Editor’s Note: We at Utah Lacrosse News would like to extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the Keller family, the Copper Hills women’s lacrosse team, and the entire Copper Hills community. Maddie Keller was loved by many, and will be deeply missed.
WEST JORDAN, UT — Tragedy struck the Utah lacrosse community again this year with the passing of Maddie Keller on September 25, 2017. Keller had been diagnosed with leukemia last Wednesday. Keller was a standout player on the Copper Hills women’s lacrosse team, helping lead the team to a state championship appearance in 2015. Copper Hills held a candlelit vigil Monday night on their soccer field for Keller.
With hundreds of people looking on in silence at the vigil holding candles, the solemnity of the situation weighed heavily upon the attendees. It was apparent that Keller had touched the lives of many. “She was really great. She really was,” said Copper Hills Girls’ Head Coach Nate Spencer. “She was a great person and it’s going to be a significant loss for us.”
Even more shocking than the news of Keller’s death was the way that it happened. “She was playing on the [Super] Seven’s team,” said Spencer. He added that she had a “great game” a few weeks ago. The next week after Keller played is when she was diagnosed with leukemia. “So here we are Monday morning when she passed away,” Spencer commented. “We’ve had a lot of texts and a lot of girls having a hard time. It’s been hard.”
Spencer was nothing but complimentary when describing Keller. “Maddie Keller is one of the pillars, and has been one of the pillars of our team for the last few years,” said Spencer. “She really epitomized what you expect in an athlete, player, someone that’s contributing and engaged in your team.”
Kellar leaves behind a sister on the team. “We’ve been very mindful of her loss as well,” Spencer said. “Just to rally together and try to make it through has been really hard for our team.”
Spencer shared a message for the entire lacrosse community. “Every day is important for the time we spend together,” Said Spencer. “Practices in the early mornings, those are magical times to be cherished.”
Spencer added advice that Keller would have said if she were still here. “Be good to each other,” Spencer said. “Have fun.”
Keller will be sorely missed.