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Women’s lacrosse: King’s names former Ursinus College great Patton head coach

Saturday, 25th June 2011

Categories College, Girl's/Women's  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/25/11
From Press Releases

King’s College director of athletics Cheryl Ish has announced the hiring of former Ursinus College great Laura Patton as the new head coach of the college’s women’ lacrosse program.

New King's College coach Laura Patton (Ursinus)

Patton will succeed Laurie Anthony, who stepped down after four years at King’s, to further her education in graduate school. Patton comes to King’s after serving as the lead assistant coach at Susquehanna University the past three years.

Patton was a four-year player and three-year starter at Ursinus and helped the Bears to a combined 39-28 overall record as well as a 24-12 mark in Centennial Conference competition, including three playoff berths in 2005-07. Patton, who served as a team tri-captain during her senior season in 2008, totaled 49 ground balls, 22 caused turnovers, and 10 draw controls from her defensive position. In 2006 and 2007, she was named most valuable teammate by her coaches and teammates.

In addition, she received the Ursinus Student Athlete Advisory Committee Sportsmanship Award and made the college’s athletic honor roll every season. Dean’s List student, Patton graduated from Ursinus with a 3.51 overall grade-point average with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Exercise and Sport Science. She also received the Ursinus College Achievement Award.

As a member of the coaching staff at Susquehanna, Patton was involved in all aspects of the women’s program, including coaching, conditioning, practice and game-day planning, budgeting, travel preparation, and recruiting. During her time at Susquehanna, the Crusaders tallied a combined 24-22 record, including a semi-final berth in the 2010 Landmark Conference Tournament.

“We are thrilled to have Laura Patton join our athletic department staff as head coach of women’s lacrosse,” King’s director of athletics Cheryl Ish stated. “Our team took a big step forward this past spring and I am confident that Laura is the right person to continue to build this program.

“Laura truly believes in the Division III philosophy and will be a great mentor to our student-athletes on and off the field. Furthermore, she is a great fit for King’s and will no doubt be an asset to our college community.

“With several retuning players and a slate of new players coming in, the future looks bright for women’s lacrosse at King’s. This is an exciting time for the program and we are glad Laura will be here to lead the team to new levels of success.”

At King’s, Patton will take over a Lady Monarch program that comes off a 6-9 overall record while finishing 4-8 in Middle Atlantic Conference play. The Lady Monarchs, however, have not qualified for the MAC playoffs since earning back-to-back berths in 2005 and 2006. King’s will return five of the team’s top seven scorers, including juniors Chelsea Manes (56 points) and Krystina Villarreal (44 points), who ranked as the top two scorers on the squad.

“I feel extremely grateful to have been given the opportunity to lead the women’s lacrosse program at King’s College,” Patton said. “The prospect of being a part of the growth of the sport at King’s and in the surrounding area contributed to my attraction to the position. I am excited to build upon the progress that the team has shown in the past season and look forward to working with the current players as well as future recruits.

“With keeping an eye on the fact that this is a growing program with much potential, I want the team to reach a level of play that will enable King’s to make a mark in the Middle Atlantic Conference. My long term goal consists of influencing my student athletes to be the best lacrosse players they can be and, more importantly, the best people they can be.

“I appreciate the support that I have received from the Athletic Director, Cheryl Ish, and the rest of the athletic department. King’s College is a great fit for me, as I am convinced that the Division III philosophy of encouraging the well-rounded student-athlete holds true for the institution.”

Patton is a 2004 graduate of Pennsauken High School, Pennsauken, NJ, where she was a three-year varsity performer.

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