PW, Temple grad Ciarocca lands seven recruits at Delaware
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/2/09
University of Delaware women’s coach Kim Ciarrocca has announced the signing of seven current high school standouts that will attend UD next fall and compete for the Blue Hens.
Ciarrocca is a graduate of Plymouth Whitemarsh and formerly the coach of Division III national champion Ursinus College as well as her alma mater, Temple, where she was a two-time All-American and a national champion.
This year’s Delaware recruiting class includes Angela Biciocchi from Potomac, Md. (Winston Churchill High School), Meghan McNeil from Bel Air, Md. (Liberty HS), Kelsey Kaminsky from South Lyon, Mich. (South Lyons HS), Brittany Griel from Fairfax, Va. (Chantilly HS), Kate Helmig from Chatham, N.J. (Chatham HS), Morgan Leonard from Baltimore, Md. (Liberty HS), and Lindsay Dockman from Lutherville, Md. (Notre Dame Prep).
Ciarrocca has enjoyed outstanding success during her 17-year career as a college head coach, leading squads at Ursinus College (1990), Muhlenberg (1991), Randolph-Macon Woman’s College (1992), and Temple (1993-2004). Her overall head coaching record stands at 193-123, including a mark of 133-77 at Temple.
While at Temple, Ciarrocca’s squads dominated the Atlantic 10 Conference, winning six straight league regular season titles between 1999-2004 and advancing to the NCAA Tournament seven times in her last nine years. Her teams advanced to the NCAA tournament three straight seasons in 1996, 1997, and 1998 with the 1997 squad posting a 14-3 record and competing in the NCAA semifinals.
She coached more than 20 All-Americans, was named Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year in 2001, and Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year in 1997.
Meanwhile, Ciarrocca’s Blue Hens posted an 11-6 record in 2008 and placed fourth in the Colonial Athletic Association standings with a 4-3 mark. Delaware battled tough but fell to host William & Mary 15-14 in the semifinals, just missing out on a trip to the league title game for the first time since the 1999 season.
Ciarrocca began her head coaching career at Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA where she led the Bears to a 14-3 record and the NCAA Division III national title with 7-6 win over St. Lawrence in her only season in 1990.
She was named the Pennsylvania Association for Intercollegiate Athletics Women’s Coach of the Year for her efforts and her team was later honored by President George Bush at the White House for its accomplishment.
A native of Conshohocken, PA, the former Kim Lambdin was a standout at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School and followed with an outstanding two-sport career at Temple.
As a goalkeeper and co-captain in field hockey, she was a two-time All-American in 1986 and 1987 and established school record for career saves (751) and shutouts (28). In lacrosse, she led Temple to a four-year record of 83-7 in 1984-88 with the 1988 squad capturing the NCAA national title.
She was a two-time lacrosse All-American in 1987 and 1988 and ranks seventh on Temple’s all-time scoring list with 207 points on 162 goals and 45 assists. She was inducted into the Temple University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Plymouth Whitemarsh High School Hall of Fame in 2004. In addition, she was a member of the U.S. National Lacrosse Team in 1988-92 and led the 1989 squad to the World Championship.
“This year’s class consists of all midfielders and defensive players,” said Ciarrocca, who has posted a record of 35-32 in four seasons at the helm at UD and has led the Blue Hens to three Colonial Athletic Association semifinal appearances. “I am very excited to coach them, because they all are very talented athletes. They all have exceptional speed and quickness and will have a strong impact on the team.”