Detroit Lacrosse Earns IWLCA Community Service Award

GRAND LAKE, Colo. (11/26/2013) University of Detroit Mercy was recognized for its work off the field as the team earned the 2013 Division I IWLCA (Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association) Team Community Awareness Award.

The UDM coaching staff with third year head coach Laura Maness and newly appointed assistant coach Jake Marmul accepted the award as part of the Honors Banquet Dinner at the annual IWLCA Annual Meetings. This year's meetings were on Nov. 20-22, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

"It is important for our team to realize that others may not have the same opportunities as we do and that helping others is a worthy cause," said Maness. "Our girls understand that and put forth the time and effort off the field and it's a great thing for them individually and it provides help to people who can really benefit from it."

Detroit assisted the community in various ways over the 2012-13 year donating time at Gleaners Community Food Bank in Detroit, working at the local campus kitchen, participating in bell ringing for the Salvation Army, and collecting shampoo and conditioner from hotels as part of the "Soap for Hope" program. Team members also participated in helping with the SAAC sandwich bus and were also involved in National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Sat. Feb. 9, 2013.

The 2014 women's lacrosse season will officially begin on February 7 as UDM will play at Ohio State in Columbus.


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