Doug Maynard passed away on November 1st of this year at the age of 65. He played lacrosse the whole way through his years on this mortal coil, and scored a goal this past August in Lake Placid, just 3 months before passing on. He had played at Placid since 1991, was active in the New Hampshire lacrosse community for decades, and was a true lover of lacrosse.
Maynard was the first ever First Team All-American (in 1970) for Wesleyan University (CT). He moved to NH in 1976 where he continued to play and coach lacrosse. An article in the Concord Monitor will fill you in on some more of Doug’s lacrosse life details, and his lasting connection to the game is notably impressive.
As someone who was fortunate enough to meet Doug Maynard and exchange some emails with him, I can tell you firsthand that he was a great guy, who deeply cared about our game.
We met through Wesleyan Lacrosse alumni emails and a homecoming weekend. Doug was an All-American at Wesleyan back before that was a yearly occurrence, and he did it as a midfielder. The fact that he was a first teamer back then speaks to how awesome he was on the field, because honestly, our program wasn’t that great until Coach Raba got there a couple decades later!
Doug stayed involved with the program as well, and when an Alumni Council was started, he got on board to help out right away, and really took the lead for the older classes. He always wanted us to send an alumni team up to Placid, which was a definite favorite of his. While we never got off the waiting list for Placid, Doug’s effusive talk of alumni teams helped push our group forward, and although he never played in the tourney with us, Doug is a big reason that a Wesleyan alumni team participates in CityLax’s Southampton Shootout charity tournament each Summer.
Doug will be missed by those who knew him. He was a big guy, with a big heart, and a great laugh. He was a great lacrosse player, a fantastic coach, and a true Game Grower. He was dedicated to the game, and to the people he loved, and he will be missed. Thank you for living such a full and inspirational life, Doug. And thank you for letting us be a small part of it.