Katie Bane

#2, Attack

Fall 2009 - Spring 2012

Current City: Henderson, NV

Hometown: Cheyenne, WY

Katie Bane, or “KB” as she is known on the lax field, graduated from UNLV in 2012 with a degree in Elementary Education. UNLV was close to home, and to her friends, and ended up being a place where she could continue playing lacrosse after high school and engage in a collegiate activity that allowed her to release stress and gain life long friends. Bane was involved with the UNLV women’s team for 3 years where she served as the treasurer for 3 years.

 

KB’s most memorable moment while playing lacrosse was during her senior year on the team where they took first place for WWLL Division II and when she ended her run on a high note, playing with the girls who she had played with since day one. Katie believed the field was where you were a team, and any personal issues with team members got left behind. Spending time with friends, and fellow teammates, who understood what the game of lacrosse meant to her was one of the things she enjoyed most while playing lax at UNLV. Her teammates were her role models who bettered themselves, and pushed her to be better with them.

 

Bane is currently a Kindergarten teacher for CCSD where she says she “corrupts the young minds of the future to play lacrosse and occasionally will teach them to read and write.” She is also continuing on with her education by attending UNLV to attain a Master’s Degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood education. KB is still involved with the lacrosse community in Las Vegas where she is the coach for the Thurman White Middle School team. She will forever be remembered as one of the original members of the women’s lacrosse team at UNLV and the player with a clutch shovel shot.

Vanessa Lopez

#9, Defense

Fall 2009 - Spring 2012

Current City: Las Vegas, NV

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Hailing from sunny San Diego, California, Vanessa Lopez graduated from UNLV in 2012 with a degree in Hospitality-Meeting & Events Management. Choosing UNLV for their well-known hospitality program, playing lacrosse was a bonus for Lopez. She played lax in middle school and high school back in San Diego and always loved the team aspect. During her time at UNLV, Lopez studied abroad but kept lacrosse in the back of her mind. When she returned to UNLV she found that the women’s team had developed a full roster of girls. 

 

Playing two years with the UNLV women’s lax team offered Lopez a chance to travel again and be on a team, two things she thought she might have lost.  The team also offered Vanessa the opportunity to play with other girls who shared the same love for lacrosse as she did. Once again, Vanessa got her competitive drive back, stayed in shape, and bonded with teammates over the two years that she was on the team. One of her best memories is winning the WWLL DII Championship in 2012 during her senior and final year at UNLV. Lopez’s time on the team taught her how to compromise for the good of the team, which has been an invaluable tool for success that she has carried into her career now where she values “giving everyone a chance to shine and working as a team with ideas and positivity.”

 

Vanessa put her UNLV degree to work, as she is currently the Assistant Coordinator for MGM Grand Special Events where she assists with the planning and executing of all employee and casino gaming events. She also has stayed involved with the Vegas lacrosse community where she coached the Bob Miller Middle School team for two years as well as playing on the Sin City Women’s lax team.

Jess Lowe

#4, Goalie

Fall 2009 - Spring 2013

Current City: Spokane, WA

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

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!”

Marie Mills

#21, Attack

Fall 2009 - Spring 2013

Current City: Las Vegas, NV

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

Marie Mills graduated from UNLV in 2013 with a degree in Criminal Justice. Playing lacrosse at UNLV offered Mills a chance to make friends and continue playing the sport she loved. Marie was able to not only participate in athletics but maintained a solid academic core receiving the Jay Hahn Law Enforcement Scholarship in 2012 and also making the Dean’s List. Mills played attack for four years with the UNLV Women’s Lacrosse team.

 

Marie’s most memorable moment while playing lacrosse at UNLV was winning the WWLL DII Championship during her junior year in 2012. Besides serving as Vice President and Treasurer while on the team, Mills also received two WWLL Awards. She was awarded WWLL Second Team All League in 2012 and First Team All League in 2013. As the roster for UNLV added many new faces over the years, Marie enjoyed teaching new players how to play the game. The game of lacrosse and time spent on the women’s team at UNLV taught Marie the core values of teamwork, a value she has carried on with her into her career and other areas of her life.

 

Marie currently is a Project Assistant at Wynn Design and Development where she works in conjunction with the interior design department to purchase furniture, fixtures, and equipment for Wynn Resorts nationally and worldwide. Mills has stayed connected with the lacrosse community in Las Vegas after graduating from UNLV. She is the coach of the Angel’s Middle School Program as well as the Coach for the JV and Varsity teams at Bishop Gorman. Marie’s lasting advise for players of the game, “Don’t just play – grow the game in the community.”

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