Friday, July 31, 2009


Denver resident eyeing a career as a Dental Hygienist

Leslie - this week's NLL Girl of the Week - can be found in her current home of Denver, where she has been a member of the Wild Bunch for the past two seasons. She is a lifelong dancer who has compiled an impressive background in competitive and creative dance, including her stint with the University of Colorado at Boulder's athletic dance team: "Express." After settling in Denver, she joined the professional dance world with the crew at Pepsi Center.

"There are so many wonderful parts of being a member of the Wild Bunch," says Leslie. "I would have to say that my favorite part of the game is the opening when the lights go down, all the fans are on their feet and we come out onto the field on a Harley. Nothing replaces that feeling of excitement you get every game.

"The Mammoth fans are unlike any other team's. They live and breathe Mammoth lacrosse and love what we bring as well!"

When she isn't giving her all for the Mammoth home crowd, Leslie is a registered dental hygienist - "Don't forget to brush your teeth twice and floss once a day," she says. After completing prerequisite course work at the University of Colorado at Boulder, she graduated from the University of Colorado Health Science Center in May 2009 with a Bachelor's Degree in Dental Hygiene.

Now, Leslie hopes to pursue her career and eventually get married and start a family. In the meantime, she says her perfect day would be one that is spent with friends and family... and possibly some scrapbooking. She will probably have some country music blasting in her headphones, too.

Leslie loves lacrosse for its fast pace and physical nature, which makes her "never want to leave your seat because you may miss something." As for the Mammoth, her favorite player is Dan Carey.

"He is not only a phenomenal lacrosse player; he is a genuine person, as well. He gives time to the community off the field and I think that means more than what he does on the field."

While Leslie is unsure as to whether or not she will be back for a third year with the Wild Bunch, she has nothing but positive things to say about the Mammoth family.

"Everyone who is a part of this organization really cares about the team and what they do. It has been such a pleasure to work with everyone involved."

And if Leslie does happen to leave the Wild Bunch for good, she has the following words to remember her teammates by:

"The Wild Bunch are a group of talented and classy women who bring a little bit of rock and roll to every Mammoth game."