Messiah College

Messiah College Athletics Department
One College Avenue, Suite 4501 Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
Division 3 Pennsylvania Northeast
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Heather (Greer) McKay

The 2021 season marks Heather (Greer) McKay's 14th season as head coach of Messiah University women's lacrosse and, once again, she will lead a program considered among the best in the nation.

In 2018 the Falcons won the MAC Commonwealth Championship for the fourth-straight season. It was the sixth conference title under McKay, and she was named the conference Coach of the Year for an unprecedented fifth-straight season. Messiah finished with a 15-4 record en route to qualifying for the NCAA Tournament.

The NCAA appearance made it seven different years that Messiah has competed in the Tournament under McKay.

When McKay was appointed head coach for the 2008 season, she wasted no time in raising the level of play within the Falcons’ ranks, leading her 2011 and 2009 squads to victories in the MAC Commonwealth Championship and appearances in the NCAA Tournament — just the second and third times the program has achieved either feat in their history. In 2012, McKay made it three-straight trips to the NCAA tournament as Messiah advanced to the Regional Semifinals.

Messiah equaled its best finish to date in the NCAA Tournament in 2012, advancing to the Regional Semifinals after hosting an NCAA First Round game for just the second time in school history.

McKay’s coaching numbers have been nothing short of incredible. After posting a win-loss record of 10-7 in her first year at the helm, Messiah has gone 151-61 since. The Falcons have won an astounding 96 of 104 conference regular-season league games under McKay.

The Falcons’ success has come as a result of McKay’s work both on the field and off, as her recruiting efforts have been unmistakable. Messiah has boasted the Conference Rookie of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2016.

A total of 37 Falcons have been named All-Metro Region under McKay, compared to just eight in the previous 11 years of the program. The Falcons have also earned 13 IWLCA All-Americans under McKay, eclipsing the three prior to McKay's arrival.

McKay was selected to coach the South team at both the 2011 and 2016 IWLCA North-South games, with her 2011 appearance being the first-ever for a Messiah coach.

A 2002 graduate of Messiah University, McKay took over the program following a brilliant playing career for the Falcons, serving as a four-year starter at the middie/attack position. Highly regarded for her presence as an athlete and leader, McKay was team captain as a senior and led the team’s offensive front. McKay's 169 total points place her 13th on Messiah’s career points list*, while she was a three-time MAC All-Conference selection and a four-time member of the MAC Conference All-Academic Team.

*McKay was once as high as fifth all-time, but eight of her own players have eclipsed her total in recent years.

After graduating from Messiah, McKay traveled to Edinburgh, Scotland as part of the English Lacrosse Association. While living overseas McKay played for Home Scotland and also was the coach and director of lacrosse at Fettes College. She also coached with the Scotland National U-19 team, helping them to the 2003 World Championships hosted in Baltimore, Maryland.

Upon her return to the States, McKay was the assistant coach at Randolph-Macon College while earning a master’s degree in sports leadership/athletic administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.

A Boston-area native, McKay currently resides in Harrisburg.

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Kendra Herbenar

After four years as a Falcon, Kendra Herbenar returns to the women's lacrosse program as a part of the 2020-21 coaching staff for the third-straight season.

Herbenar, a 2018 graduate from Messiah University, played an integral part of her team’s success as she started all 19 games during her senior campaign. During her senior season, Herbenar collected 92 draw controls, 67 groundballs, and 57 caused turnovers.

In her career, Herbenar finished third in program history in caused turnovers (128), 10th in draw controls, and tied for sixth in games played (74). She also tied the program record for most caused turnovers in a game with eight against Buffalo State on Mar. 27, 2018. Following her senior season, she was named MAC Commonwealth Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-MAC Commonwealth, First Team IWLCA All-Metro Region, was selected to IWLCA Senior All-Star Game, and Second Team IWLCA All-American.

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