Laurette Payette was inducted as a truly great contributor. Recognized as one of the nation’s best officials, she had served as an umpire for 35 years at the time of her induction and was still active. She has worked five NCAA championship games and eight national semifinal games during her 30-year collegiate umpiring career. She has also worked international events, collegiate club championships, conference championships and numerous high school state championships through the years.
As an administrator, she has been chair of the US Lacrosse Women’s Officials Committee and spearheaded the updating of national training and rating manuals for women’s lacrosse officials. She has also been an active clinician for officials’ training events nationwide for over 30 years, and a volunteer for both the USWLA and later, US Lacrosse, since 1985.
Payette was the recipient of the US Lacrosse Nancy Chance Service Award in 2010, and in recognition of her longtime service, the US Lacrosse Laurette Payette Service Award was created in her honor in 2015.