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Morton (Gwynedd Mercy Academy) returned to alma mater as BU head coach

Thursday, 2nd August 2018

Categories College, Girl's/Women's  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/2/18
From Press Release

Former Boston University women’s lacrosse All-American Lauren Morton (Gwynedd Mercy Academy 2004 alum, Ultimate Goal Lacrosse) has returned to the program to become the next head coach of the Terriers, director of athletics Drew Marrochello announced recently.

Lauren Morton returned to BU, her alma mater, as head coach

Morton, who most recently was the associate head coach at Duke, served as an assistant coach for the Terriers from 2010-12. She becomes the fifth head coach in program history – and first alumna to serve in the role.

A 2008 IWLCA All-America midfielder, Morton served as a team captain her final two seasons at BU and helped the Terriers earn four straight America East tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearances, reaching the national quarterfinals twice. She was on the field for all three of the NCAA Tournament wins in program history and received IWLCA all-region honors as both a junior (second team) and a senior (first team).

“On behalf of our entire department and university, it is a pleasure to welcome back Lauren to BU,” said Marrochello. “Based on the impressions she left here as a student-athlete and an assistant, it is no surprise that she has put herself in position to take over this program and will aspire to achieve as a head coach the type of success she did as a student-athlete.

“Lauren is a true competitor and she is equally beloved and respected by teammates, players, colleagues and administrators. She is thrilled to once again return here, and we couldn’t be happier to have her back.”

Morton graduated as the program’s all-time record holder in draw controls with 182 and accounted for 179 points, 160 goals, 144 ground balls and 92 caused turnovers throughout her career, all of which currently rank within the top-10 all-time in BU annals.

Morton replaced 15-year coach Liz Robertshaw (Strath Haven), who served as coach at BU for 15 years. Robertshaw owned a 129-92 overall record, leading the Terriers and a 61-24 mark in conference play.

Robertshaw owned a 129-92 overall record leading the Terriers and a 61-24 mark in conference play. She led her team to winning seasons in nine of her 12 years as head coach and also guided the Terriers to perfect seasons in conference play on three occasions (2008, 2009 and 2012).

“It is a great honor and privilege to have the opportunity to return to Boston and lead the BU Women’s Lacrosse program,” said Morton. “I am incredibly humbled and would like to thank President Robert A. Brown, Senior Vice President Todd Klipp, Drew Marrochello and all of the wonderful people at BU for this opportunity. This is a very special and exciting time for me as BU has always been my second home and this is a dream come true.”

Morton has been on Duke’s staff since 2014 and was the program’s associate head coach the past two years. In her first season in Durham, she aided the Blue Devils’ run to the NCAA semifinals as the offense produced 12.38 goals per game. In 2017, Duke earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament for the 19th time in program history while Olivia Jenner set the program’s single-season draw control record (110).

During her tenure at Duke, Morton coached five All-Americans, 10 IWLCA All-South Region honorees and 11 All-ACC selections.

Morton began her collegiate coaching career within the Patriot League, as she served as an assistant coach at Lafayette from 2008-10 before returning to her alma mater as an assistant for the Terriers.

Over her two-year span on the sidelines in Boston, the Terriers captured the 2012 America East regular-season title and went 10-2 in conference play. Additionally, she coached three IWLCA All-Northeast Region honorees and one All-American in Danielle Etrasco.

The Glenside native also spent two seasons as an assistant at Georgetown from 2012-14. While she was in the nation’s capital, the Hoyas compiled a 24-15 record and made back-to-back trips to the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the second round 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.

“I would like to thank all of the wonderful coaches who helped to mold and mentor me as well as all of the coaches that I have worked for along the way,” added Morton. “I am indebted to Ali Fisher, Liz Robertshaw, Ricky Fried and Kerstin Kimel. I cannot express my appreciation and gratitude for the lessons they have bestowed upon me and how they have prepared me for this opportunity.

“I am very excited to lead a new chapter for BU Women’s Lacrosse and can’t wait to work with and serve these amazing young women every day.”

Morton graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences in 2008 with a degree in psychology. She becomes the fifth former BU athlete among current head coaches in the department, joining Brian Durocher (women’s ice hockey), Albie O’Connell (men’s ice hockey), Marisa Moseley (women’s basketball) and Lesley Sheehan (women’s tennis).

As a senior, she 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.

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