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Remembering Marge Watson

By IWLCA Admin, 12/14/20, 5:00PM EST


Marge Watson, the celebrated coach who started the women's lacrosse program at Ursinus College, passed away December 5 at the age of 90. Watson was inducted into the IWLCA's inaugural Hall of Fame class in 2017. She is also one of 11 women recognized as an IWLCA Trailblazer along Chris Sailer Trail at US Lacrosse headquarters in Sparks, Md.

Watson started the women’s lacrosse program at Ursinus in 1957 and served as the head coach until 1981, posting a 199-19-9 record. Her .896 winning percentage is the second highest all-time (behind Sharon Pfluger), and her teams recorded seven undefeated seasons. Watson led Ursinus to national runner-up finishes in the 1979 USWLA National Tournament and the 1981 AIAW National Championship. She has a strong record of service, helping to found the Philadelphia Colleges Women’s Lacrosse Association in 1970 and receiving the inaugural IWLCA Lifetime Achievement Award (later renamed the Diane Geppi-Aikens Award) in 2000. Watson was inducted into the US Lacrosse National Hall of Fame in 2014.