PAINESVILLE, OHIO – When the Lake Erie College women's lacrosse team hosts Queens College (N.Y.) at Perry High School's Alumni Stadium on Saturday afternoon, March 27, it will mark the program's first game both at home and against an East Coast Conference opponent. The game will also launch both schools' participation in the “Lax4Life” program.
Lax4Life brings together teams from across NCAA Division II women's lacrosse to show support and raise awareness for suicide prevention. The teams and coaching staffs will wear special Lax4Life t-shirts during warm-ups and pose for a group photo prior to the game.
Admission to the game is free, but donations will be accepted throughout the game to benefit the cause and its official charity, the Allyson Rose Green Memorial Foundation. The Storm will also be selling $1 suicide prevention yellow-ribbon cards.
“Obviously we are very excited about hosting our first home game, as well as our ECC opener, but we are also happy to be able to help promote the Lax4Life campaign and the Allyson Rose Green Foundation,” said Storm head coach Laura Maness, whose team has won two straight games heading into this weekend. “Hopefully we are able to increase awareness about suicide prevention and do our best to help save lives.”
The Lax4Life campaign was started by several Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference schools last year. The program was spearheaded by the Lock Haven University team after the suicide of one of the player's boyfriend. The Eagles rallied around the cause and surprisingly won the PSAC conference crown and advanced to the national championship game.
This year, the campaign has gone nationwide to all Division II lacrosse programs through the support and efforts of PSAC coaches. The fundraising initiative had already raised nearly $20,000 for the Allyson Rose Green Foundation through early March.
The Allyson Rose Green Memorial Foundation was established in 2006 after the death of Allyson Rose Green, a 15-year-old high school lacrosse player and sister of former West Chester University women's lacrosse player Mary Beth Green. Her parents created the foundation to encourage and support research and awareness, specifically in secondary schools, to assist in the prevention of adolescent and young-adult suicide. In 2009, the Foundation distributed its first grant to a teen screening program by Cornell University.
Prior to the start of 2010, over $50,000 has been raised by the Foundation.
Game time between the Storm (2-1, 0-0 ECC) and Knights (1-4, 0-0 ECC) is set for noon. In addition to the Lax4Life pregame events, there will be additional photo opportunities following the game.
Additional Links and Resources
- Lax Magazine Lax4Life Feature article: “D-II Teams Unite in Cause”
- Directions to Perry High School and Alumni Stadium
- The Allyson Rose Green Memorial Foundation
- The East Coast Conference: ECCSports.org