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Kate Rowan Thomson

Katie Rowan Thomson returned to the Capital Region and the University at Albany in June of 2018 when she was hired as the Great Danes' women's lacrosse head coach.

On March 12, the 2020 season was cut short after five games due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and the subsequent decisions made by the NCAA and its member conferences and institutions to cancel spring events. UAlbany, picked second in the preseason conference poll and returned all but one player from the 2019 roster, had gone 3-2 before the season was ended. Senior Sam Tortora, who entered the season as the program’s career leader in assists, recorded her 100th career assist on March 11 at Siena, in what would become the final game of the season.

In Rowan Thomson’s first season, UAlbany finished 11-7 overall, qualifying for their ninth-straight America East title game. The Great Danes boasted eight America East All-Conference First Team selections, including Offensive Player of the Year Madison Conway. Additionally, midfielder Sam Tortora set the program’s career record for assists, setting up Conway to cap off a comeback victory against New Hampshire in the regular season, before settling on 92 assists through her junior year.

Rowan Thomson, a native of Delmar, N.Y., who was an assistant at UAlbany from 2011-2012, came to the Great Danes from Wagner, where she had served as head coach for the past three years, guiding the Seahawks to two Northeast Conference championships and NCAA Tournament appearances, including a preliminary round victory this past season.

Rowan Thomson, who was a three-time First-Team All-American at Syracuse before graduating in 2009, has plenty of championship experience.

The Bethlehem High School graduate (Class of 2005) has been to 11 NCAA Tournaments: three as a player, four as an assistant coach at her alma mater, two as an assistant at UAlbany and two more at Wagner. Rowan Thomson also won Federation of International Lacrosse World Cup gold medals with the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2009 and 2013.

Rowan Thomson has played and coached at the highest levels of college lacrosse.

At Syracuse, she led the nation in scoring in 2008 on her way to totaling 396 points (232 goals, 164 assists) in her career. She set Syracuse single-season records for points (142) and assists (69) in helping the Orange to the 2008 Final Four and was a four-time All-BIG EAST First-Team honoree.

After graduating with bachelor’s degrees in inclusive education/special education and sociology, she spent a year as a volunteer assistant coach with the Orange before taking a job at UAlbany before the 2011 season. That year, she helped the Great Danes win an America East championship, enjoy an 18-game win streak and reach the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals. UAlbany repeated as league champions and returns to the NCAAs in 2012.

Rowan Thomson returned to Syracuse as an assistant before the 2013 season. Working with the Orange’s offense, she coached three First-Team American attackers: Alyssa Murray, Kayla Treanor and Halle Majorana.

Rowan Thomson posted a 31-27 record at Wagner, a mark that includes a 14-6 campaign in 2018.

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Taylor Frink

Taylor Frink, an alum of the University at Albany in the Class of 2011, has returned to her alma mater and enters her third season as an assistant coach with the Great Danes in 2018.

In 2017, Frink assisted the offense to average 13.5 goals per game en route to a 12-6 overall record and the program's second-ever at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament. Sarah Martin earned America East Midfielder of the Year and a First Team All-American by the IWLCA and Inside Lacrosse after ranking second in Division I with 6.06 points per game. Two UAlbany players ranked in the top-10 in Division I in goals per game, assists per game and shot percentage. Offensive players Dakotah Savitcheff, Kenzie Neal and Emma Powlin also earned America East All-Conference honors.

In her first season as an assistant in 2016, Frink helped the UAlbany offense to rank second in the America East with 11.76 goals per game. Three UAlbany offensive players, Rachel Bowles, Alie Jimerson and Dakotah Savitcheff earned IWLCA All-Northeast Region honors plus America East All-Conference honors, with Bowles and Savitcheff each being placed on the First Team. She helped the team go 11-6 overall and reach the America East title game.

She previously spent three years as an assistant coach at Davidson University. With the Wildcats, Frink guided Davidson through the transition to the Atlantic 10 conference in 2015 from the Big South. Frink coached the Wildcats to a 13-1 record in Big South play from 2013-14. The 2014 squad set a new program record for total wins with 12 behind the offensive efforts of Ann Fucigna and Emily Cooke. The duo under Frink's direction now ranks first and second, respectively at Davidson in career points.

Frink spent the 2011-12 season at Longwood, where she coached two All-National Lacrosse Conference selections in Kathleen Battle and Hannah Riggs.

Frink was a key component of the regular season undefeated UAlbany women's lacrosse squad of 2011. She led the America East in points (83) and assists (49) en route to the Purple & Gold's first league tournament championship. At attack, she was a 2011 IWLCA All-Region selection as well as an America East All-Conference First Team selection her senior season.

Frink ranks among the program's all-time leaders in career points (171) and assists (82) in 66 games played in the Great Dane uniform. She was an integral part of UAlbany's first program wins in 2009 and 2011 against nationally-ranked opponents.

An Under Armour All-American out of high school, the Baldwinsville, N.Y., native received her degree in sociology from UAlbany in 2011

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