International Women's Day 2022: Celebrating Canadian Female Lacrosse History

Mar. 08, 2022

Women’s History Month, celebrated annually in March, is dedicated to celebrating, commemorating, and educating others on the integral role of women in history.


We will be highlighting stories of trailblazing female leaders, builders, and players in Canadian lacrosse all month long.


Today, Lacrosse Canada and the Canadian Lacrosse Foundation are highlighting some of the notable women who have contributed to the development of women’s lacrosse in Canada.


All of these stories can be found in the back catalogue of the Legends of Lacrosse video series.



Barb Boyes, Ontario


Barb Boyes’ legacy was cemented when she stepped on the field as a member of the inaugural Senior Women’s Field National team in 1982. She would go on to develop high school and club programs, and has been responsible for dozens of Canadian girls going on to play lacrosse in university and college programs.


Watch the full video here.


Joanne Stanga, Ontario


Joanne Stanga was critical in the development of women’s field lacrosse in Canada. From coaching the senior and U19 field national teams to teaching courses for other coaches to follow in her footsteps, Stanga has spent much of her life developing quality lacrosse programs for women.


Watch the full video here.


Michelle Bowyer, British Columbia


Michelle Bowyer captained the 1982 bronze-medal winning national women’s team, and would go on to coach that team and many others. Getting her start in box lacrosse, she continues to work tirelessly to advance women’s box lacrosse internationally.


Watch the full video here.


Ruby Lang & Barb Cormier, Ontario


Hailing from the Mimico Lacrosse Club, Lang (deceased) and Cormier are deeply respected for their commitment in growing and developing the sport of lacrosse for the generations to come. Cormier helped to create a new house league program, and Lang had served over 30 years as guardian of the club.


Watch their full video here.


Gail Cummings-Danson, Ontario


The first Canadian female lacrosse player to get a full-ride scholarship to an American university, the Team Canada alumna remains Temple's all-time points leader. Cummings-Danson was just sixteen when she played on Team Canada during the 1982 inaugural Women’s World Championship.


Watch the full video here.


Kerri Hardill, Ontario


Also a member of the inaugural Team Canada women’s world cup team, Hardill was the first female player inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame, paving the way for countless others to follow. She has demonstrated her commitment to the development of international lacrosse by serving on the organizing committee for every Canadian-hosted World Championship in the past decade,


Watch the full video here.




About Lacrosse Canada

Founded in 1867, Lacrosse Canada is the governing body responsible for all aspects of lacrosse in Canada. Our organization is comprised of 10 Member Associations representing nearly 85,000 individual participants, including coaches, officials, and athletes of all ages and abilities. Lacrosse Canada’s mission is to honour the sport of lacrosse and its unique nation-building heritage, by engaging our members, leading our partners, and providing opportunities for all Canadians to participate. Lacrosse Canada oversees the delivery of numerous national championships and the participation of Team Canada at all international events sanctioned by World Lacrosse. Lacrosse Canada is proud to be affiliated with partners that share the same vision and values, including our corporate partners - NormaTec Recovery Systems, RockTape, OPRO, Canadian Red Cross, Westjet, and Baron Rings - as well as our funding partners the Government of Canada, the Coaching Association of Canada, and the Canadian Lacrosse Foundation.


For more information, please contact:


Taylor Retter

Communications and Marketing Coordinator

Lacrosse Canada



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