Lacrosse League Taps Coach Magarity
Colleen Magarity has an extra spring in her step today.
Magarity, the first-year head coach of Penn Charter's girls lacrosse team, last night became part of history.
The four-team United Women's Lacrosse League, which will debut this summer, held its first draft and Magarity, formerly a star midfielder for Northwestern ('11), was picked by the Boston Storm. The other teams: Philadelphia Force, Baltimore Ride and Long Island Sound.
"I am honored to be drafted in the first 40 out of such a talented pool of girls," Magarity said.
Penn Charter fans should not worry. Magarity, shown here at a recent practice, is not giving up her PC coaching work to move to Boston. The new league will be active in the summer and all games/practices are on weekends, coordinanted with summer club lacrosse tournaments.
Magarity, who played her high school ball at Germantown Academy, knows a lot of the coaches and general managers of the new league's teams, and said that they'd encouraged her to submit her name for the draft.
"I was not initially going to because I have not played as much as I used to!" she said with a smile. "I fortunately am surrounded by the game every day with my job, so that helps, but I definitely need to start getting back into game shape!
"There are a lot of my old teammates and those I played against playing, so it will be fun to get back on the field with them. Overall, this is great to help grow the game and it will be exciting to watch as there are a lot of rule changes: two-point shot, shot clock, six vs. six in the zone instead of seven vs. seven, no stopping on the whistle . . . It will be a very fast-paced game and fun to watch."
Magarity played four years of lacrosse at Northwestern. Those teams won 85 of 90 games and captured three NCAA championships.
Among her numerous honors, three times she was an Academic All-Big Ten selection.
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