Tricia Molfetta, who just completed her first season as the head coach of Pace Women's Lacrosse, led the Setters to the best season in program history in 2018. Pace completed the year with a school-record mark of 14-5, including a program-best 10 wins inside the NE10. The Blue and Gold then went on to host, and win their first-ever NE10 Playoff game against Bentley by a score of 18-10.
In addition to the athletic success, Pace also impressed in the classroom this past spring. The Setters won the NE10's Team Excellence Award for the highest GPA in the entire conference. Coach Molfetta's team completed the academic year with a cumulative GPA of 3.45.
Molfetta came to Pleasantville in the fall of 2017 after spending three years at Manhattanville College, where she served as top assistant for one season before being named head coach in 2016. Most recently, Molfetta led the Valiants to one of their best seasons in school history. Manhattanville put together an 11-6 record this past spring, tying the program's single-season win total. In addition, the Valiants made an appearance in the MAC Freedom Tournament semifinals for the first time in four seasons.
"We are excited to have Tricia join the Pace Athletics family and lead our women's lacrosse program," said Pace Athletics Director Mark Brown. "Tricia has established herself as a well-respected coach by her peers and student-athletes alike. She will be a great fit for our community, helping our team reach their full potential in competition, in the community, and in the classroom."
All in all, Molfetta's 17 wins during her two seasons at the helm of Manhattanville are the most in a two-year span in nearly a decade. In addition to the team success, Molfetta helped seven Valiants earn All-Mac Freedom honors, including a school-record five players in 2017.
"I am extremely excited for this opportunity to become the Head Coach of the Pace University Women's Lacrosse program," said Molfetta. "I would like to thank the search committee for entrusting me with this position. I am excited about the future of the program, and energized to come in and work with the dedicated student-athletes to continue to build Pace as a prominent force in the Northeast-10 Conference."
Prior to her time with the Valiants, Molfetta served as an assistant coach at Purchase College. She also founded and served as the head coach of the women's lacrosse team at Rye Neck High School.
Leadership has always been a strong suit for Molfetta, who served as a two-year team captain during her playing days at Stony Brook University. Molfetta was a four-year starter for the Division I program, where she totaled 12 goals and 71 ground balls in 50 career games with the Seawolves.
A native of Mahopac, N.Y., Molfetta graduated from Stony Brook in May of 2011 with a bachelor's degree in health science. She also completed a Master's of Science Degree in Sports Business Management from Manhattanville in 2016.