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Boston University Department of Athletics
285 Babcock Street Boston, MA 02215
Division 1 Massachusetts Northeast
Private Large National competitor

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Lauren Morton

Former Boston University women's lacrosse All-American Lauren Morton (CAS '08) was named the fourth head coach of the program on June 15, 2018. She will enter her fifth season at the helm in 2023.


During Morton's tenure, BU has garnered 13 All-Patriot League selections, including six First Team honorees. In the classroom, BU improved on its Patriot League Academic Honor Roll totals each year from 2019-21, including a program-record 27 for the 2020-21 academic year.


In 2022, Morton oversaw the development of Jennifer Barry, who went on to receive Inside Lacrosse Media All-American Third Team and IWLCA All-Region Second Team honors after setting the single-season program and Patriot League record with 156 draw controls, while also breaking the program record for career draw controls. Barry also earned a spot on the Academic All-Patriot League Team, while Lauren Kaye collected her first-career All-Patriot League Second Team accolade.


In an abbreviated 2021 season, Morton guided BU to a 3-2 Patriot League record to reach the Patriot League Tournament. Four Terriers collected All-Patriot League recognition, featuring Emily Vervlied's selection to the First Team in addition to her IWLCA All-Region Second Team honor.


In her first season at the helm of the Terriers in 2019, Morton guided BU to its best season since 2011 with an 11-7 record. Additionally, BU matched its best conference record since joining the Patriot League with a 6-3 mark. Under Morton's tutelage, Kailey Conry led the NCAA with 3.67 assists per game. Furthermore, Conry and Tonianne Magnelli earned IWLCA All-Northeast Region honors, while four Terriers were named to All-Patriot League postseason teams.


Morton, who was the associate head coach at Duke prior to taking the helm at BU, served as an assistant coach for the Terriers from 2010-12.


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).


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 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, Pennsylvania, 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.


Morton graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences in 2008 with a degree in psychology. 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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Shay Clevenger

Shay Clevenger began as the program’s newest assistant coach ahead of the 2023 season. Clevenger, a recent graduate from Loyola, will make her collegiate coaching debut with the Terriers.


“We are thrilled to welcome Shay to the program,” said Morton. “Shay brings incredible on-field and leadership experience from her time at Loyola. Shay understands and aligns with our vision and values, and we are excited for her to get started. She has succeeded at the highest level in the Patriot League and we look forward to her making an impact on our program.”


As a senior, Clevenger was named to the Patriot League All-Conference first-team. She was second on the Loyola squad in caused turnovers (13) and ground balls (25) and took the conference Defender of the Week title in the final week of the regular season.


“I am very excited for the opportunity to join the Boston University women’s lacrosse staff,” said Clevenger. “I am grateful to be able to join the BU lacrosse program and the BU family.”


The team captain played a significant role in keeping Loyola nationally ranked in the top-10 for the entirety of the 2022 season, peaking at No. 6 ahead of the NCAA Tournament. Clevenger and the Greyhounds advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals with wins over Mount St. Mary’s and JMU.


“I am extremely excited for Shay to join the coaching staff at Boston University,” said Loyola women’s lacrosse head coach Jen Adams. “Shay was an incredible captain, leader and teammate throughout her playing years at Loyola and I have no doubt that it will translate into her coaching at the next level. Shay knows what it takes to be a successful student-athlete in the Patriot League and I am looking forward to seeing the positive mark that she will make on the Boston University Women’s Lacrosse program this season.”


Clevenger assisted the Greyhounds to two Patriot League titles in her tenure in the 2021 and 2022 seasons. The 2022 title marked Loyola’s sixth conference title in eight years.


She also helped Loyola to its eighth-straight regular season Patriot League title in 2022, recording five ground balls in the deciding game. The Greyhounds went 9-0 in the conference last season.


Clevenger graduated from Loyola in 2022 with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.

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Maria Auth

Maria Auth joined the Boston University women's lacrosse staff as an assistant coach in August, 2021. The 2023 campaign will be her second at BU.


Auth arrives to Boston after a stellar five-year playing career at Penn State. Auth finished her career with 226 career points, which was seventh all-time in program history, and additionally finishing sixth in career goals (160) and 11th in career assists (66).


The Street, Maryland native led the Nittany Lions in goals (34) and points (46) in 2021 and was named to both the All-Big Ten Second Team and IWLCA All-Region West/Midwest Second Team. As a junior in 2019, she garnered All-Big Ten First Team honors after leading the team in points (46) and produced 11 multi-point efforts.


Additionally, she gained experience coaching at Finish Line Lacrosse as well as NEMS Lacrosse, Inc.


Auth earned her B.S. in biobehavioral health and from Penn State in 2020 and will complete her Master's in clinical rehabilitation & mental health counseling in 2022.

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