La Salle University

La Salle University Athletics
Hayman Center - 1900 West Olney Avenue Philladelphia, PA 19141
Division 1 Pennsylvania Northeast
Private Small National competitor


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Katie Rhodes Abbott

Katie Rhodes Abbott enters her second season as head women's lacrosse coach at La Salle in 2020. She arrived in August of 2018 from Colgate University after spending five seasons there as the top assistant coach.

In her first season at the helm of the Explorers, Rhodes Abbott led the team to a 5-11 record and a 3-6 mark in conference play. She oversaw an emphatic opening-day victory over LIU - Brooklyn and a pair of two-game winning streaks during the campaign. Under her guidance, sophomore midfielder Bridget Ruskey was named Second Team All-Conference and first-year defender Amanda Farnsworth earned All-Rookie Team honors.

Rhodes Abbott notably installed a free-flowing offense that recorded the most assists in program history, setting the mark at 81. The defense also saw improvements under the new head coach as La Salle conceded its fewest amount of goals since 2016.

During her time at Colgate, Rhodes Abbott was instrumental in the growth of the Raiders program. Over her five seasons in Hamilton N.Y., she helped the team to 41 wins and four Patriot League Tournament appearances.

Colgate qualified for a fourth Patriot League tournament in Rhodes Abbott's five seasons in 2018, going 10-7 overall. The prior year, Colgate finished with a 6-3 mark in league play to earn the No. 5 seed in the league tournament. Former Patriot League Player of the Year Haley O'Hanlon was named All-League First Team and IWLCA All-Region under Rhodes Abbott’s guidance.

The 2015 campaign saw Colgate post double-digit wins for the first time since 2009. The Raiders also posted their best Patriot League record in four seasons at 6-2.

Freshman sensation Haley O'Hanlon was named Patriot League Rookie of the Year as she ranked among the league's top 10 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.

Rhodes Abbott made her way to Colgate after two years at the University of Detroit Mercy as an assistant coach. She worked directly with goalies and her primary responsibilities were recruiting, scouting reports and film exchange.

Detroit's goalie Lexie McCormick was named 2013 Atlantic Sun Defensive Player of the Year after ranking second in the nation in saves and sixth in the saves per game. The Titans made their first A-Sun championship that year. That year, she tutored five first-team selections and three second-team members.

In her first season, Rhodes Abbott helped the Titans improve dramatically from a 3-15 record to an 8-9 mark in 2012, which was a program record for wins in a season. She coached two first team selections and the team reached the semifinals of the conference tournament.

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Cat Rainone

Cat Rainone begins her first season as an assistant La Salle University in 2019. A native of Newtown Square, Pa., Rainone was a four-year member of the Penn State women's lacrosse team and was twice named to the Big Ten's All-Academic squad.

As a senior, Rainone was the primary starter in goal for the Nittany Lions and compiled a 16-4 record as the team advanced all the way to the national semifinal. She was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after registering a career-high 14 saves in a 12-8 win over No. 15 Virginia, the second time she had earned the award that year.

During her time in Happy Valley, Rainone was a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Board, helping to develop creative fundraising ideas, and was the student athlete ambassador for Penn State's THON, a student-run philanthropy committed to enhancing the lives of children and families impacted by childhood cancer.

Rainone has worked with Ultimate Goal Lacrosse, serving as goalie coach and defensive coordinator since 2014, and also spent time as a strength and conditioning coach during her tenure at Penn State.

Rainone received a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology with a focus in human movement from Penn State in 2017.

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