Hope Russu encountered her love of lacrosse in her teens. At the time she just saw it as a way to play a sport other than soccer. As a student at Xavier University (Cincinnati), her passion for the sport of women’s lacrosse grew–buy this time it was fused with her knack for leading and organizing others.
Lacrosse during her time at Xavier experienced a rebirth. Starting with a roster of only 2 members, the Xavier Women’s Lacrosse club expanded and welcomed over 30 girls hailing from Texas to New York state. While leading the club, Hope saw Xavier Women’s Lacrosse re-enter the Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse League and also the club’s reappearance in the WCLL Playoffs. The legacy that she started is still in effect today.
Upon finishing college, Hope’s passion for empowering girls through lacrosse did not subside and she remained involved in the sport. In the Fall of 2013, she was invited to serve as Assistant Coach for the girl’s lacrosse club at Westfield High School. In the spring of 2015, she served as interim Head coach for the club. Through these experiences Hope has found her love for the development of women’s lacrosse not only within Indiana, but also within her own community of Castleton. She is excited to contribute to the mission of Hoosier Lacrosse Academy.