Carol Patterson is one of the most important women in the development of international lacrosse, and the launch of Canada’s involvement with the women’s field game. Her lacrosse resume includes a career filled with coaching, officiating, and administration. Patterson has coached lacrosse in Baltimore County and New York State, at SUNY Buffalo and Niagara University. She also ran the Niagara girl’s lacrosse camp.


As an administrator, she served as a director on the board of the Iroquois Nationals. She was active in the family business Tuskewe Krafts – a wooden lacrosse stick manufacturer – with her husband John Wesley Patterson. Their sticks were distributed worldwide and coveted by female lacrosse players. They set up a Canadian company as well—Canam Lacrosse Ltd.

Patterson wrote the US Lacrosse PE Curriculum for grades 4-12 in 2006 and was involved in CD-ROM and Course Development for Lacrosse Canada.

Some of her accolades include her induction into the Western New York Lacrosse Hall of Fame, a Lacrosse Canada Certificate of Merit, and the International Federation of Women’s Lacrosse Association Recognition Award.

Her legacy continues to this day—the OUA Women’s Lacrosse Champions are awarded the Patterson Cup annually.


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