September 14, 2011

Dowd Joins Syracuse Staff

from press release

– Syracuse head women's lacrosse coach Gary Gait has announced that Katrina Dowd will join his coaching staff as an assistant coach. Dowd enjoyed a standout career at Northwestern, where she helped the Wildcats to three consecutive national championships from 2007-10.

"Katrina will add tremendous value to our coaching staff," Gait said. "Our players are very fortunate to have her as a coach who will help take them to the next level."

Dowd is the NCAA Tournament career leader in goals (45) and ranks fourth in points (52). She was an All-America First Team selection in 2009 and earned the NCAA Tournament Most Valuable Player Award after leading Northwestern to its fifth consecutive national title. In 2010, Dowd was named the IWLCA Attacker of the Year and was a finalist for the Tewaaraton Trophy, which is presented to the top collegiate player each year. She was again named to the All-America First Team after recording 110 points on 77 goals and 33 assists. Dowd also earned the American Lacrosse Conference's Player of the Year award and was named the MVP of the conference tournament.

In addition, Dowd has been a member of the U.S. national team since 2008, and was chosen as an alternate on the 2009 U.S. FIL World Cup Championship squad.

"I am excited and thankful to have the opportunity to coach at Syracuse University," Dowd said. "Syracuse is a premier institution both academically and athletically, and is built on a tradition of success. I am excited to work alongside Gary Gait and Regy Thorpe to bring the women's lacrosse program to the next level. "

Dowd served as a volunteer assistant for the University of Denver last season where she coached the Pioneers' offense and helped implement new attacking strategies and develop an offensive philosophy. Dowd has also worked as a men's and women's lacrosse brand manager for Harrow Sports since 2010.

A native of Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Dowd earned her bachelor's degree in communications studies from Northwestern in 2010.

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