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SLV Announces Co-Heads of Women’s Officials

By Ashley Gersuk Murphy, 01/16/18, 7:45AM EST


For Immediate Release
Date: January 16, 2018
Contact: Ashley Gersuk Murphy (720.609.2324)

Denver, CO - Summit Lacrosse Ventures (SLV) announced today that highly respected Women’s Officials, Mara Wager and Nancy Madsen, will act as Co-Heads of Women’s Officials for SLV, effective immediately. Wager and Madsen will oversee the assignment of officials for the Northstar Capital City Winter Classic, Northstar Capital City Classic, Northstar Invitational, Lake Placid Summit Classic, and inaugural Summit 7s. Additional responsibilities will include supervision of competition, and support of SLV’s national efforts to remain at the forefront of rules developments, player safety, and the future direction of the game.

Mara Wager is a Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Womens International Official and NCAA National Elite Womens Official. Wager acts as a NCAA Division I & Division III Womens Collegiate Assignor, a High School Lacrosse Assignor, and an Assignor for various summer lacrosse tournaments. Wager also serves on the Adirondack Board of Womens Lacrosse Officials.

Nancy Madsen is a NCAA National Elite Womens Lacrosse Official and NCAA Womens Collegiate Lacrosse Assignor. Madsen was the Head Assignor for the 2017 FIL Rathbones Women’s Lacrosse World Cup in Guilford England, and the US Lacrosse National Tournament from 2009-2016. Madsen too serves on the Adirondack Board of Womens Lacrosse Officials, and as an Assignor for various summer lacrosse tournaments.

“We are delighted to add this distinguished duo to our team”, said Summit Lacrosse Ventures’ CEO Ashley Gersuk Murphy. “We have known both Mara and Nancy for many years, sharing upstate NY roots, and believe their extensive experience will make a valuable and immediate impact on the mission of SLV. Both are highly respected on National and International levels, and great ambassadors for the game”.

"We would like to thank Ashley and Summit Lacrosse Ventures for providing us with the opportunity to coordinate officials for these great tournaments”, said Wager & Madsen. “Summit Lacrosse Ventures is an outstanding organization with many years of experience providing top notch tournaments across the country. We look forward to working with a team that is at the forefront of lacrosse and in steadfast pursuit of providing unique lacrosse experiences for players and coaches at every level.”

“Summit Lacrosse Ventures continues to grow, in particular in the girls and women’s games, and we aim to achieve the highest level of quality in organizational leadership and the player experience”, said Murphy. “We are very excited to work with Mara and Nancy, and look forward to executing an outstanding 2018 season.”

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About Summit Lacrosse Ventures (SLV)
Summit Lacrosse Ventures (SLV) owns and operates the 29-year-old Lake Placid Summit Classic, along with the Lake Placid Summit Youth Classic, High Peaks Summit Classic, Lake Tahoe Summit Classic (with ADVNC Lacrosse) and the Saratoga Lacrosse Shootout (with Rhino Lacrosse). Northstar Lacrosse is a women’s lacrosse brand of SLV and includes the Northstar Invitational, Northstar Capital City Classic, Northstar Midwest Showcase, and the Northstar Capital City Winter Classic. In addition, SLV manages Munday Lacrosse, a camp/clinic business owned by Lindsey Munday, Head Coach of the USC Women’s Lacrosse team.

The mission of Summit Lacrosse Ventures is to be a leader in nationwide lacrosse events and programs for boys, girls, men and women, with a clear focus on the responsible and sustainable growth of the game. SLV delivers exceptional value and first-class experiences for its customers, with an emphasis on creating a long-standing and collaborative community with which to share a passion for lacrosse. Summit Lacrosse Ventures strives to provide outstanding coaching and educational resources to enable participants to enhance athletic skills and performance while emphasizing the development of life skills.