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Kathy Taylor

Colgate Vice President and Director of Athletics Dr. Nicki W. Moore has announced the selection of Kathy Taylor as the new women's lacrosse head coach.


Taylor joins the Raiders after most recently serving as the women's lacrosse head coach at Le Moyne, where she garnered a 97-12 overall record through five seasons and led the Dolphins to the 2018 Division II National Championship.


"I am so very excited to welcome Coach Taylor to our fantastic Colgate coaching community," said Moore. "The more we got to know Coach Taylor, the more impressed we have become with her. Not only has she elevated programs and won championships at every step in her career; she has done so while mentoring student-athletes to become leaders on the field, in the classroom and in life. Coach Taylor has also consistently served her profession and advanced the game of lacrosse as President of the Coaches' Association, and as a three-time member of the US National Team Selection Committee. On top of all of her qualifications, she is a really good person whom we have enjoyed getting to know through our process."


Two-time National Champion and two-time Division I Coach of the Year at North Carolina Jenny Levy shared, "Kathy Taylor is a great fit for Colgate, she has been a proven winner and leader at every stop in her coaching journey. Her competitive fire and championship mentality has always been the margin of victory for every group of student-athletes she has led. Besides having a great passion for the game of lacrosse, Kathy is a great teacher and mentor for women. She uses the game of lacrosse to teach life lessons, helping her athletes find the best in themselves. The Colgate women's lacrosse program is in great hands."


In her tenure, the Dolphins captured three Northeast-10 Regular Season championships, one Northeast-10 tournament championship, and competed in five NCAA region championships, advancing to the NCAA Semifinals in her first four seasons. Under her tutelage, student-athletes have earned IWLCA All-Region accolades 28 times, and IWLCA All-America honors 16 times.


Most recently, the Dolphins posted a 20-2 record with a perfect regular season in the 2019 campaign just a season after capturing the program's first national championship. Behind an NCAA Division II record of 22-1, Taylor was named IWLCA Division II National and East Region Coach of the Year, while players collected IWLCA Defender of the Year and Goalkeeper of the Year accolades in the 2018 championship season.


"I am thrilled to be named the next head women's lacrosse coach at Colgate University," Taylor said. "I want to thank Dr. Nicki Moore and the entire Colgate University community for providing me this opportunity. I'm excited about the future of the program and look forward to working with the University, athletic department and the student-athletes to develop a championship culture that transcends the classroom and the playing fields."


Taylor was recognized yet again in 2017 as she was named Northeast-10 Coach of the Year and guided the Dolphins to an undefeated 13-0 mark in Northeast-10 action. The Dolphins won their first 18 games of the season, which marks the most wins to start a season and the longest winning streak in the program's history.


"Kathy Taylor is a great coach and an even better person," said Syracuse Head Coach and lacrosse Hall of Famer Gary Gait. "I know that she will help take Colgate's Women's Lacrosse Program to the next level. I look forward to having some great match-ups against Colgate in the future."


Consistently making appearances in the postseason, Taylor led the Dolphins to back-to-back NCAA Championships semifinal appearances in her first two seasons with the program in 2015 and 2016, while she mentored the Division II Attacker of the Year in her first with the team.


"I want to thank Matt Bassett and the Le Moyne College community along with my remarkable players and parents for their support and efforts during my tenure. It was truly an outstanding experience," added Taylor.


A 2010 inductee into the Upstate New York Chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame, Taylor joined Le Moyne after turning the women's lacrosse program at SUNY Cortland into a national power. Taylor, who guided the Red Dragons to the NCAA Tournament six times and to the NCAA Semifinals each of the last four seasons, compiled a record of 115-17 (.871) over her six years at Cortland. In her final season at Cortland, Taylor guided the Red Dragons to a school-record mark of 22-1 and the program's 16th straight SUNYAC title.


In addition to posting a 48-1 mark in SUNYAC action, Taylor led the Red Dragons to six straight SUNYAC Tournament Championships and five consecutive SUNYAC regular season championships. Named the IWLCA Empire Region Coach of the Year each of the last four years and the SUNYAC Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2014, Taylor led the Red Dragons to 41 consecutive SUNYAC regular-season victories and 53 straight wins against SUNYAC opponents. Under her guidance, 15 of her student-athletes received IWLCA All-America accolades, including nine first-team selections, while 27 were tabbed with All-Region honors. She coached 34 student-athletes to All-SUNYAC honors, with five of her players being named SUNYAC Player of the Year and two as SUNYAC Rookies of the Year.


IWLCA President and Service to the sport of lacrosse


In addition to her coaching duties, Taylor was elected President of the IWLCA in 2017 after serving as a member of the IWLCA National Board of Directors, a position she first began in 2012 and was re-elected to in 2014. She has been a member of the All-America Regional Committee since 2012 and the IWLCA Rules/Safety/Games Administration Committee since 2013. In 2014, she coached the North team to a victory over the South team in the North-South All-Star Game for the second time in three years and was also chosen to the United States Women's Team Tryout Selection Committee.


Before her stint at Cortland, Taylor served as the girl's lacrosse coach at Fayetteville-Manlius High School from 1988 to 2006. She led the Hornets to an overall record of 245-62-3 (.795), captured two New York State championships (Div. I in 2004 and Class A in 2005), five Section III titles and was named the Central New York Coach of the Year on two occasions. Twelve of her student-athletes were selected as high school All-Americans and five went on to be named to the United States National Team. Additionally, she developed the growth of the girl's lacrosse program at Fayetteville-Manlius from one team to five teams.


A 1984 graduate of Cornell University, Taylor holds a bachelor's degree in communications and was a three-year letterwinner for the Big Red. As a senior, she became the first Cornell women's player to be selected to the All-Ivy First Team after posting 49 points by 36 goals and 13 assists.

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Jessica Antelmi

Colgate women's lacrosse head coach Kathy Taylor announced the addition of Jessica Antelmi to the staff as an assistant coach in Aug. 2019. Antelmi joins the Raiders after spending a season as an assistant coach at Bryant University.


“I am beyond excited for our team to have Jessica Antelmi join our raider coaching staff. I worked with Jessica at both SUNY Cortland and Le Moyne College and she is the consummate professional,” Taylor said. “I am confident the team will benefit tremendously from her knowledge and experience. It only seems fitting we reunite here at Colgate University and chase the next level of excellence together.”


Prior to her time at Bryant, Antelmi served as an assistant coach at Boston University from Aug. 2016 through June 2018. Antelmi was also the Director of Around the Crease Lacrosse Camps while with the Terriers, and aided in the continuous development of the team’s 27 student-athletes.


Working under Coach Taylor, Antelmi joined the Le Moyne College program as an assistant coach for two seasons, where she received the IWLCA Division II Outstanding Assistant Coach Award for her efforts in the 2015 campaign. Antelmi helped guide the program to two 18-win seasons, a Northeast-10 Regular Season Championship, and two Final Four appearances.


Antelmi made a break into coaching as a graduate assistant coach at SUNY Cortland, where she aided in training the Division III Attacker of the Year and Defender of the Year. Helping the Red Dragons to a 22-1 record, a No. 1 national ranking, and the program’s fourth Final Four appearance.


"I am thrilled to be joining the women's lacrosse coaching staff here at Colgate. It's a privilege to be a part of a university community that values the pursuit of excellence both on the field and in the classroom,” Antelmi said. “There are great days ahead in this new era of Colgate Women's Lacrosse, and I'm so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of it. I can't wait to get started working with Kathy, Katherine, and the student-athletes!"


A four-year letterwinner at the State University of New York at Albany, Antelmi was a captain of the women’s lacrosse program and a two-time America East Conference Champion. Making two appearances with the Great Danes in the NCAA Tournament in 2012 and 2011, Antelmi was also a two-time All-Academic Team member.


A native of Bridgeport, New York, Antelmi earned a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from Albany in 2013, and is currently furthering her education at Le Moyne College towards a Masters in Education.

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Katherine Sweeney

Colgate women's lacrosse head coach Kathy Taylor announced the addition of Katherine Sweeney to the staff as an assistant coach in Aug. 2019.


Sweeney joins the Raiders after most recently spending a season as the women’s lacrosse coach at Quinnipiac University. While with the Bobcats, Sweeney mentored two MAAC All-Rookie Team members as well as 20 student-athletes named to the MAAC All-Academic Team.


“It is exciting to welcome Katherine to our raider community and staff,” Taylor said. “An outstanding player and young coaching mind she brings energy and passion to the game. I look forward to working alongside both of these talented young women as we take on the Patriot League and beyond.”


Prior to her time at Quinnipiac, Sweeney spent two seasons with the Wagner College women’s lacrosse program where she served as an assistant coach. The 2018 NEC Regular Season and Tournament Champions, Sweeney coached the NEC Rookie of the Year and Midfielder of the Year while with the Wagner program.


"I am excited to join the Colgate Women’s Lacrosse program as an Assistant Coach,” Sweeney said. “I would like to thank Kathy Taylor and the entire search committee at Colgate that have given me the opportunity to help lead and develop the young women that are a part of this team. I am extremely excited about the future of this program and to be able to educate and coach the student-athletes of this university alongside Kathy and Jess."


Sweeney started her coaching career with the United 2019 Club coach and as the Different Road Patriots head coach. Gaining additional experience, Sweeney has coached at various camps throughout the northeast.


Sweeney earned a Master of Business Administration in marketing from Wagner College in 2018 after garnering a Bachelor of Arts in fine art from the State University of New York at Albany in 2016.

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