Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind., has appointed former Washington College coach Terry Corcoran as its first men's lacrosse coach. Corcoran, who leaves his position as Elizabethtown coach, brings 31 seasons of experience as a head coach to a Little Giants program that will move from club to varsity status in 2014-15.
“Terry Corcoran brings together the highest standards of coach and athlete, student and teacher, we expect at Wabash,” Wabash President Patrick E. White said. “Shaped by his collegiate days at Hobart College, one of America’s distinctive liberal arts colleges, and his career at several great colleges as a coach, Coach Corcoran has shown a relentless commitment to excellence and to fulfilling the highest imagination of what athletics can bring to the education of the whole man. I could not imagine a better choice as a coach to inaugurate Wabash College’s varsity lacrosse.”
From 1982 through 1994, Corcoran guided the Shoremen to the NCAA lacrosse tournament 10 times in 12 seasons, including four NCAA final appearances. He has coached 48 All-Americans, seven of his players earned Player of the Year honors at their position, and he coached a Division III National Player of the Year.
Corcoran has led teams to 273 victories, ranking him seventh among active NCAA Division III men’s lacrosse coaches and sixth among all-time Division III coaches with 10 or more seasons. He was named the Division III Lacrosse Coach of the Year in 1985 and 2005.
“This is an exciting opportunity,” Corcoran said. “During my visit I was impressed with everything I saw and everyone I met. It was very clear there is a tremendous sense of pride and commitment at Wabash — in academics and athletics. I believe that combination provides a foundation for unlimited success both academically and athletically.”
Former Hopkins star Durkin wins MLL honor
Hamilton defenseman Tucker Durkin (Johns Hopkins) was named the Major League Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week after anchoring the Nationals' defense in a 17-11 win over the Rochester Rattlers in Boca Raton, Fla., on Saturday. The rookie dominated the crease and helped hold the Rattlers to only six goals through the first three quarters. He also limited Rattlers leading scorer Ned Crotty to just one goal.
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The Nationals, off to a franchise-best 6-2 start, will host the Chesapeake Bayhawks on Saturday at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on The Lacrosse Network's YouTube channel at youtube.com/thelacrossenetwork.
4 locals join Penn State women
Penn State coach Missy Doherty announced that midfielder Steph Lazo (St. Mary's), defender Sarah Piazza (C. Milton Wright), midfielder Abby Smucker (C. Milton Wright) and defender Jane Truffer (Arschbishop Spalding) are among the incoming freshmen who will play for the Nittany Lions next season.
A member of the 2013 Under Armour South All-America team, Lazo played club for Maryland United 2013 East. She finished with 43 goals and eight assists as a senior.
A four-year starting defender at C. Milton Wright, Piazza helped lead the team to four state tournaments, including the 2010 state championship game. Her varsity and NEMS club teammate Smucker is a US Lacrosse All-American and was named team Most Valuable Player as a sophomore and junior.
A four-year starter, Truffer helped lead the Cavaliers to a 10-win improvement from 2011 to 2013. She also played for the Maryland United club team.
U.S. women to train at UMBC
The U.S. women’s national team, winner of six world championships, will train at UMBC for three days in advance of the Federation of International Lacrosse World Cup from July 11-20 in Oshawa, Ontario. Team USA will look to defend its 2009 gold medal earned in Prague, Czech Republic, and earn a record seventh world title.
The team will hold five training sessions at UMBC Stadium from Sunday, June 30, to Tuesday, July 2. Morning sessions on all three days take place from 9-11:30 a.m., with afternoon sessions running from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday and Monday.
In addition to training, US Lacrosse also will host “An Evening with Team USA,” an intimate fundraising dinner for local parents and youth players at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Johns Hopkins. The event will provide the local women’s lacrosse community with access to the nation’s top players, including local products Amber Falcone (Winters Mill), Kelly Berger (Hammond), Caitlyn McFadden (Notre Dame Prep/Maryland), Megan Huether (Maryvale Prep), Ally Carey (John Carroll), Katie Schwarzmann (Century/Maryland) and Kristen Carr (Mercy). Coach Ricky Fried of Columbia will lead the team.
To purchase tickets to “An Evening with Team USA,” visit uslacrosse.org/wntbaltimore.