Graduating in 2013, Jessica Lowe graduated with degrees in Political Science and Psychology. Attending UNLV gave Jess a chance to attend school close to home and embark on an opportunity to start a lacrosse team with Katie Bane and Katy Wieser. Lowe’s time at UNLV involved meeting some of her best friends through playing lacrosse where a tightknit lax family was formed, with whom she says she spent more time with than her actual family. Playing lacrosse offered Lowe a second family within the team and she always looked forward to going to practice – it was a stress reliever and took her mind off of other things she had going on. Jess played as starting goalie for the UNLV Women’s team for four years from 2010 to 2013.
Like many of the core group of UNLV alum, Lowe’s best memory was winning the WWLL Division II Championship in 2012. However, the totality of her experience of going on trips with everyone and driving to and from Reno and Santa Barbara really stand out as some of her best memories. She remembers “always having a blast on trips” and says she wouldn’t trade that for anything. While on the women’s lax team at UNLV, Jess was recognized as a WWLL All-Star where she was DII First Team All League in 2011 and DII Second Team All League in 2013. Lowe’s inspiration for playing lacrosse came from one of the originals, Katy Wieser. She says, “If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t be the player I am. She was the only person I would take advice from and she challenged me everyday in goal.” Another inspiration was longtime teammate and friend Katie Bane. Playing 9 years with KB, Jess was forced to master blocking crease rolls, as Bane was known for her shovel shots around the crease. She notes that if it weren’t for KB, she probably would have never stuck with lacrosse after high school as Bane convinced her to come out and play at UNLV.
Being a lacrosse goalie taught Lowe to have the ability to not let pressure get to you and to have a take-charge attitude where sometimes you have to think on your feet. She has carried these qualities with her after her education at UNLV as she moves into her years at law school. She attended her first year at Whittier Law in Costa Mesa, CA and will be attending Gonzaga Law in Spokane, WA in the fall of 2014. Her focus is on Intellectual Property Law with an emphasis in sports law as she hopes one day to work for a professional sports team or league. Lowe stays connected with the lacrosse community in Las Vegas and at UNLV, as she was an Assistant Coach and Goalie Coach for Faith Lutheran for three years. Lowe can always be found at local lacrosse tournaments helping out the UNLV team as well as playing goalie for the Sin City Women’s team. Her advise for all lacrosse players, especially those at UNLV, is to “enjoy the experience while you can, because when you stop playing you’ll miss it like hell!”