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“2014 ALL-MPSF Women’s Lacrosse” Team Selections: Player Of The Year Hannah Farr (Stanford) & Coach Of The Year Liza Kelly (Denver)
Major League Lacrosse: Denver Outlaws Head Coach Jim Stagnitta Awarded “2013 MLL Coach Of The Year”; Guided Team To 14-0 Regular Season
NCAA Lacrosse: Denver Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach Liza Kelly Named The “2013 IWLCA West/Midwest Region Coach Of The Year”
NCAA Div III Lacrosse: Redlands Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach Suzette Soboti Honored As “2013 IWLCA West Region Coach Of The Year”
Suzette Soboti led University of Redlands to back-to-back SCIAC Championships en route to a 15-5 overall record and a nearly perfect conference mark of 11-1. The Bulldogs ran the table at the SCIAC Tournament after clinching the title with a semifinal win over Pomona-Pitzer Colleges.
The Maroon and Gray advanced to the NCAA Division III Championships for the third time in school history and served as host to the opening round in consecutive seasons. Redlands gained eight All-SCIAC honorees, including midfielder Jacky Craycraft as the SCIAC Player of the Year and midfielder Stephanie Garrett as the SCIAC Newcomer of the Year.
Six Bulldogs landed on the IWLCA All-West Region teams and Craycraft garnered a pair of All-America distinctions. Bulldog goalkeeper Ana Martinez reset the school record for career saves and midfielder Crystal Painter now sits atop the program’s list for career assists.
NCAA Lacrosse: Northwestern Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach Kelly Amonte Hiller Awarded “National Coach Of The Year” For Fifth Time In 11 Seasons
The only accomplishment that pales in comparison to coach Kelly Amonte Hiller’s national championships is the number of coach of the year awards she has won. She made up some of the ground on Monday, securing the National Coach of the Year award for the fifth time in her career.
The honor, given by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association, is Amonte Hiller’s fourth recognition in five years. The Maryland graduate also won the award in 2005.
Amonte Hiller’s win comes off the Wildcats’ seventh national championship in the 2012 season. The Cats, playing in their eighth straight title game, defeated Syracuse 8-6 in a thrilling final in Stony Brook, N.Y.
NU’s season started with a staggering 14-game winning streak. The Cats finished the regular season with a 16-1 record, beating 12 ranked teams. The season included classic matches against North Carolina and Johns Hopkins, and a contest with Ohio State at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
The 2012 season did not come without adversity, with NU losing twice to conference rival Florida, once at home and once in Gainesville, Fla. The Gators’ second win over the Cats in the American Lacrosse Conference championship game handed Amonte Hiller her first loss in the conference tournament.
But the Cats’ growth after the ALC loss proved a testament to Amonte Hiller’s coaching. NU defeated four top-ten teams en route to the national championship, and did not lose the draw control battle in any game along the way after Amonte Hiller famously made the scoreboard operators at Lakeside Field put 18-5 on the scoreboard during practice — the margin by which Florida won draw controls in the ALC title game.
NU also almost owned the distinction of producing two different Tewaaraton Award winners in back-to-back seasons. After Shannon Smith won in 2011, junior defender Taylor Thornton ended the season as a finalist for the award in 2012.