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This past spring, Abigail Rehfuss ’14 was drafted to play professional
lacrosse for the Boston Storm. She also earned last year’s Coach of the Year
for Class A, Section II in her first year coaching Shaker High School girl’s
varsity lacrosse team.
From May-August, Rehfuss travels every weekend as a defensive
midfielder for the Storm. The traveling is mostly contained to the northeast.
While the league is time consuming, it is far from the intensity she
experienced while playing Division I lacrosse for Loyola University Maryland,
where she was an All American.
“College was much more intense,” she said during a recent
visit to campus. “Lacrosse consumed
almost five hours a day, pretty much every day for 9 months. With the Storm, we
train on our own time during the week, and then compete together on the
The start-up United Women’s Lacrosse League, which the Boston
Storm is a part of, is in its infancy and seeking to expand. Many of the
players are former college all-stars turned college coaches, and the games are
strategically placed near recruiting tournaments, where thousands of players
gather and naturally gravitate to watch the pro games. The college coaches can
combine recruiting while competing.
Rehfuss is not the only lacrosse player in the family, nor
is she the only lawyer. She is an associate at The Rehfuss Law Firm, led by her
father Stephen Rehfuss ’85. Her sister Charlotte is a rising 3L at Albany Law.
Both grandfathers’ graduated Albany Law: Thomas Walsh ’60 and John Rehfuss ’48,
as did her aunt Maura Walsh Sommer ’00, and two uncles, James Sommer ’02, and
David Hepp ’98.
She has four sisters, all Shaker High School lacrosse stars
and three of whom also played in college, and a brother who plays lacrosse for
Syracuse University. “Lacrosse is a big part of our family, we grew up playing
together,” she said.
Rehfuss is grateful she can pursue her passion for lacrosse
while balancing a full-time career as an attorney. She concentrates her
practice in the areas of personal injury and civil litigation. “I’m really lucky – I have a job that I love
and the flexibility to stay involved in the game that I love. I really have the
best of both worlds.”