Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 12/27/13
Kate Henwood won her share of big games while coaching the girls’ lacrosse team at Garnet Valley to consecutive states titles in 2011 and 2012. Now she has been recognized for winning the Lacrosse Magazine #BestOfLax upset of the year.
The game that served as the clear highlight of Henwood’s first year as coach at Division I UC Davis occurred on April 25 when her Aggies hosted eventual Mountain Pacific Sports Federation champion Stanford in the last regular season game of the year. Henwood’s team was 5-9 entering play with two league wins. But the Aggies had been playing better down the stretch, winning two of three, and was primed to make some noise.
UC Davis had never beaten a Top 20 IWLCA poll team in its history and had not beaten mighty Stanford (ranked No. 14 in the nation at the time) in 13 years. But on this day, the 15-14 UC Davis overtime win was one for the ages.
Hannah Mirza scored the goal that sent the game into overtime and assisted on the tying goal in OT that led to Elizabeth Datino’s game-winner.
The Aggies led at halftime and then extended the lead to 11-6, but the Cardinal roared back to take a late lead. But a Mary Doyle draw control led to Mirza’s tying goal before Stanford again took the lead, in OT. With 53 seconds remaining in OT, Mirza fed Meghan Jordan for a 14-14 tie and with the clock ticking down, senior attack Datino tallied the game-winner with just 2.5 seconds left.
“I was thrilled to accomplish such an unlikely feat in our staff’s first year at the helm,” said Henwood, the Phillylacrosse.com Coach of the Year in 2011. “It was a huge boost of confidence for our players and helped them realize that hard work translates to outcomes.”
Henwood, a La Salle University grad and former Villanova assistant who also graduated from Garnet Valley, said this year she expects her team to be more than an underdog.
“We are also coming off a great Fall Ball and have used last year’s upset as a springboard into 2014,” she said. “Being an underdog has its perks, but I hope we earn accolades in other categories in the near future.”
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