Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/4/10
From Press Releases and Staff Reports
West Chester University has announced that lacrosse standouts Erika Baker Frank (Springside School graduate/Shipley School girls’ coach) and Kati Coll Dougherty (Springfield-Montco grad) are two of the six people that will be inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame.
The induction ceremony will be held on Saturday at Penn Oaks Country Club on Route 202 in West Chester. The Class of 2010 will be introduced to the West Chester University community at halftime of the Golden Rams’ men’s basketball game versus Millersville that afternoon.
Baker Frank (Class of ’94) and Coll Dougherty (’97) are joined by Gary Anderson (’68, gymnastics), Tom Carter (’86, tennis), Darlene Deeley Malone (’84, gymnastics) and Lisa Young Butler (’84, cross country, track & field). Also being inducted is the 1950 Chester State College men’s soccer squad, which was declared national champions that season. That squad, which finished a perfect 9-0 that fall, becomes the first team to be inducted as a whole into the West Chester University Athletics Hall of Fame.
Only athletes that graduated from WCU were considered and only those 10 years removed from their playing days were eligible.
Here are brief bios on the two lacrosse inductees:
ERIKA BAKER FRANK (Class of ’94)
Original Hometown/High School: Philadelphia, Pa./Springford School
Current Residence: Bryn Mawr, Pa.
The school’s all-time leading scorer upon graduation, Erika Baker tallied 314 career points on the strength of 191 goals and 123 assists during her stellar playing career. She was a 1993 All-America selection by two separate organizations (IWLCA and USWLCA) as well as the PSAC Athlete of the Year. Baker led West Chester University to three consecutive PSAC championships and helped the Golden Rams claim the ECAC Division II championship in 1991. Her school and conference records of 82 goals in a single season and 314 career points stood for more than a decade before being surpassed. She still stands fifth all-time in scoring in the PSAC and fourth all-time at WCU.
Erika Baker Frank is currently in her 15th year as head coach of the girls’ varsity lacrosse program at The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr where she has tutored numerous academic All-Americans and sent players to Division I powers such as Duke, Virginia, Lafayette and Colgate, along with many other Division III powerhouses Middlebury, Trinity, Amherst and Bowdoin. During her tenure, she has guided The Shipley School to a number of conference championships, including the Friends Schools league title in 2007.
KATI COLL DOUGHERTY (Class of ’97)
Women’s Field Hockey, Women’s Basketball, Women’s Lacrosse
Original Hometown/High School: Oreland, Pa./Springfield-MONTCO
Current Residence: Oreland, Pa.
Believed to be the last three-sport athlete in West Chester University intercollegiate varsity athletics history, Kati Coll was an all-star on the field hockey and lacrosse pitch while also starring in the gym on the women’s basketball team during her college days. Coll was a two-time IWLCA Division II All-American in women’s lacrosse (1996, 1997) and a two-time Mideast All-Region selection in field hockey (1995, 1996) while being named the school’s female athlete of the year in 1996. She led the field hockey squad in scoring her senior year, posted 35 goals in 43 career games on the lacrosse pitch and registered 113 career steals during her basketball career.
Coll was a three-time, first-team All-PSAC selection in lacrosse and the PSAC rookie of the year in 1995. She was also named the PSAC Championship Game MVP, leading West Chester to the title in 1997. She started all but one game during her lacrosse career and started every field hockey contest her sophomore, junior and senior seasons, competing for the Division I Golden Rams’ program. West Chester’s lacrosse program won three consecutive PSAC championships, running up a 14-1 record against conference opponents during Coll’s career.
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