Editor’s Note: The loss of young lives this year in the Utah lacrosse community has been tragic. We at Utah Lacrosse News extend our condolences Lindsey Haynes’ family, friends, and teammates. Hopefully this will be the end of what has been an incredibly sad year for Utah lacrosse.
WEST JORDAN, UT — In a year marked by loss in the Utah lacrosse community, another hardship has hit. Lindsey Haynes, a sophomore who played attack for the West Jordan girls high school lacrosse team, passed away on Sunday, October 1st, 2017. “It kind of came out of nowhere,” West Jordan Girls Lacrosse head coach Cliff Tomlinson said. “It’s just hard. It is just felt by every single member of the team deeply.”
According to Tomlinson, Haynes started showing flu-like symptoms on September 18. Her condition got worse until last Tuesday, when she went to the hospital. Haynes was sent to Primary Children’s Medical Center, where she was treated for septic shock. Haynes was eventually taken off life support on Sunday.
Lindsey Haynes (WestJordanLax.com)
Tomlinson spoke to the goodness of Haynes’ character. “She was amazing. She was the first one to smile and laugh at practice,” Tomlinson said. “She was a fiercely protective teammate.” Tomlinson told of instances when Haynes would force him to apologize to her teammates when she perceived him as being too tough. “You couldn’t have a better teammate than her.”
Haynes also had an incredibly outgoing personality. “Always outgoing, always smiling,” Tomlinson described Haynes. “Just all around an amazing person.” Haynes teammates felt the same way. Tomlinson said, “It was always Lindsey who would cheer them up. It was always Lindsey that would make them laugh.” Tomlinson added, “The girls were always happy to see her at practice because they knew their practice was going to be better with her there.”
Tomlinson reflected on the impact that this has had on the team. “It’s a pretty significant loss,” said Tomlinson. “We’re a tiny team. It’s usually 15-16 girls every year.” This meant that every girl was just “super close” according to Tomlinson. He described how a lot of the older girls on the team were super protective of Haynes. Tomlinson said, “It is just felt by every single member of the team deeply.”
Tomlinson made reference to a GoFund Me page set up to assist with Lindsey’s medical bills. Tomlinson said that “the support from the community has been huge.” A fundraiser at Chick-Fil-A was held last night to help support Haynes’ family. “They said it was a record for them. It was the busiest they’ve ever been.”
Clearly, Haynes was loved by many.