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Cathy Reese

One of the most decorated coaches at the collegiate level, former Maryland standout and four-time IWLCA National Coach of the Year Cathy Reese has had unprecedented success, standing as the all-time winningest coach in Maryland women's lacrosse history, leading the Terps to five National Championships, 11 Final Fours and 20 Conference Championships in 14 years as head coach.

In total as a student-athlete, assistant coach and head coach for the Terrapins, Reese has earned 12 NCAA Championships. Reese stands seventh all-time among women's lacrosse head coaches with 301 wins and was the fastest ever to 200, 250 and 300 wins.

Reese is a member of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame and was named the Inside Lacrosse Coach of the Decade for 2010-19, where she saw her program be named the Inside Lacrosse Program of the Decade (men's or women's) after going 215-14 with five national championships, 16 conference championships and 10 trips to the final four.

2019 was a banner year for Reese and the Terps as Maryland won the program's 15th national title, positing a 22-1 record. Reese became Maryland's all-time winningest coach with a win at #7 Virginia in April and led Maryland to an undefeated regular season and fifth consecutive Big Ten Regular Season Championship. Megan Taylor became the first ever goalie in lacrosse and sixth different Terp to win the Tewaaraton Award, while Reese was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year for the fourth straight season. Reese also bosted the Big Ten Midfielder of the Year Jen Giles, the Big Ten Defender of the Year Julia Braig and Big Ten Goaltender of the Year Megan Taylor. Reese capped the season with IWLCA Regional and National Coach of the Year honors.

Reese led Maryland to their 10th straight final four in the 2018 season, posting a 20-2 record. The Terps won their fourth consecutive Big Ten regular season title and third consecutive Big Ten tournament title. Going undefeated in College Park for the fifth straight season, Reese and the Terps defeated 15 top-25 opponents. Six Terps earned IWLCA All-American honors, the most for the program since 2014, while Reese was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year for the third straight season.

The Terps competed perfection in 2017 as the team went 23-0 and won the program’s 14th national title. Maryland won both the Big Ten regular season and tournament titles. Five Terps were honored as All-Americans while Maryland featured the IWLCA National Midfielder, Defender and Goalie of the Year in Zoe Stukenberg, Nadine Hadnagy and Megan Taylor. Zoe Stukenberg went on to win the Tewaaraton Award, Maryland’s sixth-straight honoree.

Maryland had a near-perfect season in 2016 as the Terps posted a 22-1 record with the only blemish coming in the national championship game. Maryland won the Big Ten regular season and tournament titles. Five Terps earned All-American honors while six players were named All-Big Ten. Taylor Cummings finished her playing career as the most decorated player in lacrosse, three-peating as the Tewaaraton and Honda Award winner and as the IWLCA National Midfielder of the Year. Alice Mercer garnered IWLCA National Defender of the Year honors.

The Terps garned their second-straight NCAA Championship in 2015 under Reese. Maryland posted a 21-1 overall record and earned the first-ever Big Ten Regular Season Championship with a 5-0 conference record. Reese was named the IWLCA National Coach of the Year for the third time while Taylor Cummings and Megan Douty repeated as the IWLCA National Midfielder and Defender of the Year, respectively. Five Terps were named IWLCA All-Americans while eight players earned All-Big Ten honors. Cummings repeated as the Tewaaraton Award and Honda Award winner while posting her best season to date under Reese.

Reese led the Terps to their second NCAA title in five years in 2014. Maryland garnered a 23-1 record on their way to a sixth consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference title in the team’s last season in the conference. Reese was named ACC Coach of the Year for a league-high seventh time. The Terps boasted six IWLCA All-Americans, including IWLCA National Midfielder of the Year Taylor Cummings and IWLCA National Defender of the Year Megan Douty. Cummings went on to become the first sophomore to earn the women’s Tewaaraton Award. Reese capped the season with IWLCA Regional and National Coach of the Year honors.

The Terps were near perfect in 2013, going 22-1 with its lone loss coming in heartbreaking fashion in overtime against North Carolina in the national title game. Maryland won its unprecedented fifth straight ACC title and senior Katie Schwarzmann won the Tewaaraton Award for the second straight year. The Terps boasted the IWLCA Midfielder and Attacker of the Year in Schwarzmann and Alex Aust. Taylor Cummings was named ACC Rookie of the Year.

Maryland captured its conference-record fourth consecutive ACC title in 2012 and landed in the final four for the fourth straight season. Reese mentored her second Tewaaraton winner - Katie Schwarzmann - and landed four student-athletes on the IWLCA All-America list.

Reese’s Terps won their third-straight conference championship in 2011 while landing in the final four of the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship for the third consecutive season. Maryland concluded the season with a 21-2 record, falling short in the title game to Northwestern. The Terps put together another stellar season, boasting two Tewaaraton finalists, an ACC Player of the Year and four IWLCA First Team All-Americans.

With the Terps falling just once in regular season play, Maryland wrapped up the 2010 campaign on a 10-game winning streak, which concluded in elation with a gallant comeback against five-time defending national champion Northwestern in the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship. Reese coached Maryland’s first Tewaaraton Award winner since Jen Adams as Caitlyn McFadden was tabbed the top player in all of women’s lacrosse. Four other Terrapins landed All-America status as well and Reese garnered IWLCA National Coach of the Year honors along with being named the top coach in the conference for the second straight season.

Reese had Maryland on the verge of perfection in 2009, leading the Terps to a 21-1 record, an NCAA Final Four trip and ACC Tournament and Regular Season championships. She boasted three Tewaaraton nominees, five All-Americans, five All-ACC honorees, the ACC Player and Rookie of the Year and the IWLCA Midfielder of the Year.

Reese returned to her alma mater in 2007 as the head coach and guided the Terps to a 16-4 record, including a first-place finish in the Atlantic Coast Conference at 4-1, earning the conference’s Coach of the Year award. Reese continued to move Maryland in a positive direction in 2008, steering the Terps to an 18-3 record and an Atlantic Coast Conference regular season title. Once again, Reese boasted some of the top talent in the nation as senior Dana Dobbie was tabbed ACC Player of the Year in addition to being named a finalist for the Tewaarton Trophy, given annually to the nation’s best player.

Reese returned to Maryland after spending her first three seasons as head coach at the University of Denver where she guided the Pioneers to their most successful season in school history in 2006 with a 16-5 record.

Prior to lifting the Denver program to national attention, Reese spent nine seasons in College Park, four as a student-athlete and five as an assistant coach. During that span, the women’s lacrosse program had one of the most successful streaks seen in collegiate women’s sports history. The Terps won seven national championships in her first nine years on campus.

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Lauri Kenis

Lauri Kenis joined the Maryland staff as an assistant coach in July 2007 and has helped lead the Terps to five national championships, 11 final fours and 19 conference championships in her 12 seasons. Kenis, who was an assistant at Maryland in 2004 and 2005, was a two-time consensus first team All-American defender at Virginia.

Known as a defensive maestro nationally, Kenis' units helped the Terps boast eight Big Ten titles since joining the conference in 2015, never losing a regular season game.

Kenis has coached eight Tewaaraton winners, seven IWLCA National Defenders of the Year, three IWLCA National Goaltenders of the Year, eight conference Defenders of the Year and four conference goaltenders of the Year. Maryland has had the Big Ten Defender of the Year in every season under Kenis.

Maryland is coming off the 2019 NCAA Championship, and Kenis' defense featured the first goalkeeper to ever win the Tewaaraton Award and the IWLCA National Player of the Year Megan Taylor and the IWLCA National Defender of the Year Julia Braig. The 2019 defensive unit was one of Kenis' best ever, limiting opponents to just over eight goals per game and holding 16 of 22 opponents to under 10 goals. Taylor led all power five goalies with a .551 save percentage and piled up the postseason honors, including being named the NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player after holding Boston College to just 10 goals in the title game.

Braig and Taylor led a young Maryland defense in 2018 as Maryland won another pair of Big Ten Championships and made their 10th-straight Final Four. Taylor was named the Big Ten Goaltender of the Year for the third season in a row and Braig earned Big Ten Defender of the Year honors for the first time. The two stars and sophomore Lizzie Colson, who was new on defense entering her sophomore year, all were named All-Americans.

Kenis' defense helped Maryland propel to an undefeated National Championship season in 2017. Led by Tewaaraton finalist and National Defender of the Year Nadine Hadnagy and National Goaltender of the Year Megan Taylor, the Maryland defense held 13 opponents to under 10 goals including Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship game, when the Terrapins held the crown in College Park. Taylor was third in the country with a .531 save percentage, tallying 213 saves as a sophomore.

Led by National Defender of the Year and Tewaaraton finalist Alice Mercer, Kenis led the best defense in the Big Ten and a top ten unit nationally in 2016, holding opponents to just 7.09 goals per game. Tewaaraton winner Taylor Cummings led the Big Ten in caused turnovers with 52 while freshman Megan Taylor had the best save percentage (.478) and goals against average (6.78) in the Big Ten, winning Big Ten Goaltender of the Year honors as a freshman. The Terps won their first Big Ten Tournament Championship holding Rutgers and Northwestern each to nine goals and made their eighth-straight final four, holding their opponents to just 6.67 goals per game en route.

Megan Douty was named the National Defender of the Year for the second year in a row in 2015 as Kenis and the Terps stood on top, winning the program's 13th national championship. The defense was fifth in the country, holding opponents to only 7.27 goals per game on way to a 22-1 record. In the NCAA Tournament, Maryland held every opponent under 10 goals including both Syracuse and North Carolina to eight in the Final Four. Douty and junior Alice Mercer were both named All-Americans as they led the Terrapin defense.

Iliana Sanza was named IWLCA National Defender of the Year in 2012 and newcomer Alice Mercer was an all-region pick in 2013 as only a rookie.

Kenis had Maryland's tenacious defense running on all cylinders again in 2011. Senior defender Katie Gallagher, an IWLCA Second Team All-American, led a defensive unit which surrendered a mere 6.78 goals per game. The Terps repeated as ACC champions for the third-straight season and also made their third consecutive trip to the NCAA Final Four.

Kenis has played an integral role in recruiting some of the best talent in the nation and across the globe to Maryland. Her efforts fully came to fruition in 2010 when the Terps hoisted the national championship trophy for the first time since 2001. Reese was named IWLCA National Coach of the Year as well as being tabbed the ACC's top coach for the second consecutive season. Kenis also helped mentor Karissa Taylor, who was named IWLCA National Defender of the Year, as the Terps racked up a sturdy sub-7 goals against average.

In 2008 and 2009, the Terps went a stellar 39-4, landing in the NCAA Quarterfinals in 2008 and the Final Four in 2009. Maryland captured the ACC Championship in 2009.

As an assistant at Denver, the Pioneers went 16-3 in 2007 and ranked ninth in the NCAA in scoring defense, allowing just 8.86 goals per game. The Pioneers also ranked 17th in caused turnovers per game. In 2006, Kenis' Pioneer defense ranked 13th in the country allowing 8.65 goals per outing as they went 15-5 under Reese who was head coach there for three years.

Kenis aided the Terrapins to a 27-12 record and a pair of NCAA appearances in her first stint as an assistant coach in 2004 and 2005 under Cindy Timchal. In 2004, Kenis guided one of the top defenses in the nation as the Terps allowed just 7.90 goals per game which was tops in the ACC and fifth in the nation. In 2005, the Maryland defense again held opponents under 10 goals per game as it allowed 9.21 per outing.

As a student-athlete, Kenis helped the Virginia Cavaliers to a pair of NCAA finals appearances and also led them to two berths in the ACC finals. The four-year letterwinner was a two-time all-conference honoree while earning NCAA and ACC All-Tournament accolades.

Kenis ranks third all-time in Virginia history with 107 caused turnovers and started every game in her final two seasons in Charlottesville. She was a two-time member of the Virginia All-State team and ranked second on the team in ground balls and caused turnovers in her junior and senior seasons.

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