Colgate University

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Heather Young

Heather Young reached a pair of milestones in her 10th season at the helm of Colgate Women's Lacrosse.


Young in 2016 topped the 100 career victory mark and also became the winningest Colgate coach in program history when the Raiders outlasted Binghamton 13-11 on April 12. She ended the season with 87 Colgate wins, bettering the previous record of 82 set by Cathy Foto from 1990-99.


Young's record at Colgate now stands at 93-94 over her 11 Colgate seasons, and 110-124 counting a three-year rebuilding project at Davidson from 2004-06. Even more impressive is the 52-37 (.584) record Young has fashioned against Patriot League competition, including back-to-back Patriot League championships in 2008 and 2009.


Young's teams have made the Patriot League Tournament in nine of her 11 seasons and advanced to the championship game three times. For her efforts, Young twice has been named Patriot League Coach of the Year.


During her time in Hamilton, she has tutored 25 All-Patriot League First-Team performers, eight IWLCA All-Region members, two Patriot League Tournament MVPs, two PL Defensive Player-of-the-Year selections, one Patriot League Rookie-of-the-Year honoree and two of the top-five points scorers in Colgate history.


Young guided some impressive individual performances in the 2017 season as Isabel Kreitler scored 46 goals on her way to a 57-point season and an All-Academic Patriot League Selection. Haley O'Hanlon was named to the All-Patriot League First Team for the third consecutive season with 34 goals and 15 assists for 49 points while her 26 caused turnovers with 10th in a single season in program history and her 49 draw controls were sixth.


The Raiders managed a 6-3 record in Patriot League play in the 2016 season on their way to a fifth-place finish in the league. Colgate finished the season with five straight wins, including four in league play to reach their 6-3 finish. Young recorded her 100th career victory, and broke Colgate's program record with 83 wins for the Raiders, with their win at Binghamton on April 12. Haley O'Hanlon was named to the Patriot League First Team and IWLCA All-Region Second Team while Isabel Kreitler and Kristen Norden were named to the Patriot League Second Team.


The 2015 campaign saw Young’s squad post double-digit wins for the first time since the 2009 campaign with a 10-6 overall mark. The Raiders also posted their best Patriot League mark in four seasons with a 6-2 record. For her efforts, Young was named Patriot League Coach-of-the-Year for the second time in her career.


Individually, freshman Haley O’Hanlon was named Patriot League Rookie-of-the-Year as she ranked among the top 10 players in the League in goals, assists and points. O’Hanlon and senior Jenna Frost were both IWLCA All-Region selections, giving the Raiders two all-region picks in the same campaign for the first time since 2011.


In 2012, Young led the team to a 4-2 Patriot League mark and the second seed in the Patriot League Tournament. The Raiders really came back in the second half of the season and won five of their last seven regular-season contests to earn a spot in the tournament. Young helped coach Courtney Miller to 241 career points for third on the all-time list and third in career goals with 168.


She coached the team in 2011 to their fifth Patriot League Tournament under her tutelage and the Raiders made their third PL Championship game with Young as coach. Colgate earned five wins conference wins for the third time under Young and had a winning season for the fourth-straight season. She helped Christina Roa earn PL Defensive Player of the Year award.


In 2010, she coached the Raiders to their third-straight Patriot League Tournament and finished with a 9-8 record overall. Colgate went 4-2 in league play and earned the third seed in the tournament and fell to second-seeded Navy in the semifinals. She saw senior Meghan Lawler eclipse the career assist record at Colgate as she finished with 86 in four years. Lawler also ranks four in total points with 210.


Bolstered by a top-10 ranked defense and the 14th-ranked scoring offense in the nation, Young, the 2009 Patriot League Coach of the Year, guided the Raiders to a 14-5 record and the program’s fourth NCAA appearance. The 14 wins broke the single-season record at Colgate, which was formerly held by the 2004 and 2005 teams that posted 13 each. The Raiders recorded a convincing 17-4 victory over Navy in the league’s title game to advance to the NCAA Tournament to play second-ranked Maryland in the opening round. Six players went on to receive all-league honors, including five being named first team recipients. Young coached Maddie Kearns and Colleen Bubnack to second team all-region accolades. Kearns became the fifth player in the program’s history to be named the league’s defensive player of the year.


In only her second season, Young piloted the Raiders to their third Patriot League title in a four-year span and another trip to the NCAA Tournament. After falling in the regular-season to league rival American 13-10, the Raiders rebounded and downed the Eagles 13-8 in Washington for the right to play state rival Marist in the NCAA play-in game. Colgate prevailed over the Red Foxes 19-18 for the right to play second seeded Pennsylvania in the opening round. The Raiders fell to the Quakers 16-7 to finish the season with an 11-10 mark. Young coached five all-Patriot League performers, including three first-team selections.


Young was named Colgate’s seventh head coach in program history in August 2006. She arrived from Davidson, where she served as the head women’s lacrosse coach for three seasons. During her final year with the Wildcats, Young led Davidson to a 9-7 overall record that tied the school record for wins. She coached goalkeeper Leslie Smith, who broke the school record with 25 saves in a single game, as well as three IWLCA all-academic team selections.


Young took over the program in February 2004, two games into the season, after serving as the assistant coach, and guided the team through a challenging schedule as the interim coach. Under her watch, senior Lauren Williams and freshman Alicia Zahn earned all-conference second-team honors.


Young has coached at numerous camps for all skill levels, including camps held at Duke and Hofstra. She has also worked as a field marketing representative for Cascade Lacrosse in Syracuse.


The former Fayetteville-Manlius High School standout graduated in 2003 from the University of Connecticut, where she became the Huskies’ first IWCLA Regional All-America honoree as a freshman. Bliss was a four-year starter at UConn, where she tallied 119 points (98 goals, 21 assists) in 59 outings.


She currently ranks fifth in career goals (98) and sixth with 119 career points. During her career, she produced a 26-game point streak (Mar. 3, 2000 to Apr. 18, 2001), which is tied for second all-time at UConn and a 19-game goal scoring streak (Mar. 30, 2000 to Mar. 14, 2001) which is tied for third. In 2000, she tallied 43 goals, which is third for a single season at UConn and her 48 points that season ranks tied for ninth all-time. She also ranks tied for ninth with 21 career assists and is fourth with 263 career shots. As a senior, Young served as captain of the Huskies team that earned the school’s first-ever national ranking in lacrosse. She was a two-time member of the dean¹s list and the Big East Academic Honor Roll, and was named a New England Scholar in 2003.


Young holds a bachelor’s degree in human development and family relations with a concentration in childhood and adolescence. She married Colgate assistant football coach Chris Young on July 4, 2009. The couple has three daughters, Ela, Mia and Charli, and a son, AJ.

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Liz Beville

Colgate Women’s Lacrosse head coach Heather Young announced the addition of Liz Beville as an assistant coach on Aug. 10, 2018.


“I am excited for Liz to join our Colgate family,” Coach Young said. “Liz has a great passion for the sport and her athletes. She is going to make an immediate impact to our program and I can't wait for her to get started developing our student-athletes.”


Beville joins the Raiders program after spending the 2017-18 season at Colorado Mesa in Grand Junction, Colo., where she led the women’s lacrosse program to a 12-4 record as an assistant coach. The Mavericks made an Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Semifinal appearance and had five All-RMAC selections. Beville brings a wealth of experience from Colorado Mesa where she managed team travel, fundraising, student-athlete recruitment and social media accounts in addition to her coaching responsibilities.


“As a high school athlete, I attended summer lacrosse camps on Colgate’s campus but never imagined I would get the opportunity to coach at this amazing University,” Beville said. “I want to thank Heather Young for bringing me on board and I look forward to getting started!”


Beville had returned to her alma mater when she served as an assistant coach at the State University of New York at Cortland from 2015-17. In addition to combining for a 35-6 record under her leadership, the Red Dragons made a Division III Final Four appearance in 2016, and earned nine All-SUNYAC selections.


Prior to her time at SUNY Cortland, Beville spent one season with Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa., where she led the women’s lacrosse program to a 9-7 record as an assistant coach. The Mules earned a historical first post-season home game in the 2015 campaign, while Beville coached and developed the goalkeepers.


Continuing involvement with coaching at several levels of the sport, Beville has been the program director and coach of Orange Crush Club Lacrosse since 2014. With the Orange Crush, Beville is responsible for evaluating players, hiring coaching staffs, and creating practice plans. A successful program, Beville and Orange Crush have developed over 15 Division I commitments in her time with the organization.


As a student-athlete at SUNY Cortland, Beville served as team captain, was a Dean’s List student, and garnered an 84-7 record over her four years with the program. Beville and the Red Dragons made four Division III Final Four appearances and were four-time SUNYAC Champions.


“I am also happy to welcome Liz back to her upstate NY roots,” Coach Young added.


A native of Jamesville, N.Y., Beville graduated from SUNY Cortland with a BSED in Physical Education in 2014 and earned her Masters in Sport Management in 2016. Beville has also partaken in the NCAA Women’s Coaching Academy and completed the courses with Class 43 in Nov. 2017. While attending the WCA, hosted in partnership between the Alliance of Women Coaches and the NCAA, Beville focused on non-sport specific concepts that foster inclusion across the sports community and strategies that influence personal and team success. She has also served on the Division II All-American Committee and Awards Committee.

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Erica Geremia-Mathers

Head coach Heather Young and the Colgate women’s lacrosse program announced the addition of Erica Geremia-Mathers as assistant coach in September 2018.


“I am pleased to round out my staff with the hiring of Erica," Young said. "She was a stand out student-athlete who has a great lacrosse background. She will be working with our goalies and on the offensive side of the ball. She is extremely knowledgeable with offensive concepts and I am excited for what she will bring to our team. We’re looking forward to welcoming her and her husband back to their upstate New York roots.”


Geremia-Mathers joins the program after spending three years as an assistant coach at Washington and Lee. In 2018, the Generals were ODAC Champions, made an NCAA tournament appearance, and finished ranked 13th nationally by a record of 16-5. For the first time in program history, Washington and Lee made a Final Four appearance in the 2017 campaign, completed the season ranked third nationally, and posted a school-record number of wins with a 19-2 marker.


“I am so excited to be joining the Raider family at Colgate University,” said Geremia-Mathers. “I would like to thank all the amazing coaches who have mentored me over the past few years, and would like to extend my appreciation to Heather Young, as this is a great honor and privilege to have this opportunity. I am also fortunate to be working alongside Liz Beville, who has been a great friend, teammate, and mentor to me.”


As a player, Geremia-Mathers was a four-time All-America honoree who ranks fourth in NCAA history in scoring with 490 points as a player in both Division II and Division III. She began her collegiate career at SUNY Cortland, tallying SUNYAC Rookie of the Year and First Team All-America honors in 2013, totaling 136 points on 62 goals and 74 assists. She followed that with 124 points (54 G, 70 A) as a sophomore, repeating as a First Team All-America selection and garnering SUNYAC Player of the Year and USILA Attacker of the Year laurels. After the season, she was one of 84 women chosen to try out for the U.S. National Team.


Geremia-Mathers transferred to Le Moyne for her final two seasons and was a Division II First Team All-American both years in helping lead the Dolphins to a Top 5 ranking each season. She was the USILA Division II Attacker of the Year in 2015, leading the team in scoring with 121 points on 67 goals and 54 assists. She was again the team’s scoring leader in 2016, finishing with 109 points on 59 goals and 50 assists.


Throughout her playing career, the attack specialist was active in coaching in the Syracuse area, including serving as the head coach of the Orange Crush Lacrosse Club since 2012-16 and coach of Lex Lax since 2017. She has also been involved with numerous individual training clinics over the past four years.


“I look forward to working with the student-athletes here at Colgate to help them achieve their goals on and off the field, and assisting in taking the Colgate women's lacrosse program to the next level,” added Geremia-Mathers. “I can't wait to get started!”


A native of Camillus, New York, Geremia-Mathers is a 2016 graduate of Le Moyne College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature. She then went on to earn a Masters in Sport Management from Liberty University in 2018. Geremia-Mathers also participated in the NCAA Women’s Coaching Academy and completed the courses in 2017. While attending the WCA, hosted in partnership between the Alliance of Women Coaches and the NCAA, Geremia-Mathers focused on non-sport specific concepts that foster inclusion across the sports community and strategies that influence personal and team success.

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