Duquesne University

Duquesne University Athletics
600 Forbes Avenue Pittsburg, PA 15282
Division 1 Pennsylvania Northeast
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Corinne Desrosiers

Corinne Desrosiers was hired as the Dukes' fourth head lacrosse coach in program history in July 2018.

During her first year on The Bluff, Desrosiers helped turn around a Duquesne team which had recorded just six total wins in the previous two seasons to nine wins for the first time since 2016. In addition, she led the Dukes to an Atlantic 10 Tournament appearance for the first time since 2016, as well.

Under her guidance, Duquesne shattered single-season program records in 2019 for goals with 270, points with 371 and shots attempted with 669. In 23 games under Desrosier's tutelage in 2019-20, the Dukes have scored at least 20 goals seven times.

Five players earned A-10 postseason honors for the Dukes in 2019, with Maddie Hart and Sydney Reed collecting First Team accolades, Alana Piano garnering All-Rookie laurels as well as Courtney Battles and Sarah Kollhoff ti the All-Academic Team. Hart owns the single-game, single-season and career record for draw controls, as well.

Desrosiers and the Dukes started the 2019 campaign 4-0 for just the second time in program history and the first time since 1999.

Seven Duquesne players garnered Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Zag Sports Academic Honor Roll accolades including Courtney Battles, Erin Conway, Sarah Kollhoff, Millie Micho, Kirsten Barnes, Rilee Bradshaw and Maddie Hart.

In addition, Desrosiers was named as a representative on the All-American committee for the IWLCA West Region in 2019.

Desrosiers brought over 10 years of head coaching experience to The Bluff, including the last four seasons at the helm of Florida Tech where she was named the first head coach in program history in 2013 and quickly turned the Panthers into a national contender.

Desrosiers led Florida Tech to a pair of NCAA Division II Tournament appearances and helped the Panthers advance to two Sunshine State Conference Tournament title games. At the conclusion of each of the last two seasons, Florida Tech ranked No. 6 in the country.

Under Desrosiers’ guidance, Florida Tech registered a program-record 17 wins in 2018. The Panthers earned their second straight bid to the NCAA Division II Tournament as the No. 2 seed in the nation, defeating Limestone by a score of 13-11 in the first round before falling to eventual national runner-up and conference foe Florida Southern in the quarterfinals. Desrosiers’ Florida Tech team posted a school-record 15-game winning streak in 2018 and was ranked as high as fifth in the country for the majority of the season.

In just the third season in program history in 2017, Desrosiers helped the Panthers earn their first-ever NCAA Tournament bid and their first NCAA Tournament victory with an upset over third-seeded East Stroudsburg 17-10 in a first-round matchup before dropping their quarterfinal contest to No. 2 seed Florida Southern. Florida Tech defeated five top-15 opponents during the 2017 campaign, collected its first SSC Tournament win and advanced to the conference tournament championship game for the first time.

Desrosiers was named the SSC Coach of the Year for the second season in a row in 2017, while the Panthers closed the year ranked sixth in the IWLCA Division II poll. In addition, all seven of Florida Tech’s losses in 2017 and ‘18 came against teams ranked in the top five in the nation. In that span, Desrosiers and the Panthers tallied 31 wins.

In 2016, Desrosiers guided Florida Tech to a 10-7 overall record and the No. 3 seed in the SSC Tournament, with the season ending in a narrow 15-14 defeat to sixth-ranked Rollins in the conference semifinals. That season, the Panthers notched their first win over a ranked team in program history with an 11-10 overtime victory over No. 6 New Haven.

In her first season at the helm in 2015, Desrosiers led Florida Tech to a successful inaugural campaign despite a roster featuring 15 underclassmen. The Panthers started seven freshmen and their top six scorers were underclassmen as they capped the season with a 7-9 ledger.

All told, Desrosiers’ players garnered 30 All-SSC selections, 14 IWLCA All-Region honors and eight IWLCA All-America nods while she also earned a pair of SSC Coach of the Year awards and coached two SSC Players of the Year in just four seasons with the Panthers.

Prior to her tenure at Florida Tech, Desrosiers served six seasons as the head coach at Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass. She was named the Division II National Coach of the Year in 2011 and led the Warriors to five consecutive Northeast-10 Conference Tournament appearances from 2008-12.

She also spent one season as an assistant coach at Bryant University and one year as an assistant at the University of New England.

Desrosiers is a native of Mansfield, Mass. and graduated from Bridgewater State in 2006 where she played four seasons for the Bears. A two-year captain, she ranks among the program’s leaders in career goals, career draw controls, single-game draw controls and single-season draw controls.

Desrosiers and her husband, Tim, have three children, Ethan, Ella and Maverick.

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Leah Fazio

Leah Fazio (formerly Pace) joined the Duquesne lacrosse coaching staff in September 2018.

During her first season with the Dukes, Fazio along with head coach Corinne Desrosiers helped turn around a Dukes team which had recorded just six total wins in the previous two seasons to nine wins for the first time since 2016. In addition, Duquesne qualified for the Atlantic 10 Tournament for the first time since 2016, as well.

Fazio and the Dukes shattered single-season program records in 2019 for goals with 270, points with 371 and shots attempted with 669.

A former standout lacrosse player at High Point, Fazio was a two-time All-Big South selection at midfielder for the Panthers. She most recently served on the coaching staff at Plum High School for the 2018 season and as an assistant coach with the True Lacrosse Club in Pittsburgh for two seasons.

At High Point, Fazio earned First Team All-Big South honors as a junior in 2015, pacing the Panthers with 39 ground balls while ranking third on the team with 38 points (25 goals, 13 assists). She then garnered Second Team All-Big South accolades as a senior in 2016.

Fazio finished her career with 50 goals and 23 assists to go with 86 ground balls, 74 draw controls and 35 caused turnovers. She helped the Panthers to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2013-14, as well.

In addition, the Bel Air, Md. native was a Millis Scholar Athlete and was a member of the Big South Presidential Honor Roll at High Point.

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