HOBOKEN, N.J. - The Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association named Stevens Institute of Technology head coach Celine Cunningham (Union City, N.J.) the Boardwalk Region Coach of the Year after leading the Ducks to the Empire 8 title and the program’s first-ever NCAA Division III Women’s Lacrosse Championship victory. Stevens finished the year with an overall record of 17-3 and a national ranking of No. 9.
Stevens set program records for wins and captured its first Empire 8 title after defeating Rochester Institute of Technology and Ithaca College in the conference tournament. The Ducks defeated two top-10 teams in eighth-ranked Union College and No. 3 The College of New Jersey during the regular season and downed Montclair State University in the first round of the tournament.
Three of her players earned All-America accolades, including one first-teamer, six players were All-Boardwalk Region, and six players were also named All-Empire 8.
Stevens outscored its opponents by 99 goals 286-187, had a margin of victory of 4.95 goals per game and four players recorded more than 50 points.
The Ducks finished the year ranked fourth in winning percentage (0.85), 13th in points (430), 25th in draw controls per game (15), 32nd in scoring margin, 36th in defense, 38th in offense, and 42nd in caused turnovers.
In addition the team was an IWLCA Academic Squad for achieving a cumulative grade-point average above 3.0. Cunningham, who will be in her ninth season in 2011, has had her team honored by the IWLCA in each of her previous eight seasons.
“It is an honor to be recognized for this award,” Cunningham said. It’s really an award for our coaching staff and 26 players who worked hard from the minute they stepped on campus last September. All the awards and accomplishments we had last year were due to every member on our team challenging themselves and their teammates to get better on the field, in the weight room, and in the classroom.”
Cunningham has 109 wins as coach of the Ducks and a winning percentage of .751.
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Based in Hoboken, N.J. and with a location in Washington, D.C., Stevens offers baccalaureate, master’s, certificates and doctoral degrees in engineering, the sciences and management, in addition to baccalaureate degrees in business and liberal arts. Stevens has been recognized by both the US Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Excellence in the areas of systems engineering and port security research. The University has a total enrollment of more than 2,200 undergraduate and 3,700 graduate students with almost 450 faculty. Stevens’ graduate programs have attracted international participation from China, India, Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America as well as strategic partnerships with industry leaders, governments and other universities around the world. Additional information may be obtained at www.stevens.edu and www.stevens.edu/news.