Inside the New USA Lacrosse Magazine


Forty-three years ago, this magazine debuted as the first feature publication devoted exclusively to lacrosse. The periodical was produced by the Lacrosse Foundation, which 20 years later was one of eight organizations that merged to form what was then US Lacrosse and is now USA Lacrosse.

These walls in Sparks, Maryland — and these pages in your hands — possess an institutional memory of the sport unlike anything you’ll find in the lacrosse world. There’s a new logo on the facade and a new masthead on the cover. But rebranding in some ways has resulted in us reinforcing who we are as a national governing body that unites the lacrosse community and as a magazine that since 1978 has inspired generations of lacrosse families to love this great game and leave it better for the next.

New Masthead

The USA Lacrosse horizontal wordmark is outlined by a thin stroke, opening up to accommodate the word “Magazine” and also to symbolize a welcoming and inclusive approach to growing the sport. Underneath are three stars representing three core attributes: trusted, inclusive and inspiring.

The Open

We’ve reconfigured the front of book to be more focused on you, our members — not only demonstrating how your investment helps us to grow the game but also celebrating your lacrosse journeys, even if you’ve just started.

Game Ready

According to a 2020 survey of our members, nearly 75 percent of you said you read the magazine “to become a better coach, parent, player and official.” We’re here to help you do that. This new section will feature tips and tricks, gear reviews, recruiting advice, health and fitness contents and the latest in lacrosse tech.

Free Play

The tag line says it all: “Just for the fun of it.” The heart and soul of our sport are the kids who play it for that purest purpose. We’ve revamped the back of the book to provide contents and activities tailored to youth and high school players — with everything from rookie reporters to comic book heroes.

USALaxMagazine.com

Because we know you rely on us for the latest news, trends and information about the sport, we’re also redesigning our website and examining how to organize our digital ecosystem (including @USALacrosseMag on social media) in a way that provides maximum value to our members.

We grow together. Thank you for your support. 

— Matt DaSilva, Editor in Chief

This article appears in the May/June edition of USA Lacrosse Magazine. Join our momentum.


These walls in Sparks, Maryland — and these pages in your hands — possess an institutional memory of the sport unlike anything you’ll find in the lacrosse world.


The Open
May/June 2021

On the Cover
We Are USA Lacrosse

US Lacrosse is now USA Lacrosse. What that means, why we rebranded and what our members can expect.
Photos by Mike Morgan

From the CEO
Life is a Team Sport

It’s been a great run, but it’s time, writes USA Lacrosse CEO Steve Stenersen, who will step down from his post this year after nearly four decades with the organization.
By Steve Stenersen

My Lacrosse Life
A Star in Stripes

A three-time NCAA championship winning goalie at Syracuse, Matt Palumb has carved out a similarly impressive career as an official over the last 30 years.
By Nelson Rice

Game Ready
May/June 2021

Nothing But an SNG Thing
How Notre Dame’s duo adapted to the new NCAA faceoff rules

Switching from knee-down moto to SNG? Kyle Gallagher and Charlie Leonard give their advice.
By Matt DaSilva

Gator Aids
How Cara Trombetta stays out of foul trouble

Florida defender Cara Trombetta has learned you don’t need to live and die by the sword. Here are five ways to avoid getting sent four yards behind.
By Matt DaSilva

The Wait is Over
Gait brothers launch new men’s lacrosse head, the GC3

The resurgence of the Gait Lacrosse brand in 2019 brough great success on the women’s side of equipment production. Since then, the pressure has been on Gait Lacrosse to build upon its men’s line. Coming Memorial Day weekend: the GC3.
By Gait Lacrosse

The Perfect Practice Plan
Jessica Lowrance delivers all the details

Jessica Lowrance is an NCAA women’s lacrosse official, an accomplished youth and high school club coach and the vice president of postal policy at UPS. She’s a planner. At the virtual LaxCon in January, she shared a seven-part, 90-minute practice plan as a template for your season.
By Nelson Rice

Tips from the C-Suite
5 keys to officiating box lacrosse, with NLL crew chief Ian Garrison

In eight years, Ian Garrison has climbed the ranks of his profession to become one of the best officials in the National Lacrosse League in its highest position: crew chief. He broke down the basics for reffing the indoor game.
By Nelson Rice

Jon Torpey’s Message to Parents
Parental guidance from the High Point men’s lacrosse coach

Be happy that your children are healthy and active, make sure they are around people who care about their growth more than winning and make sure they have fun.
By Jon Torpey








Features
May/June 2021

All Aboard the Scane Train
Northwestern’s Izzy Scane

Scoring at a record pace, Izzy Scane has emerged as a front-runner in the Tewaaraton race — rewarding a family who could never watch TV in peace.
By Ella Brockway

A Young Goalie’s Promise
Locally Grown: New England

How Bridgeport Youth Lacrosse positioned Dalond Bidonne for success on and off the field
By Matt Hamilton

Martinsburg Lacrosse 2.0
Locally Grown: Northeast

The nation's fastest-growing sport returns to West Virginia's fastest-growing town.
By Mark Macyk

The Spirit of the Game
Locally Grown: North Atlantic

The JGLA's Jersey Jamboree represents everything that's good about rec lacrosse and the late Laura McCarthy.
By Justin Feil

The Fun in Fundamentals
Locally Grown: Mid-Atlantic

How Flex 6 Lacrosse helped grow the game in Virginia during the pandemic.
By Nelson Rice

Exceeding Expectations
Locally Grown: Southeast

How a suburban Atlanta community embraced lacrosse as a pandemic outlet.
By Paul Ohanian

Something Special Brewing in Milwaukee
Locally Grown: Midwest

Marquette men's lacrosse team partners with Eagles wheelchair team, upstart MKE LAX to get players out in the community.
By Matt Hamilton

'It's Never Too Early to Start Giving Back'
Locally Grown: Southwest

Texas Junior Board Program provides servant leadership training for the state's lacrosse athletes.
By Samantha Croston

'The Best Game on Earth'
Locally Grown: Mountain

Kingfisher Lacrosse hooks kids in the Iowa City-Cedar Rapids corridor.
By Mark Macyk

Wildcat Formation
Locally Grown: Pacific Northwest

How Lake Oswego product Lauren Gilbert hopes to help pave the way for the future stars out of Oregon.
By Ella Brockway

Aloha, Lacrosse
Locally Grown: Pacific Southwest

AYLA hopes to recapture pre-pandemic momentum for the sport in Hawaii.
By Samatha Croston

Spoiler Alert
NCAA 50th anniversary

The top 10 upsets in the NCAA tournament's 50-year history.
By Patrick Stevens

True to the Core
PLL preview

Building the Cannons Lacrosse Club.
By Nelson Rice

Unassuming Superstar
U.S. women's national team tryouts

A two-time Tewaaraton winner and Team USA veteran, Katie Haus relishes the unglamorous work between the lines.
By Kenny DeJohn




PHOTO BY JOHN STROHSACKER

The May/June edition of USA Lacrosse Magazine features Ella Brockway's profile of Northwestern sensation Izzy Scane.


FREE PLAY
May/June 2021

Take Me Back
Let's Do Lunch

PLL pro Mikie Schlosser gets grilled by an eighth-grader.
By Jamie MacDonald

Puzzles and Games
NCAA Championships

NCAA championship-themed word play, word search and eyewear maze.
By Matt Hamilton and Alyssa March

Hero Ball
That's Speed Boi

The origin story of Speed Boi, a comic-book hero inspired by Trevor Baptiste.
By Matt Hamilton and Alyssa March

Ground Balls/Lax Out Loud
Numbers and Quotes

Jared Nelson's historic pace, the Schneidereith quadruplets and Notre Dame bringing sexy back.
By USA Lacrosse Magazine Staff

Trending
USALaxMagazine.com and Social Media

AED saves a Don, goalie goals, jersey number inspirations and melt-your-heart adoption stories.
By USA Lacrosse Magazine Staff

Give & Go
Sydney Watson

Winnie the Pooh and ice cream soup for UConn's forever child at heart.
By Matt DaSilva