University of Denver women’s lacrosse head coach Liza Kelly was inducted into the University of Delaware Athletics Hall of Fame on Nov. 21.
Kelly, whose maiden name is Liza Shoemaker, was a stalwart midfielder and motivating team leader during her All-American career with the Blue Hens women’s lacrosse team from 1995-98. A standout defender, she also contributed 60 career goals and earned Brine/IWLCA All-American honors three times. In addition to earning all-region and all-league honors three times, she was named the 1997 and 1998 Most Valuable Player twice and also competed for the U.S. Women’s Lacrosse National Team.
A native of Baltimore, Md. and a 1998 honors graduate of UD, Kelly was named the UD Outstanding Senior Woman of the Year for the state of Delaware following the 1997-98 season. A team captain, she led her final two teams to a combined record of 26-10 and two league titles under coach Denise Wescott. and the
As a head coach at the NCAA Division I level, Kelly led Boston University to three NCAA Tournament appearances. In two seasons at Denver, Kelly has led the Pioneers to a combined 29-9 overall record and a perfect 10-0 mark in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation regular season.
The Pioneers, who ended last season ranked No. 19, lost only three starters from a team that went 13-6 overall and 5-0 in the MPSF last season, and returns the team’s top 10 leaders in goals and assists. Denver opens the 2009 season in a neutral site game in San Diego against four-time defending national champion Northwestern on Jan. 23.