband of a woman who coaches both the University of Notre Dame of Maryland soccer and lacrosse teams after writing her name all over the school's record books, I'm intimately aware of the sacrifices and rewards that living the dual coach/mother life brings.

His Space - Meet the Women of Walla Walla

by Bill Tanton

Another western outpost for the game springs up in an unlikely place - Walla Walla, Washington, where Whitman College begins play under Maryland transplant Kate Robinson. The game has come a long way since I first picked up a stick in 1947.

Her Space - Coaches, Moms and Mentors

by Kate Hickman

Some of the top coaches in women's lacrosse - women like North Carolina's Jenny Levy, Penn State's Missy Doherty and Denver's Liza Kelly - balance team duties with the raising of their own families. It's a dual feat that deserves a ton of respect and an example for us all.


Stories of the Year

What will the lacrosse world remember about 2014? It was a year of record-breaking performances, goalies doing big things while wearing sweatpants, sophomore sensations at several levels, and the biggest FIL World Games to date. We examine these stories and more as we look forward to 2015.


What's an end of year issue without an end of year fan vote for their best and brightest? We picked our finalists, but who do you like across the nine categories ranging from Best Game to Best Men's and Women's player? Vote now at!

Person of the Year - Lyle Thompson

A once-in-a-generation talent, Lyle Thompson embraced the spotlight in 2014, putting togther arguably the best college season in history alongside two family members, earning All-World status with the Iroquois Nationals and sharing his heritage with the lacrosse world. Corey McLaughlin checks in with the Person of the Year for Lacrosse Magazine

Online Extra: Photo Gallery of Lyle Thompson's 2014 to Remember
Person of the Year Announcment 

Breaking Box

With US Lacrosse taking a greater stake in the indoor game (and the 2015 U.S. indoor team that will battle for gold at the world championships), it got us thinking... Who are the best current U.S.-born players with box lacrosse bona fides? We checked in with veteran NLL writer Paul Tutka for the answer. No. 20-16 | 15-11 | 10-6 | Top 5

Holiday Gift Guide

On the heels of our November guide, we check in on more great gift ideas for the lacrosse fan in your life.



Goalie Sarah Reznick can't wait to play at Florida - in 2019. The youngest known women's lacrosse player to verbally commit to a college is confident she made the right choice.


George Fox coach Natalie Harrington has another job - and name - as a children's book author where she strives to bring life off the page for her protagonist Griffin Dominic.

Sports Science and Safety

The next step in preventing ACL injuries may be a better understanding of dynamic stretching of the muscles adjacent to the knees, and USL is helping fund studies to better understand the process.

Your Edge

Bryant goalkeeper Gunnar Waldt, who was on track to be a college football player, shares his methods for playing big in the cage, while Louisville attacker Faye Brust explores how to burst into a 1-on-1 situation. As a bonus, Army's Alex Daly shares another tip left over from last month's 'Boot Camp' fitness section, stretching the hip flexor.

Give and Go

If you haven't eaten crocodile yet, don't fret - Radnor (Pa.) and U.S. U19 women's defender Hannah Proctor says it tastes just like chicken in this month's Q&A.

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