Allie Frengs had barely started her eighth season as the Rutgers-Camden head coach when the whole spring schedule was closed down by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Scarlet Raptors played only two games in their abbreviated season, going 0-2, but not before Kacie Walton set a program record for career caused turnovers (74) and Brittany Watson set the Raptors’ career mark with 301 saves.
With one of the youngest and most talented teams in Rutgers-Camden lacrosse history, Allie Frengs led her 2019 club to a 4-11 record. Frengs saw several program standards established, watched two freshmen earn New Jersey Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week honors and saw junior Kacie Walton capture her second consecutive NJAC Honorable Mention, while setting the stage for a record-breaking senior year.
Rutgers-Camden set a program record last season by winning its first three games, not only establishing a standard for the Raptors’ best start ever, but also tying the all-time mark for a winning streak. The club saw several individual game and season records set, while watching both Claire Gailliout and Carly Gregg capture NJAC Rookie of the Week honors.
The longest-tenured and winningest coach in Rutgers-Camden lacrosse history, Frengs enters her eighth season with the Scarlet Raptors, owning 30 career victories and the only NJAC win in program history. Her 2019 squad also featured two players who earned NJAC Academic Honorable Mention recognition (Walton and Brittany Watson), boosting Rutgers-Camden’s total to 21 NJAC Academic honorees during Frengs’ head coaching tenure.
The Scarlet Raptors posted a 2-11 record during the 2018 season, which was highlighted by career records from Megan Everett for ground balls (137) and caused turnovers (69), as well as Everett, Sarah Boucot, Natalie DiCarlo, Nicole Martin and Jessica Mayer placing their names among many program career marks. Walton tied Everett’s career mark for caused turnovers in 2019 and is only 13 shy of matching Everett’s career ground ball mark as she enters her senior season this spring.
Rutgers-Camden posted a 5-11 mark during the 2017 campaign, including a history-making 15-2 victory over Rosemont College March 2 for the first season-opening win in program history. Nicole Martin become only the second player in program history to earn First Team NJAC honors, while in the classroom, a trio of Scarlet Raptors captured NJAC Academic Honorable Mention.
Frengs led Rutgers-Camden to a 7-8 mark in 2016, breaking the old program record of six wins, set in her first season as the head coach (2013). The Scarlet Raptors earned their first NJAC victory in program history with a 16-11 win over Ramapo College on April 23, and Frengs saw two of her players receive All-NJAC honors. Krystal Valianti became the first Scarlet Raptor ever to capture a berth on the NJAC First Team, while Breanna Heifet was named NJAC Honorable Mention.
A record six Scarlet Raptors went on to earn NJAC Academic Honorable Mention in 2016: Breanna Heifet, Natalie DiCarlo, Elizabeth Giordano, Cecilia Gross, Victoria Heifet and Alexa Rocks.
During her third year as the Raptors’ head coach in 2015, Frengs led the team to a 1-13 mark and a new program record with 8.3 caused turnovers per game. Holly Cusick and Cecilia Gross were named All-NJAC Honorable Mention selections.
Rutgers-Camden went 5-11 in 2014, setting a program record with 132 caused turnovers, while sophomore Krystal Valianti earned NJAC Honorable Mention.
Frengs became the third head coach in program history in 2013 and led her first team to a 6-9 record, the old program mark for wins that was broken in 2016. Elizabeth LaBar became Frengs’ first all-conference player when she earned NJAC Honorable Mention.
Frengs has been with the Rutgers-Camden lacrosse program since the beginning, starting as an assistant coach to Nancy O’Neill in the team’s maiden year of 2010. She helped guide the team to a 3-8 record that first season and a 3-10 mark in 2011. In its third season, in 2012, Rutgers-Camden posted the best mark of its young program history, going 5-10. That mark was broken in Frengs’ first year as the head coach in 2013 (6-9) and shattered again in 2016 when the club finished 7-8.
A native of Collingswood, where she was a three-sport athlete in lacrosse, basketball and soccer at Collingswood High School, Frengs continued her education at Temple University, where she was a standout attacker for the Owls from 2004-2007. During her freshman season, she helped Temple win the Atlantic 10 Conference title and earned a spot on the Atlantic 10 All-Championship team.
During her sophomore season at Temple, Frengs repeated on the Atlantic 10 tournament team, while also earning All-Atlantic 10 First Team, IWLCA/US Lacrosse Regional All-American First Team and Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year honors. She earned All-Conference First Team honors and All-Championship Team honors again in both 2006 and 2007. The IWLCA/US Lacrosse Committee named her to the Regional All-American First Team in 2006 and Second Team in 2007.
A Finance major at Temple University, Frengs graduated in 2007 as one of the most decorated women’s lacrosse players in program history, ranking eighth in career goals (153), sixth in draw controls (105) and eighth in total points (195).