St. Marys College of Maryland

St. Marys College of Maryland Athletics
18952 East Fisher Road St Marys City, MD 206863001
Division 3 Maryland Northeast
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Erin McDonnell

Erin McDonnell joined the Seahawk athletic family in August 2015 as the women's lacrosse program's 13th head coach. In August 2017, McDonnell was named the department's Senior Woman Administrator.


Head Coach, St. Mary's College of Maryland (2015-present)

Assistant Coach, McDaniel College (2012-2015) - Helped to mentor one IWLCA All-American, seven IWLCA All-Chesapeake Region picks, and 10 All-Centennial Conference selections

Club Coach, Ravens Lacrosse Club (2011-2015)


Master's, Curriculum and Instruction with Administrative Focus, McDaniel College (2013)

Bachelor's, French (Elementary Education minor), McDaniel College (2011)


Serves on the athletic department's executive team

Co-advises the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee

Attends Capital Athletic Conference council meetings

Assists the AD with strategic planning and the administration of department policy

Serves as the liaison to the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (IDEs)

Strategizes ways to support and manage gender equity, Title IX plans, and issues


42-32 (.567) career record in four seasons

One NCAA Tournament appearance

Four CAC Tournament appearances

2016 CAC Runners-Up (regular-season and tournament)

Ranked nationally in Top 25 every season (2016-2019)

Reached No. 10 in the IWLCA Division III Coaches Poll during the 2016 season

Received three consecutive IWLCA Academic Honor Squad awards (2016-2018) after maintaining at least a 3.0 cumulative team GPA


One IWLCA All-American - Tori Poffenberger (2016)

Eight IWLCA All-Chesapeake Region players

13 All-CAC selections

One North/South Senior All-Star

Tori Poffenberger '16 led CAC in goals (46) in 2016

Nine student-athletes named to IWLCA Academic Honor Roll (through 2018)

39 student-athletes named to CAC All-Academic Team (through 2018)

One CAC Rookie of the Year


Three-year starter at McDaniel College as a defender

Ranks Top 20 in program history in ground balls (102) and caused turnovers (41)

Team captain and team's most valuable defender as a senior

2011 IWLCA All-Metro Region Second Team

2011 All-Centennial Conference First Team

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Kat Francis

Kat Francis joined the St. Mary's College of Maryland athletics staff as the first full-time women's lacrosse assistant coach in August of 2019. In addition to her coaching duties, Francis also serves as the assistant director of athletic communications.

Francis joins the Seahawks after a one-year term with Capital Athletic Conference competitor, Christopher Newport University. While in Newport News, Francis worked with the draw takers, goalies, and the attacking side of the ball. She was able to mentor a 2019 IWLCA All-American, five All-CAC conference honorees, and two IWLCA All-Region players.

Before working with the Captains, Francis completed her Master's in Health, Exercise, and Sports Science at The Citadel Graduate College. While completing her Master's, Francis started a Varsity Lacrosse program at James Island Charter High School and coached for local club lacrosse programs.

Prior to her time in Charleston, Francis earned a Bachelor's in Athletic Training and played four years of lacrosse at Lynchburg College. During her time with the Hornets, Francis earned All-ODAC honors four years in a row, was named ODAC Rookie of the Year in 2013 and held the program's record for draw controls at the time of her graduation in 2016.

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