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TROYHANN SANTOS – Lacrosse Pioneer: Hall of Fame Player
Although born in Ajax, Ontario, Troyhann Santos considers Whitby home. Her distinguished lacrosse career has extended beyond four decades. As an 11-year-old, Troyhann competed with boys in box lacrosse in the Whitby Minor Lacrosse Association until she was 18 years of age.It was during these formative years where she developed both her lacrosse skillset and knowledge.
From there, she excelled at the highest levels of field lacrosse. In 1984, Troyhann began playing for Team Ontario Women’s Field Lacrosse Team - playing on ten provincial teams winning 3 gold, 5 silver and 2 bronze medals at the National championships. Troyhann was the captain of Team Ontario from 1994 to 1996 when they were crowned Canadian champions.
Troyhann caught the attention of six universities in the United States. She became only the second Canadian woman in history to be awarded a lacrosse scholarship by an American school, choosing to attend James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, playing Division I in the NCAA beginning in 1989. Troyhann was a 4-year starter and played in every game of her college career. Troyhann helped the “Dukes” team to third place finishes in the Colonial Athletic Association in both 1992 and 1993.
Her personal success included earning recognition as an All-South Second Team honours in 1992 and All-South First Team honours in 1993; she was also named team co-captain in her senior year (1993). At the International level, in 1993, Troyhann became a member of Team Canada. Over the next twelve years she competed in 3 World Cups (1997, 2001, and 2005). She represented Canada a fourth time participating in the 1994 Commonwealth Games. She served as the team captain for the Commonwealth Games team and was Canada’s leading scorer in that tournament; Troyhann was also a co-captain of the 2001 and 2005 World Cup teams and finished seventh in scoring at the 2001 tournament.
Upon her retirement as a player, Troyhann has continued to devote her time and abundant energy to the sport of lacrosse at both the coaching and executive levels. She coached box lacrosse starting in 2004 with mainly all boys’ teams. However, with the introduction of girls’ box at the National level in 2009, Troyhann joined the Team Ontario program – making a significant impact as the program accumulated four gold and two silver medals at the bantam, midget and junior box levels.
Overall, Troyhann has coached Team Ontario boys’ and girls’ squads in both field and box lacrosse at numerous national championships, earning 12 medals, including nine gold, two silver, and one bronze. In November of 2018, Troyhann was named as Women’s Program Director for EDGE Lacrosse – a lacrosse development and recruiting program which exposes the best lacrosse players who aspire to play in the NCAA and gives them exposure to U.S. colleges. Troyhann’s incredible contributions have not gone unnoticed. She was inducted into the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2016. More recently, Troyhann was inducted into the Whitby Sports Hall of Fame in 2019.
When sharing her thoughts on being inducted into the CLHOF, Troyhann stated, “My initial feelings were of hopefulness and excitement. I was relieved to hear that two females were inducted this year. This more inclusive step forward offers hope that many other qualified and deserving women will be recognized for their achievements. Thank you to the Canadian Women’s Lacrosse Alumni for having a voice and for the CLHOF for listening”.
In recalling particular highlights of her storied career, Troyhann remembers, “I’ve always heard that you should enjoy every moment of being on a team because it’s the road trips, team meals and camaraderie that you will remember the most when it’s over. And that is so true. When I think back to my playing years, I am always reminded of the unforgettable laughs and needed support that my teammates provided for me. One of the biggest reasons I continue to coach today is so I can still have that feeling of being part of something bigger than myself”.
In discussing people who impacted her career, Troyhann commented, “The first people that come to mind are my parents. I never realized the sacrifices they made and the support they gave me until I became a mom of two lacrosse players. I’m grateful to my mom and dad for giving me the opportunity to discover what I love. I’m also thankful to my sister, Dayna for being my #1 fan and for my brother, Shaydon who unknowingly pushed me to do better. Thank you for having such big shoes to fill. I’d also like to acknowledge all my coaches and teammates. Thank you for seeing my potential and for believing in me - you gave me the incentive to work even harder”.
Troyhann Santos has made huge contributions to lacrosse as both a builder and player. However, it is her immense success and stellar career as a player which has her inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in the Player Category – Class of 2022.
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