Daily Archives: September 27, 2008

Natalie Cummins, Foothill High School ’08, Makes 2009 Brown University Women’s Lacrosse Roster

Natalie Cummins, a Freshman at Brown University in Providence, RI, has been selected to play for the Varsity Women’s Lacrosse Team. A top student-athlete, Natalie was First Team All-Orange County, Tustin Co-Player of the Year, Co-Captain, and Knight of the Year for the 2008 Lady Knights Varsity Squad which lost to Los Alamitos in the Orange County Semi Finals. She played Center Middie for the Varsity Girls Team and was a 4 year Varsity Starter. She controlled 60% of her draws, scored 40 goals, had 22 assists, and fielded 102 groundballs.

Head Coach Keely McDonald

A 2000 Brown University graduate and former Bears lacrosse standout, Keely McDonald returned to her alma mater to head the Brown women’s lacrosse program during the fall of 2004 following assistant coaching stints at Princeton and Northwestern.

In six years, McDonald has coached 10 Regional All-Americans and five National All-Americans. In three years at Brown, eight of McDonald’s players have been recognized with All-Ivy honors and three have earned IWLCA Northeast Regional All-American recognition. Last season, Kiki Manners and Molly McCarthy became McDonald’s second and third Regional All-Americans, and were two of just five freshmen in the Northeast Region, nine nationally, to earn this distinction. The duo, who were Brown’s first-ever freshmen to earn Regional All-American recognition, also earned a spot on the inaugural womenslacrosse.com All-Freshman Team. In all, McDonald has coached 17 All-Ivy players, including nine at Princeton. She has also coached three past Tewaaraton Award candidates, and either coached or recruited five players on the 2006 Tewaaraton watchlist.

The first assistant at Princeton during the 2004 season, McDonald helped to lead the Tigers to a #1 ranking for the entire season, winning 19 straight games before dropping their only contest of the year in the National Championship game. Working with three-time National Champion head coach Chris Sailer at Princeton, McDonald gained tremendous experience, helping to coach four First Team National All-Americans, the Ivy League Player and Rookie of the Year, and leading the #1 defensive system in the country with a 6.11 GAA.

Prior to joining the Tiger staff, McDonald served as the first assistant coach at Northwestern, playing an integral role in transitioning the team from Club level to varsity Division I status. During her three years with the Wildcats, McDonald worked alongside head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller to build a solid program which is now a national contender, losing to Virginia in the 2004 National Quaterfinals in just the team’s third year of existence, and winning the past three National Championships.

As an undergraduate at Brown, McDonald started at Midfield/Attack all four years with the Bears, earning Second Team All-Ivy and Academic All-Ivy in 2000. She finished her career with 86 points (66g, 20a), including 27 (21g, 6a) as a freshman in 1997, and ranking among the team’s top five scorers in each of her four seasons.