Mollie Steven made an immediate impact to the success of the Fresno State lacrosse program in 2019 after joining the program following her two year stint as a general manager and athlete development coach at The Edge Training Academy. Stevens assisted in getting the Bulldog student-athletes prepared for different positions as there were player position adjustments made throughout the season for the success of the team.
Stevens worked mainly with the attacking and midfield Bulldogs. The ‘Dogs put up 189 goals and 77 assists in 2019, behind the efforts of freshman Sydney Skalstad with 33 goals and junior Tiffiny Wallace with 17 assists.
Stevens helped coach for five MPSF Rookie of the Week and two MPSF Offensive Player of the Week nominations, along with three offensive MPSF All-Conference selections in 2019.
Prior to her stint with The Edge Training Academy, Stevens was a star midfielder for the Florida Gators lacrosse team, racking up multiple accolades as a four-year starter in The Swamp.
During her senior season, the Centreville, Md., native was named a team captain in 2017, backing it up by being named the 2017 BIG EAST Attacker of the Year, 2017 BIG EAST Tournament Most Outstanding Player. Stevens was also named to the 2017 IWLCA All-America First Team (First Team All-Region), a 2017 Tewaaraton Award Top-25 Nominee, the 2017 IWLCA National Offensive Player of the Week once and the Alpha Lacrosse National Player of the Week once.
On top of the award recognition, Stevens rewrote the Gators’ record books with a few of her own. She set the Florida single-season record for draw controls (84) in just 15 games, set the Florida record for single-game draw controls with 11 at Jacksonville and set the Florida single season record with 48 ground balls. For her career, Stevens is in the top 10 in Gator history of points, points per game, goals and goals per game. Most notably, she has the fifth-most goals in program history at 159.
Overall, Stevens led the Gators her senior year in goals (59), ground balls (48) and draw controls (106). Those 59 goals were the fourth most in a singles season in Gator lacrosse history, and she set career-highs in goals, assists (16), points (75), ground balls, draw controls and caused turnovers (23) that season. She also notched a career high for goals in one game that season with seven.
As a junior, Stevens was named to the 2016 Tewaaraton Award Watch List and named the BIG EAST Attacker of the Week twice. She also became the eighth Gator ever to score 100 career goals and was a member of the US National Team Training Roster.
After setting more previous career highs, Stevens also received national honors as a sophomore, being named to the 2015 IWLCA All-South Second Team and the 2015 All-BIG EAST First Team. She set the program scoring-streak record with at least one goal in 25 consecutive games, also recording multiple goals in 14 games, pushing her to third in the BIG EAST in goals scored that season.
Starting off as a freshman, Stevens scored 36 goals, setting a previous single-game high of four goals on multiple occasions against ranked opponents and in the NCAA Tournament. For those efforts, she was announced as the WomensLax.com Rookie of the Week once and named to the 2014 ILWomen All-Rookie Team. Stevens also took care of business off the field, being named to the 2014 SEC First-Year Honor Roll.
In high school, Stevens was a four-year varsity starter for Queen Anne’s County lacrosse, guiding Queen Anne’s to Maryland Class 3A/2A East Region championships in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Some of her high school honors include being named a US Lacrosse First Team All-American in 2013, an All Mid Shore First Team honoree in 2010, 2011 and 2013, and an All Mid Shore Co-Player of the Year in 2012.
She was also a member of the 2011 and 2012 Under Armor All-American Washington DC Team and played for Maryland United 2013 East Club for four years. Outside of lacrosse, Stevens also played field hockey, soccer and swam.
Stevens graduated in the spring of 2017 with a degree in tourism, event and recreation management.