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Women’s lacrosse: Temple names Penn State grad Fernandez as assistant coach

Thursday, 22nd August 2013

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 8/22/13
From Press Release

Molly Fernandez, a 2013 graduate of Penn State University, has joined the Temple lacrosse staff as an assistant coach under eighth-year head coach Bonnie Rosen. Fernandez, who will work toward her master’s degree in educational leadership while at Temple, was a standout attacker for the Nittany Lions in her four-year career.

“I am so excited to welcome Molly to the Temple Lacrosse coaching staff,” said Rosen. “Molly brings with her the experience and leadership that comes with being a co-captain of an NCAA quarterfinal team. She has had an outstanding career as a lacrosse player which has been fueled by a competitive spirit and a true passion for the game. Her enthusiasm as a coach and her desire to help build a championship program are a perfect fit for Temple Lacrosse as we begin our journey into the BIG EAST.”

As a senior and team captain in 2013, Fernandez started in 20 games and ranked third on the team with 30 goals. She helped lead the Nittany Lions to a 14-7 record, their most wins since 1999, and to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals for a second straight year.

In her junior season, Fernandez led Penn State with 35 goals, recording at least a hat trick in five games. She scored a career-high five goals in a big win against Duquesne. Fernandez scored 11 goals as a sophomore. She was a standout freshman at Penn State, registering at least one point in all 17 starts. She was named the American Lacrosse Conference (ALC) Rookie of the Week three times, and ranked second on the team in points with 40, scoring 27 goals while adding 13 assists.

Fernandez, who was twice named to the ALC Academic Honor Roll, earned her bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation and human services from Penn State in May, 2013.

A native of Baltimore, Fernandez was a four-year letterwinner at the McDonogh School in Owings Mill, Md. She led her team to the IAAM ‘A’ Conference Championship for the first time in school history in her senior year and was named an Under Armour All-American as well as First Team All-Metro by the Baltimore Sun. In addition to playing for McDonogh, Fernandez played club lacrosse for the Skywalkers.



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