St. Francis University (PA)

St. Francis University Athletics
140 Lakeview Drive Loretto, PA 15940
Division 1 Pennsylvania Northeast
Private Small Developing team

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Kara Concheck

Kara Concheck has the Red Flash lacrosse program on the rise just a year and a half into her tenure. In her second season and her first full season in charge, Saint Francis tied its program record in wins with six. Concheck took over the program seven games into the 2016 season, leading the Red Flash to a 3-6 record, including the team's first NEC win since 2014.


In her two seasons, Concheck has turned the Saint Francis offenses into one of the most potent units in the Northeast.


In 2017, Saint Francis ranked third in the NEC in goals per game (12.69) and second in points per game (17.12). The Red Flash netted double digit goals in 13 of 16 games.


In 2016, SFU ranked 8th in the nation in free position shot percentage (.506) and finished 12th in the NCAA in draw controls per game (13.19). The Flash finished 36th in country with a top scoring offense at 11.19 goals per game.


Concheck coached Holly Lawrence to All-NEC Second Team honors in each of the last two seasons. Lawrence led the NEC with 50 goals in 2017.


Concheck was a four-year player at Fresno State University and graduated with a degree in Recreation Administration in 2014. Concheck was a team captain for the Bulldogs for the 2013-14 season and was named the 2014 Attacker of the Year. She earned MPSF All-Conference Athlete honors in 2014 and was a three-time Sysco Athlete. She holds the record at FSU in goals and free position goals.


After graduating, Concheck was named the assistant lacrosse coach at Oberlin College. She helped lead the Yeowomen to a second-place finish at the NCAC Championship. While at Oberlin College, she was the women's strength trainer.

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Katherine Athens

Athens began her coaching career with a three-year stint at Messiah College, one of the premier teams in NCAA Division III. The Falcons won three conference championships in three seasons. Messiah was ranked No. 4 in NCAA Division III at the end of the 2017 regular season.


While at Messiah, Athens developed 14 all-region players, two conference Defensive Players of the Year, and goalie Alex Dipeso into a two-time All-American. She was nominated for the IWLCA Division III Assistant Coach of the Year in 2016.


As a player, Athens was a four-year starter, three-time team captain and three-time NCAA All-American at Pfeiffer University in North Carolina. She was named the Conference Carolinas Defensive Player of the Year in 2013 and 2014, leading the Falcons to its first two NCAA Tournament appearances in school history.


Athens, an accounting major and business minor, was a four-time All-Academic Team member and a four-time Pfeiffer Scholar-Athlete Award winner. She went on to earn a Masters of Arts degree in Education from Messiah in 2016.

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