March 11, 2019 – Roswell High School (RHS) and the Roswell Youth Lacrosse Association (RYLA) celebrated girls’ lacrosse on Tuesday, March 5 at Roswell High School’s Ray Manus Stadium during the JV and Varsity games against Cambridge High School. Recognition of RYLA players ages eight to thirteen was held between the games at this Annual Roswell Girls Lacrosse Youth Night.
RHS Girls Lacrosse Community Coach Brooke Magnuson is an All-American, team captain and Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) champion lacrosse player. She is also Girls’ Director of the RYLA. She was hired to create a consistent, top-tier program for girls’ lacrosse in Roswell.
“I am so thankful to RHS Principal Dr. Shaw, Coach Lawrence, RYLA and our incredible lacrosse community for giving me the opportunity to coach these amazing young women in the city of Roswell,” Magnuson said. “The long-standing tradition and love for this sport at Roswell High School is something I admire, and I am honored to be a part of the Roswell Girls Lacrosse program.”
The head coach of the RHS Girls Lacrosse team is Molly Bethune.
RYLA is having a record-breaking year, with more than 150 participants in its program. This follows national trends, where lacrosse is growing across the country. According to a recent survey by the National Federation of State High School Associations:
- Girls’ lacrosse is the fastest-growing sport at the high school level
- Lacrosse is among the ten most popular girls’ sports
- More high schools have added lacrosse programs than any other sport every year for the past six years
- More than 20 percent of high school athletic directors planned to add girls’ lacrosse as a sport last year
Magnuson’s impressive lacrosse career started at Broadneck High School in Maryland, where the All-American athlete led her team to the school’s first state championship, making her the number one college recruit in the country. Magnuson still holds the record in career points (308) and attackman goals (186) at Broadneck High School, a long-standing state championship program. A four-year full athletic scholarship starter, Magnuson led her Maryland Terrapins Women’s Lacrosse Team to the ACC Championship and four Division 1 NCAA tournaments. Magnuson coached the Division 1 Jacksonville University Women’s Lacrosse program. She is now owner and director of Power Finesse Lacrosse, a camp and clinic 100% teaching model, serving the entire Atlanta area.
Magnuson believes in dedication to family, both her own, which includes three young children, as well as the Roswell lacrosse family.
“It’s not so much about winning and losing as it is about caring for one another and being the strongest team possible,” she explained. “My goal is to strengthen the entire girls’ lacrosse family from beginning players, at age seven or eight, through those who commit to play at the college level.”
Besides Bethune and Magnuson, the RHS Girls’ Lacrosse coaching staff includes those who have varying backgrounds of playing and coaching lacrosse, collegiately to professionally.
- Coach Travis Carr has coached lacrosse, wrestling and other sports at RHS for many years. He brings a great wealth of knowledge to the defensive unit.
- Coach Stephanie DeSmit, All-American and team captain at Messiah University, and also played lacrosse professionally for the Baltimore Ride. She previously coached Division 3 lacrosse at Christopher Newport University.
- Coach Sarah Towner played lacrosse at Blessed Trinity High School in Roswell and has coached at RHS for many years. She is a great teacher of the game and provides insights for the attack.
- JV Coach Alex Diaz has coached lacrosse for decades in both New Jersey and Georgia.
- JV Coach April Ortiz is a former high school lacrosse player and coach, who also brings extensive leadership training for young women.
“I feel confident that our superior staff will help lead our players to incredible successes on and off the field,” Magnuson concluded. “I am blessed to stand by their sides every day and, together, we have the privilege of coaching these terrific young women.”
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