By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 11/11/11
Caitlin Barbakoff, who led Downingtown East to a District 1 girls’ lacrosse championship and a berth in the state finals last season, has resigned for personal reasons.
Barbakoff posted an 82-21 record in four years at Downingtown East. Her Cougars won their first Ches-Mont and district titles last year and finished 25-2, posting the second highest win total of any team in the nation.
Barbakoff was a High Honorable Mention pick for Phillylacrosse.com Coach of the Year honors. She also has served as head coach of the Philly team at the Under Armour Underclassmen Games the past two years.
Her replacement is West Chester University Christy Somits, who led fellow Ches-Mont League member West Chester East to a 10-9 record and a berth in the District 1 tournament last year in her only season there. Somits had been coach at Villa Maria Academy, guiding the Hurricanes to a record of 46-13 in three seasons.
Barbakoff said she is proud of the accomplishments made by Downingtown East in her tenure.
“I am happy with out overall record over the four years and the fact we got stronger each season,” she said. “Every year we raised our expectations and raised the level of play.
“I also think we worked really hard to build the team concept. Each year we had standouts, but we built the team concept and tried also to build the depth in the program.”
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