Kailey Heinl, center, scored during a recent summer league game. Heinl is one of 17 freshman recruits for the inaugural women’s lacrosse team at Concordia (St. Paul).
On a warm afternoon in late July on the Sea Foam Stadium field at St. Paul’s Concordia University, a dozen or so soon-to-be members of the women’s lacrosse team are immersed in a summer-league battle with players from another college.
A hundred yards or so away, Concordia coach Mo Dunnigan sat in her windowless office, juggling a lengthy to-do list as the clock winds down toward the start of the program’s inaugural season.
Dunnigan is the architect of the first Division II college lacrosse program in Minnesota and the first to offer athletic scholarships, yet she dare not venture outside. She’s been on the job for more than a year and official practices are less than a month away, but per NCAA rules, she still isn’t allowed to accurately assess the talent she’ll be coaching.
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