College of the Holy Cross

College of the Holy Cross Dept of Athletics
1 College Street Worcester, MA 01610
Division 1 Massachusetts Northeast
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Amanda Belichick

Amanda Belichick is currently in her fifth season at Holy Cross as the head coach of the women's lacrosse program in 2019-20. She is the sixth head coach in program history.

Belichick coached Connors to her second All-Patriot League honor and led the team to its fourth-consecutive IWLCA Academic Honor Squad in the 2019 season.

In the 2018 season, Belichick coached the Crusaders to their first Patriot League playoff appearance since the 2015 season. The Crusaders finished in sixth place in the league after being picked ninth in the preseason poll. Belichick coached Connors to a first team All-Patriot League selection and placed 30 student-athletes on the 2018 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, which was the second most in the league. That same season, Belichick saw Connors shatter the single-season draw control record with 93.

Belichick coached Tess Mackay and Anna Johnson to second team All-Patriot League honors. In Belichick's first season, the Crusaders defeated Navy for only the second time in program history with a 7-6 victory. Anna Johnson earned second team All-Patriot League accolades, while the team posted 19 student-athletes to the 2016 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, which were tied for the third most in the league.

During the 2014 and 2015 seasons, Belichick served as the head coach at her alma mater, Wesleyan University. She helped the Cardinals improve their national computer ranking from No. 49 in 2013 to as high as No. 17 in 2014, while facing schedules ranked in the top 20 in the nation in both 2014 and 2015.

Prior to her time at Wesleyan, Belichick spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Ohio State, where she served as the recruiting coordinator and offensive coordinator. The Buckeyes were consistently ranked in the top 20 throughout her tenure, reaching a high ranking of No. 10 twice during her time in Columbus. She coached three Tewaaraton Award nominees, four IWLCA All-Americans and 11 All-American Lacrosse Conference players. The Buckeyes were ranked No. 19 in the nation in scoring offense with 219 goals and 2.88 goals per game in 2012. Also in 2012 she coach Alayna Markwordt, who ranked third in the nation in points per game (5.29) and fifth in assists per game (2.88).

Previously, Belichick spent the 2010 season as an assistant coach at UMass, helping the Minutewomen win the Atlantic 10 Championship. She coached one U.S. National Team member, two IWLCA All-Americans and five All-Atlantic 10 players. She joined the UMass program after serving as head varsity girls’ lacrosse coach at Choate Rosemary Hall for two years.

Belichick earned a degree in history from Wesleyan in 2007. She was a four-year letterwinner on the Cardinals’ lacrosse team and was a team captain as a senior. Belichick tallied 47 goals and 25 assists for 72 points during her career, including a 52-point season in 2006.

Belichick is the daughter of New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick

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Jennifer Porretto

Jennifer Porretto is currently in her first season at Holy Cross as an assistant women's lacrosse coach in 2019-20.

Porretto joins the Crusaders after two seasons at the University of California-Berkeley as an assistant coach. At Cal, Porretto worked with the Golden Bears’ offense and helped guide the team to a 2018 Pac-12 Tournament appearance. In 2017 she helped lead the team to a MPSF Tournament for the first time since 2013.

In the 2016 season, Porretto served as a volunteer assistant coach at Ohio State.

As a player, Poretto was a two-time captain at Ohio State and is part of the Buckeyes’ winningest class in program history, with 45 victories. She helped the team to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances and was an All-Big Ten selection in 2015. Poretto finished her career with 101 goals and 31 assists and was a two-time IWLCA Academic Honor Roll member.

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Lauren Daly

Lauren Daly is currently in her first season at Holy Cross as an assistant women's lacrosse coach in 2019-20.

Daly joins the coaching staff after an impressive playing career at Boston College, where she played to a 34-4 career record. Daly played in three national championships and is part of the Eagles’ winningest class in program history at 71. In her career, Daly made 313 saves, ranking 6th all-time at Boston College. Daly is an IWLCA All-Northeast selection, All-ACC selection, and two-time ACC Academic Honor Roll member.

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