For the second consecutive year and the sixth time in her career, Colorado College head coach Susan Stuart has been named West Region Coach of the Year by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association.
Stuart guided the Tigers to a 15-5 ledger, which tied the program record for victories in a single season, as well as the program’s ninth appearance in the NCAA Division III Women’s Lacrosse Championship.
“It is always humbling to be recognized by your peers,” Stuart says. “The honor is really an acknowledgement of the excellent staff I have had the pleasure of working with during the last four years and the deeply committed student-athletes who represent our school.”
Stuart has been honored by the IWLCA in 2001, 2004, 2005, 2014, and 2016.
The only head coach in the program’s 23-year varsity history, Stuart now owns a 239-115-1 (.675) record, which includes a 9-9 postseason mark. CC began the 2017 NCAA tournament with a 15-12 triumph over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps before falling to No. 6 William Smith College, 18-13.
Colorado College ranked first nationally in draw controls (18.70), second in scoring offense (18.90) and points per game (27.40), and eighth in scoring margin (8.05).
CC scored double-digit goals in every game this season and set a single-game record during a 25-9 win at Pomona-Pitzer Colleges. The 13 goals scored against William Smith in the NCAA tournament were the most scored against the Herons this season.
Attacker Steph Kelly ’18 and midfielder Mary Taussig ’17 were named second-team All-Americans by the IWLCA, while attacker Annie DeFrino ’18 also was a member of the organization’s all-West Region Team.
It marked the first time the Tigers had two or more All-Americans in the same season since Helen Sneath ’06, Kate Fitzgerald ’07, and Hannah Murtaugh ’07 were honored in 2006.
Kelly eclipsed Mary Everett's (1996-99) school record of 252 points when she recorded a game-high seven points with a pair of goals and five assists against William Smith in the regional semifinal. Kelly completed her third season with 257 career points. She also set the program’s single-season records with 114 points and 61 assists which she set during the 2016 campaign. DeFrino set the school’s single-season record with 74 goals.