DOVER, Del. – Former Wesley College women's lacrosse player Laura (MacDougall) Jennings '03, M'05 was inducted into the Northern California chapter of the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame Class of 2017.
"I am thrilled that Laura is getting recognition for her passion to the game," said head coach Jillian Lontz. "She was not only a trailblazer for the Wesley women's lacrosse team but also for the local Dover community. Laura is still very involved in our program even being across the country, so I am not surprised at all that other organizations would value her contributions to the growth of women's lacrosse as much as we have."
A Wesley College Athletic Hall of Famer, Jennings was a three-time All-Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC) honoree, including being named to the All-PAC First Team in 2002. She was also named an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) South All-Star Second Team member in 2002. The women's lacrosse team made the PAC Championship Tournament in 2002 and 2003 during her playing career and was recognized as Wesley's Female Athlete of the Year in 2003.
At the time of graduation, Jennings was Wesley's all-time points, goals and caused turnover leader. She currently ranks second in career goals (145), fourth in points (160) and eighth in caused turnovers (53). In Wesley's win against Immaculata on April 20, 2002, she set the single-game scoring record with nine goals against the Mighty Macs.
In 2003, Jennings was recognized by the State of Delaware House of Representatives for her contributions to the sport of lacrosse in Delaware.
After graduating from Wesley with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and a Master of Education degree, Jennings continued to mentor young athletes in the game of lacrosse. She became a member of the Northern California (NorCal) Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse Board of Directors shortly after moving to California in 2012. Jennings coordinated the 2015 NorCal Lacrosse Convention and continues to coordinate player and coaches' clinics in NorCal.
Jennings is also the Northern California Junior Lacrosse (NCJLA) representative and is a trainer and co-chair of the Umpire Committee for the NorCal U.S. Lacrosse chapter.
"It never was a dream to be inducted into a Hall of Fame as a champion of the game," stated Jennings. "This all came about because when I look back on my playing and coaching career I see the people who stepped up to fill a need or the kids' lives that I helped for the better. To this day, I am grateful for the lessons and the opportunity to develop my own personal identity through lacrosse. All these activities that I have done are for one purpose so that others (players, coaches and referees) can develop their personal identity or their unique skill sets. I am incredibly thankful to the people that saw my potential or skill sets and allowed me to use them to be a champion of the game."
The ceremony is held on a bi-annual basis and will be combined with the Class of 2018.