Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/29/16
From Press Release
Duke University women’s lacrosse head coach Kerstin Kimel (Haverford High) has announced the addition of Lars Keil to the Blue Devil coaching staff, as well as the promotion of Lauren Morton (Gwynedd Mercy Academy) to associate head coach.
An assistant coach at Duke for the past two seasons, Morton has guided the Blue Devils to a 27-14 mark and an NCAA semifinals appearance in 2015. Under her tutelage, attackers Kerrin Maurer (first team), and Kyra Harney (third team) and midfielder Maddie Crutchfield (second team) have all garnered All-America laurels from the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA). This past spring, Morton saw Harney become only the sixth player in program history to reach the 100-point mark for her career in her second season and Olivia Jenner break Duke’s single season draw controls record as a rookie.
“I am pleased to elevate Lauren to the role of associate head coach,” Kimel said. “She has worked tirelessly since joining our program two years ago and has had an incredible impact on our players and the program as a whole. She strives every day to improve as a coach and to challenge our players to be the best they can be on the field, in the classroom and in life. I look forward to our continued work together as we develop the 2016-17 team and ambitiously pursue our potential this coming season.”
Morton came to Durham after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Georgetown University, where she worked primarily with the team’s offensive unit. During her two years in Washington, D.C., the Hoyas compiled a 24-15 record and made back-to-back trips to the NCAA Tournament, reaching the second round of the championship in 2014. Morton oversaw two All-America and 11 All-BIG EAST selections and directed an offense that averaged 12.00 goals per game in that time.
Prior to joining the Hoyas, Morton served as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Boston University, for the 2011 and 2012 campaigns. During her tenure in Boston, the Terriers captured the 2012 America East regular season title and went 10-2 in conference play, including posting a 6-0 mark in 2012. While at Boston University, she coached three IWLCA All-Region honorees and one All-American in Danielle Etrasco.
Morton began her collegiate coaching career at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., helping guide the Leopards from 2008-10. She has also previously been involved with Ultimate Goal Lacrosse in Philadelphia, an organization that helps athletes ages 12-18 focus on all aspects of development, communication and teamwork.
A 2008 graduate of Boston University, Morton was a four-year letterwinner and two-time captain for the Terriers in the midfield. She received All-America recognition from the IWLCA as a senior, in addition to earning a spot on the all-region first team and being named the team’s most valuable player. Morton collected all-region second team honors her junior year and was selected to the America East All-Rookie Team following her freshman season.
As a senior at Boston University, Morton was selected the recipient of the Aldo “Buff” Donelli Leadership Award, presented to a senior who demonstrated outstanding leadership both on and off the field, as well as the John B. Simpson Award, given to both a male and female senior who demonstrates enthusiasm and leadership. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the university.