Coaching helps Mottlow cope with tragedy: Lacrosse coach overcomes loss of husband

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Hilliard Bradley High School girls lacrosse coach Becky Mottlow

Lacrosse always has been important to Hilliard Bradley High School
girls coach Becky Mottlow, but it never has been as important as it is
now. The sport, particularly the members of the Jaguars’ program, has
provided solace after her husband of 16 years, Harry, died March 22.


Lacrosse always has been important to Hilliard Bradley High School
girls coach Becky Mottlow, but it never has been as important as it is
now.

The sport, particularly the members of the Jaguars’ program, has
provided solace after her husband of 16 years, Harry, died March 22.

“The love I feel for these girls and our assistant coaches … you
can’t describe it,” said Mottlow, who is in her fourth season leading
the Jaguars. “They all came to the (viewing and funeral) services … it
was just amazing. It just goes to show that a lot of lacrosse happens
off of the field.”

Mottlow was emotional after Bradley defeated host Davidson 13-10 on
April 10 in an OCC-Ohio Division contest. She coached the Wildcats from
2007-09 and taught Spanish at Davidson for nine years before Bradley
opened in August 2009.

“I have had some of the most life-changing moments in the last few
weeks and coaching has been something I consider essential to moving
on,” Mottlow said. “Both of my assistant coaches — Mike Mignery and
Kristen Murray — have been amazing. They stepped in and took things
over when I wasn’t there. They really shouldered everything during that
time.”

Bradley was 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the OCC-Ohio before playing
Olentangy Liberty on April 16. No games or practices were postponed or
canceled during Mottlow’s absence. After a 14-8 win over Hartley in
their season opener April 2, members of the team made sure that Mottlow
received an update on the game.

“They called me to tell me they had won and that was the most joyous
moment I have had coaching,” said Mottlow, who returned to the sidelines
in a 12-10 loss to her alma mater, Thomas Worthington, on April 6.
“That really picked me up.”

Murray said the players have dedicated the season to Mottlow.

“It’s been a very uniting thing,” Murray said. “The girls have come
together and worked as a group. They even have been wearing orange
headbands with a Hawaiian-shirt theme. They have come ready to practice
and ready to play all spring. They really want to do well for coach.”

Against Davidson, senior attacker Kwynn Herr and senior midfielder
Mackenzie Mignery both had four goals and sophomore defender Libby Rains
and freshman defender Grace Anton both scored two. Senior goalkeeper
Amanda Capriato had eight saves.

Bradley defeated Bexley 10-8 on April 11.

“We have moments of excellence on the field mingled with moments of
desperation or worry,” Mottlow said. “It seems like the more (the
players) think about something, the more it can affect them.

“This is our first four-year class at Bradley, coming from freshmen
to seniors, so this is a special one. They are a lot of fun to coach.”

Harry Mottlow III, 45, was an assistant wrestling coach at Davidson.

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