Catholic University

Catholic University Women’s Lacrosse
620 MICHIGAN AVE. NE WASHINGTON, DC, 20064 Brookland, DC 20064
Division 3 Dist of Columbia Northeast
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Meghan McDonogh

McDonogh begins her 14th season as the head women's lacrosse coach at Catholic in 2020 while also serving as Associate Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator.

In 13 seasons under McDonogh, Catholic has posted a record of 184-76 for a .708 winning percentage, including a mark of 57-2 in the Landmark Conference. The Cardinals have won 11 league championships, including six-straight, have made 11 appearances in the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship and have been recognized by the IWLCA as an Academic Honor Squad for 11 consecutive years. The team has also earned 16 All-America selections in McDonogh's 13 seasons.

The Cardinals currently own a 38-game winning streak in league play and have not lost a conference contest since April 20, 2013.

Catholic finished the 2019 season with a school-record 17 wins and its fifth-straight appearance in the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament. The Cards also finished the year ranked at No. 10 in the final IWLCA Division III Coaches Poll, the third time they have been ranked in the top 10 in the last five years. McDonogh received her fifth Landmark Conference Coach of the Year honor and second in the last three seasons.

In 2018, Catholic posted a 15-7 record and was ranked at No. 14 in the final IWLCA poll after advancing to the third round of the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship and winning its fifth-straight Landmark Conference title.

The Cardinals went 14-5 in 2017, winning their fourth consecutive Landmark Conference championship and advancing the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament. They were ranked at No. 13 in the final IWLCA coaches poll. McDonogh was honored as the Landmark Conference Coach of the Year for the third time.

Catholic was 13-8 and ranked at No. 10 in the final IWLCA Division III Coaches Poll in 2016. The team won its third-straight league title and advanced to the national quarterfinals before losing to No. 1 SUNY Cortland.

The 2015 season saw the Cardinals capture the second of back-to-back Landmark Conference championships and advance to the national quarterfinals before losing to eventual national champion SUNY Cortland by just one goal. The team achieved its highest-ever final ranking when it came in at No. 6 after finishing with a 16-4 record.

Catholic finished the 2014 season with a 12-6 record, including a perfect 6-0 mark in Landmark Conference play. The team reclaimed the league title with a 20-9 victory over Susquehanna after falling to the River Hawks in 2013. The Cards also returned to the NCAA tournament after a one-year hiatus. McDonogh earned her third Landmark Conference Coach of the Year award.

The Cardinals totaled their only losing record under McDonogh in 2013 when they finished 8-10 after losing to Susquehanna in the Landmark Conference championship game.

In 2012, the Cardinals posted a 16-6 record and finished unbeaten in the Landmark Conference for the fourth time in the last five years. The team won nine-straight games, including both two conference and two NCAA Tournament games, before falling to No. 1 Salisbury in the NCAA regional finals. The Cards finished the year ranked at No. 11 in the final IWLCA poll.

McDonogh guided Catholic to a 15-4 record in 2011, including a mark of 4-0 in the Landmark Conference and the team's fourth-straight conference title. She received her second Landmark Conference Coach of the Year award while leading the team to a win over Mary Washington in the NCAA first round.

Despite losing All-American Kate Robinson to injury, the Cardinals rattled off 12 wins in their final 14 games to finish the 2010 season with a 13-7 record. The Cards won their third-straight league title and advanced to the NCAA second round.

Catholic won a school-record 17 games in 2009, posting a 17-5 record while winning its second league title and advancing to the NCAA regional finals before falling to No. 1 Salisbury.

In 2008, McDonogh earned her first Landmark Conference Coaching Staff of the Year award, leading the Cardinals to a 17-5 record and a mark of 5-0 in the team's inaugural season in the Landmark Conference. The Cards' 21-10 win over Goucher in the 2008 conference championship game earned the team its first-ever berth in the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship.

During McDonogh’s first season in 2007, Catholic tied the then-school record for victories with 11 which included a pair of wins over nationally-ranked opponents.

McDonogh came to Catholic from the University of Louisville where she established and ran the women’s club lacrosse program and began the transition of the program from a club sport to a full varsity team while working on her Ph.D.

McDonogh began her coaching career at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2002 where she worked primarily with the goalkeepers and organized camps as well as high school tournaments. While at Berkeley she also held the operations manager and merchandise coordinator position with the San Jose CyberRays of the Women's United Soccer Association.

Following her time at Cal-Berkeley, McDonogh spent a year at Division II Limestone College in Gaffney, South Carolina where she was an assistant coach and helped lead the Saints to the NCAA Final Four for the first time.

Off the field, McDonogh has served as Vice President of the IWLCA and President of the Southeastern Women's Lacrosse League. She has also been on the Board of Directors for US Lacrosse and the Collegiate Women's Lacrosse Officials Association.

McDonogh played two years on the women's lacrosse team at American University before graduating with a bachelor or arts degree in women's and gender studies in 2001. She also played one year on the women's soccer team as a sophomre after spending one season on the team at Syracuse as a freshman.

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, McDonogh received her master's degree in sport management from the University of Georgia in 2002. While there, she was a player and coach on the club lacrosse team who was ranked as high as second in the nation and advanced to the US Lacrosse Women's Division Intercollegiate Associates (WDIA) national championships.

McDonogh earned her Ph.D., in sport administration from the University of Louisville in 2011.

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Katie McDonough

McDonough begins her first year as an assistant coach at Catholic for the 2020 season. She joins the Cardinals after spending the 2019 season as an assistant coach at Lycoming College.

Lycoming finished the 2019 season with three-straight wins to post a 5-11 record, including a mark of 3-5 in the MAC Commonwealth, just one win shy of reaching the conference tournament. McDonough helped mentor two all-conference selections in senior Kelly McGinniss and junior Hailey Kimble. A first team honoree, McGinniss set the NCAA's All-Divisions record for draw controls in a season last year with 239 while leading the league with 80 goals. Kimble earned second team accolades, finishing the year with 36 goals, 18 assists and 54 points.

McDonough began her coaching career as an assistant for the Long Island Express in 2016 and 2017 before joining Team 91 as an assistant in 2018. This past summer, she was an assistant coach with Lanco Elite.

As a player, McDonough was a two-time national finalist and team captain at Division II Lock Haven University from 2014-18. She played in 58 career games on defense while making 38 starts and totaling 82 ground balls and 31 caused turnovers as the Bald Eagles to back-to-back Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) titles and advanced to the national championship game in 2014 and 2015.

McDonough started all 36 of the team's games over her final two seasons while totaling 71 ground balls and 27 caused turnovers, including a career-best five in a 13-7 win over Slippery Rock at home as a senior on March 20, 2018.

A native of Oakdale, N.Y., McDonough received a bachelor of science in sports administration from Lock Haven in 2017 before earning a master of science in sports and exercise psychology in 2018 while serving as a graduate assistant in sports administration. She was also an athletic department intern with the West Islip School District in the summer of 2017.

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