GRAND LAKE, Colo. – The Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) announced its 2017 Regional and National Coaches of the Year and Head Coach Brooke O'Brien was selected as the Division III Chesapeake Region Coach of the Year.
O'Brien led the Generals to one of the best seasons in program history this past spring. W&L set a new program-record for victories (19-2) and advanced to the NCAA Semifinals for the first time in program history. W&L captured its eighth-straight ODAC title and fell just shy of the NCAA Division III Championship game, dropping a 5-4 double-overtime decision to top-ranked TCNJ, 5-4.
The Blue & White produced five wins over ranked opponents during the season and earned the first No. 1 ranking in program history when the Generals topped the April 3 version of the Nike/US Lacrosse Division III rankings. W&L finished the season ranked second in Division III in scoring defense, allowing an average of just 4.14 goals per game.
O'Brien earned ODAC Coach of the Year honors for the fifth time in her career and she also garnered VaSID Coach of the Year accolades for the second time in her career. She has guided W&L to the ODAC title in nine of her 10 seasons and she claims a 149-46 (.764) overall record.
O'Brien mentored three players to IWLCA All-America honors during the 2017 season, including a pair of first-teamers for the first time since 2008. This is the first time O'Brien has been named the Chesapeake Region Coach of the Year in her 10 seasons at W&L.
Carol Cantele of Gettysburg was named the Division III IWLCA National Coach of the Year after leading the Bullets to the NCAA National Championship.
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