Goucher College

Goucher College Athletics
1021 Dulaney Valley Road Towson, MD 21204
Division 3 Maryland Northeast
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Cat Thoreson

Cat Thoreson joined Goucher’s program as head women’s lacrosse coach in June of 2016.

Prior to accepting her role at Goucher, she was head coach at Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill. During her three seasons there, Thoreson's teams showed marked improvement. She guided her first squad to four wins, an increase of three over the previous season. In 2015, the Eagles made their first-ever appearance in the Midwest Women's Lacrosse Conference's (MWLC) postseason tournament. Her stint ended with the team setting a new school record for most wins in a season in 2016.

Prior to becoming the head coach at Benedictine, Thoreson was an assistant on the women's lacrosse staff at North Central College in Naperville, Ill., which is also a member of the MWLC.

Thoreson attended Hofstra University and graduated from its Honors College in New York City with a bachelor's degree in public relations in May 2009. She played lacrosse for four seasons, helping The Pride claim the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) title and advance to the NCAA Division I playoffs as a sophomore in 2007.

She was a recipient of the CAA Commissioner's Academic Award all four seasons at Hofstra.

"I am absolutely thrilled to lead the women's lacrosse program at Goucher College and want to thank Director of Athletics Geoffrey Miller and the search committee for this amazing opportunity," Thoreson commented. "Goucher's commitment to achieving and inspiring excellence is clearly apparent and I look forward to joining the team to effect an immediate and lasting impact on the women's lacrosse program.

"I am eager to build not only a Landmark Conference championship team, but a program comprised of young women who are dedicated to establishing a standard of excellence in the classroom, on the field, and in life."

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Michaela Duranti

Michaela Duranti will enter her first season as an assistant coach in the women's lacrosse program in 2018-19.

Duranti joined the Goucher program from a standout career at nearby Towson University, where as a member of the women's lacrosse program, she earned four letters (2013-2017).

While at Towson, Duranti played in 49 games over four seasons, eventually ending her career with 19 goals scored and six assists. In the 2017 season, she played in all 19 matches the Tigers played, making a start in the midfield in 18 matches. She ended the year scoring a career-best 11 goals while adding six assists for a Tigers team that finished 12-7 overall and advanced to the NCAA Division I Championships.

Duranti also helped the Tigers capture a pair of Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championships (2013, 2016), as Towson made the NCAA Championships in each season she was in the program, while consistently being ranked the Top 15 nationally.

Duranti was also honored for her work in the classroom while at Towson, earning IWLCA Athlete Honor Roll honors twice (2016, 2017), while making the school's Dean's List in both her junior and senior year.

Duranti came to Towson from her hometown of Farmingdale, N.Y., where she lettered in lacrosse and for 3 years at Saint Anthony's High School. As a starter her Senior Year (2013) SAHS compiled a 23-1 record and was ranked #2 in the country.

Duranti, who is returning to the area for her second year this summer as a player on The Baltimore Ride in the United Women's Pro Lacrosse League, earned a bachelor's degree in Special Education from Towson and has already received her Teaching Certification in the state of Maryland. She is currently enrolled in Goucher College's Graduate Program studying Reading Instruction.

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