Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 10/5/22
From Press Release
Sophie Bass has been named the interim head coach of the Widener University women’s lacrosse program, Widener Director of Athletics Jack Shafer has announced.
Bass takes over as head coach after serving as an assistant coach for the Pride for the last three seasons. With Bass on staff, the Pride have won 15 games, qualified for the MAC Commonwealth tournament twice, and advanced to the MAC Commonwealth semifinals in 2021. In 2021, Bass also helped Widener beat Stevenson, 8-7, in overtime for the first time in program history and beat Lebanon Valley, 12-10, for the first time since 2010.
Bass has also coached eight All-Conference athletes (four First-Team athletes and four Second-Team athletes), including 2022 MAC Commonwealth Defensive Player of the Year Maddie Medve. She also coached one IWLCA All-Region selection in Medve (2022).
Prior to working as an assistant coach, Bass had a standout career at Albright College as a midfielder, earning All-MAC Commonwealth First Team Honors as a junior and senior and All-MAC Commonwealth Honorable mention as a sophomore. She was selected to play in the IWLCA Senior All-Star Game, earned IWLCA All-Metro Region Second Team Honors in 2019 and was named to the All-ECAC Second Team in 2019. Bass played and started in all 71 of her Lions games during her college career. She etched her name among the best and ended her career with 165 goals, 77 assists, 242 points. Bass is Albright’s all-time leader in career points (242), assists in a season (41) and career assists (77).
A Westfield, N.J. native, Bass graduated from Albright College in May 2019 with honors and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. In December 2021, she received her master’s in sports management with a concentration in Intercollegiate Athletics Administration from California University of Pennsylvania.
Bass replaces Kate Iorfino, who recently stepped down from her position in the program after six seasons.
In her six seasons, Iorfino guided the Pride to three MAC Commonwealth tournament appearances and two MAC Commonwealth semifinal appearances in 2019 and 2021, becoming only the second Widener head coach to help them reach the conference tournament’s final four in program history. Iorfino also earned the MAC Commonwealth Coach of the Year in 2019 after leading the Pride to their first playoff appearance since 2013 and their first postseason victory since 1984. In 2021, Widener beat two quality conference opponents under Iorfino, as it topped Stevenson, 8-7, in overtime for the first time in program history and beat Lebanon Valley, 12-10, for the first time since 2010.