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Stanford’s Bokker (Phoenixville), BU’s Robertshaw (Strath Haven) named as assistants for US Women’s Elite Team for 2009-2013

Saturday, 29th August 2009

Categories Features, Girl's/Women's, Posted 8/29/09

Stanford coach Amy Bokker (Phoenixville High graduate) and Boston University coach Liz Robertshaw (Strath Haven) will serve as assistant coaches under head coach Ricky Fried for the U.S. Women’s National Elite Team for 2009-2013, US Lacrosse announced Friday.

Jessica Wilk Strosberg also will serve as an assistant coach and Wendy Stone has been named manager of the U.S. Elite Team.

Bokker a 1991 Honorable Mention All-American at Phoenixville, will enter her second year at Stanford University this spring. She was named the 2009 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Coach of the Year after Stanford won its conference championship and finished the season ranked No. 13  in the country.

Bokker served as head coach at George Mason from 1998 to 2008. During her tenure at George Mason, Bokker’s squads maintained their status as one of the nation’s elite programs, with six top-20 national finishes, including a final national ranking of No. 16 in 2008 when the Patriots went 12-5, setting a school record for single-season victories.

During her 11 seasons at George Mason, Bokker compiled an 86-94 record and left as the winningest coach in the program’s history. Bokker served as assistant coach for Team Canada during the 2009 FIL World Cup.

Robertshaw was an assistant to Bokker at George Mason after a standout career at GMU. As a senior at George Mason, Robertshaw amassed many accolades, including being named a USWLA All-American — the first one in Patriot history. She also garnered Brine/IWLCA Honorable Mention All-America honors, and second-team All-South Region. Her junior year, Robertshaw was named a USWLA Honorable Mention All-American.

Robertshaw was named America East Coach of the Year in 2009 in her third season as BU head coach. Robertshaw has been a driving force behind the emergence of the Terriers onto the national scene and has led BU to America East championships in each of her first three seasons at the helm. A 10-year coaching veteran at the Division I level, Robertshaw served as the Terriers’ top assistant for three seasons and was elevated to associate head coach before being named head coach on Sept. 1, 2006.

Last season, the Terriers were undefeated in America East regular-season play for the second year in a row and won their fifth straight America East championship, advancing to the NCAA tournament for the seventh time this decade. Robertshaw has led BU to a 46-13 (.780) record in her three years at the helm. Over the past five years, the Terriers have gone 79-20 (.798) and achieved a ranking as high as third in the country.

Also last season, Robertshaw was tabbed to coach the North team in the annual IWLCA/Under Armour Division I North-South Senior All-Star Game.

Jessica Wilk Strosberg had a standout career with the U.S. national team, playing on the 1993, 1997, 2001 and 2005 World Cup teams. Wilk won three World Cups with the U.S. team and was named to the all-world team following the 2005 World Cup. She was an All-American goalie at Maryland (1990) where she won an NCAA Division I national championship and served as team captain.

In 1998, she won the Beth Allen award at the US Lacrosse Women’s Division National Tournament. In 2007 Wilk also served as assistant coach of the U.S. Under-19 World Championship winning team. Wilk was inducted into the University of Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005 and will be inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2009.

Stone was the manager of the 2009 U.S. Women’s World Cup team. She served as head women’s varsity lacrosse coach at the Birkshire School (Sheffield, Mass.) from 2007-2009. Stone currently serves as coach of the Lower New England teams for the US Lacrosse Women’s Division National Tournament and of the LadyRoc Rubies (2010) team. Stone is a 2005 graduate of Williams College where she played lacrosse, field hockey and ice hockey.

Fried was named head coach of the 2009-2013 U.S. Women’s National Elite Team in July after a six month-long selection process, which concluded following the 2009 Federation of International Lacrosse World Cup, where Fried served as one of the assistant coaches to the gold medal winning U.S. team. In five seasons as the head coach at Georgetown, Fried has led the Hoyas to a record of 62-30, three Big East conference championships and two trips to the NCAA quarterfinals. In 2009, the Hoyas went 13-6 and reached the NCAA tournament.

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