October 15, 2013

Best Of Lacrosse - Best Women's Coach Finalists

by Sean Burns | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter

World titles, perfect seasons, breakthrough championships and more - there's little this group didn't accomlish in 2013 in leading their teams to new heights.

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Best Women's Coach Finalists

Ricky Fried, Team USA
After leading Team USA to its seventh FIL World Cup gold this summer in Oshawa, Ontario, Fried was selected to head the squad for the 2017 World Cup in Surrey, England. Fried, who has led Georgetown to a 93-52 record in nine seasons, led the U.S. Women to a 7-0 record and 19-5 win over Canada in the World Cup final. In the tournament, Team USA outscored its opponents by a record 13.2 goals a game and set tournament records for goals (127) and goals per game (18.1).

Jenny Levy, North Carolina
A breakthrough season saw North Carolina take its first-ever NCAA tournament championship, upsetting the previously undefeated Maryland women 13-12 in triple-overtime to secure the title. Named the Tar Heels' first-ever women's lacrosse coach in 1994, Levy reached the 200-win plateau in 2011 and has brought UNC to four of the last five NCAA semifinals.

Cathy Reese, Maryland
Narrowly missing on a fifth perfect season in program history, Reese's Terrapins were 22-0 before North Carolina needed three overtimes to finally come out on top in the NCAA finals this spring. The trip to the final four was the fifth straight for Reese and the Terps, who were held to single-digit scoring just once on the season (an 8-3 win over Stony Brook) and boasted the Tewaaraton Award winner in Katie Schwarzmann.

Alexis Venechanos, Canada
While Canada fell to Team USA in the FIL World Cup finals, just making it to the marquee game on Saturday was a record for Canada, which had never finished higher than third in the tournament. Venechanos' Canada squad took a huge step by topping Australia by a goal in pool play, then repeating the feat 11-7 in the semifinals. They were Canada's first two wins in history over Australia.

Katie Woods, UConn
It was a season of firsts for the Huskies, as third-year coach Woods led UConn to a program-best 13-5 record and reached both the Big East and NCAA tournament for the first time. Woods was named the Big East Coach of the Year and saw her team take wins over ranked squads Boston College (No. 15) and Notre Dame (No. 7) on the road to the post season.

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