University of Colorado (CS)

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Division 2 Colorado Southwest
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Christine Hatton

The 2019-20 season marks Christine Hatton's fourth season as the Head Women's Lacrosse Coach at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Hatton has built the program from the ground up after guiding the new program in their inaugural season in 2017.


In just their third season as a varsity program, Hatton and the Mountain Lions qualified for their first RMAC Championship Tournament. The Mountain Lions finished the regular season with a 6-9 overall record and a 4-5 record in the RMAC. As the No. 5 seed, the Mountain Lions faced No. 4 seed Rockhurst University in the first round of the playoffs (L, 9-17). Four Mountain Lions received all-conference awards: Natalie Church (second team), Kiera Lowe (honorable mention), Angela Naughton (honorable mention) and Ellie O'Brien (honorable mention), while eight student-athletes received RMAC All-Academic accolades: Natalie Church Mallory Corrigan (honor roll), Madison Ellis (honor roll), Alison Kobel (honor roll), Kiera Lowe (honor roll), Sammie MacAffer (honor roll), Sydney Malcolm (honor roll), and Morgan Miller (honor roll).


Hatton's 2018 team was made up of eleven freshman which included Natalie Church who was named RMAC Women's Lacrosse Freshman of the Year. The awards continued as five Monutain Lions earned All-RMAC honorable mention while two student-athletes earned RMAC All-Academic honors.


In her first season, Hatton saw her team with their first-ever game, a 12-9 win over Adams State in a home game on February, 25. Two of her players earned All-RMAC honorable mention for their efforts in the 2017 season.


Prior to her starting at UCCS, Hatton led Reinhardt to a pair of NWLL tournament appearances in the last two seasons, which served as the national championship tournament for NAIA institutions until this year. She was the NWLL South Region Coach of the Year in 2014 after a runner-up finish in the region. The Eagles finished second in the Appalachian Athletic Conference this spring and were the runner-up in the AAC conference tournament the last two seasons.


Hatton was the first women's lacrosse coach at Midland University in Fremont, Neb., for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. She led the team's development and led the Warriors to a winning season by the second year. Hatton was also on the Board of Directors for the first youth lacrosse program in Nebraska.

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Melissa Rausch

UCCS head women's lacrosse coach Christine Hatton announced the hiring of Melissa Rausch as an assistant coach for the program. Rausch joins the Mountain Lions from Nichols College, a Division III institution in Dudley, Mass.


Rausch held the roles as Assistant Athletic Director, Head Women's Lacrosse Coach, and Assistant Men's Lacrosse Coach at Nichols College.


Rausch leaves Nichols College as the second-winningest coach in program history. In three years at the helm, Rausch and the Bison tallied 12 wins while 20 student-athletes earned academic all-conference accolades. In 2019, the Bison women's team set a school record for most free position goals, accumulating 57 in 16 games. As an assistant coach for the men's team, Rausch helped the Bison qualify for the conference tournament for the second consecutive season, while coaching multiple academic all-conference and all-conference student-athletes.


Administratively at NC, Rausch ran the day-to-day operations for the department's transportation, marketing and sports information departments.


Prior to Nichols College, Rausch spent five years in Colorado working at 3d Lacrosse, Team 180 Sports, and as a boys and girls high school coach. At 3d Lacrosse, she served as the Girls National Director, providing oversite for five regions and 50 teams, including developing national level camps, clinics and tournaments.


Rausch spent the 2015-16 season as the Head Lacrosse Coach at Kent Denver School, leading the Sun Devils to the state semi-final game for the first time in six years. Before coaching at Kent Denver School, Rausch was the Co-Head Coach at Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs in 2015-16, starting the inaugural boy's lacrosse program while managing seven assistant coaches. She started her high school coaching career in Colorado Springs at Rampart High School from 2011-15, while also serving as the Team Colorado Head Coach. She was named the 2016 3d Lacrosse Coach of the Year and the 2015 Gazette Preps Lacrosse Coach of the Year.


Rausch received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Elmira College in Elmira, N.Y. A three-year captain and a two-time Empire 8 all-conference performer, Rausch competed in lacrosse and field hockey for the Soaring Eagles.

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