University of Connecticut

No Men's Program Storrs, CT 06269
Division 1 Connecticut Northeast
Public Large National competitor


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Katie Woods

Katie Woods wrapped up her seventh season at UConn in 2017, guiding the Huskies to an 8-8 overall record and a 5-4 clip in the Big East. Woods 73 wins and .633 win percentage at UConn both mark the highest in program history, as Woods looks to continue her reign as the most successful coach in UConn women's lacrosse history.

In 2016, Woods coached Shannon Nee to her first IWLCA All-American selection, while Nee and Grace Nolan garnered IWLCA All-Region First Team honors. In addition to their all-region honors, Nolan and Nee earned BIG EAST Attacker and Goalkeeper of the Year accolades, respectively. The Huskies finished the season with a 12-5 over all record and a 6-1 clip in conference action.

Woods helped UConn make history in 2015, helping UConn to accomplished two firsts in the 2015 Big East Tournament after topping Georgetown in the semifinal round. The win marked UConn's first Big East postseason victory in program history and sent the Huskies to their first ever Big East Championship game. Connecticut fell to top-seeded Florida in the finals, as UConn ended the season with double-digit win total (11-7).

In 2015 three UConn players and the Huskies coaching staff each took home major Big East season awards prior to the start of the conference tournament. Lauren Kwasnowski was tabbed the League's Defender of the Year, while Shannon Nee (Goalkeeper of the Year) and Grace Nolan (Rookie of the Year) were also both recognized. Woods and her staff earned Big East Coaching Staff of the Year after leading a Huskies team that once again finished perfect (6-0) at home during the regular season.

Nee and Kwasnowski were both named to the 2015 All-Big East First Team along with midfielder Emily Anderson and attacker Katherine Finkelston. Nolan and attacker Carly Palmucci represented the two Huskies to earn All-Big East second team honors.

Kwasnowski added another postseason accolade to her resume when she was named an IWLCA Second Team All-American in May. She became the fifth Husky to receive the national honor, and she was the first Connecticut defender to be tabbed an All-American. Kwasnowski and Nee were both IWLCA All-Northeast First Team selections in 2015, while Finkelston earned a spot on the Second Team.

That January, Woods was inducted into the CT Lacrosse Hall of Fame along with six other honorees. The Connecticut native, who was a three-sport athlete in high school was recognized in a ceremony on Jan. 30 in Milford, Conn.

Connecticut won at least 10 games for the third straight season in 2014, and four players were named to the All-Big East First Team, including Kwasnowski, who earned her first All-Conference honors. Senior midfielder Lauren Kahn and Nee were again named to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-Northeast Region First Team after leading the Huskies to a third place finish in the Big East. Connecticut ended the year with a 5-2 record in conference play and won nine of its last 11 regular season games. The Huskies fell in the Big East Semifinals for the second straight year, as they lost to Georgetown, 16-8, in Washington D.C.

In 2013, Woods helped the Huskies make history, as Connecticut finished the season 13-5 and clinched a berth in both the BIG EAST Championships and NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. Kahn was named the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year and was selected to the All-BIG EAST and IWLCA All-Region First Team. Nee was also selected to the IWLCA All-Region First Team, and Nee, senior attacker Morgan O'Reilly and junior attacker Kacey Pippitt were all named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team.

Woods led Connecticut to a 10-6 mark in 2012, including a 3-5 record in the BIG EAST Conference. Under her guidance, senior attack M.E. Lapham was named First Team All-Region and All-BIG EAST First Team for the second straight year. Woods also coached sophomore midfielder Lauren Kahn to Second Team All-Region and All-BIG EAST Second Team honors.

In her first year at the helm of UConn lacrosse in 2011, Woods guided the Huskies to a 9-7 overall record, including a 3-5 mark in the BIG EAST Conference. Under her tutelage, M.E. Lapham had a record-setting season, notching 55 goals to set the UConn season mark. Lapham also went on to earn All-BIG EAST First Team honors and was later selected to the IWLCA All-Region First Team.

Woods joined the University of Connecticut as the head women's lacrosse coach in 2011 after serving in the same role for the previous four years at American University.

During her time at American, the Eagles collected 23 all-conference selections, five Patriot League Player of the Year honors and 72 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll accolades. Following the 2008 season Woods was named the Patriot League Coach of the Year after leading the Eagles to a 5-1 record in league play and a share of the regular season championship.

In 2007, her first season as head coach at American, Woods led the Eagles to a 9-9 record, the most wins in a season since 2003 and matched the record for most victories for a first-year head coach. Woods amassed 26 wins in four seasons as head coach at American including 12 in league play, and led her team to the championship game of the Patriot League tournament during both the 2007 and 2008 seasons.

Before Woods joined the American coaching staff she spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Brown University in 2005 and `06. At Brown she coached the offensive unit and assisted in coaching the goalkeepers. Woods oversaw the recruiting operations for all prospective student-athletes and served as the area recruiting coordinator for the New England region.

During the 2004 season Woods was the first assistant at Cornell where she worked with the attack and aided in player development. With the Big Red she also planned team travel and was responsible for recruiting and film breakdown.

Prior to her time at Cornell, Woods served as an assistant coach at Davidson for the 2003 season where she helped plan practices and organized recruiting efforts in addition to coaching during contests.

Woods also spent a year at Ithaca College in 2002 as a graduate assistant coach for both women's soccer and lacrosse. While at Ithaca, she earned her master's in exercise and sports sciences.

Woods was a two-sport athlete at Drew, where she played lacrosse and soccer. She was a four-time All-Conference selection in lacrosse, also picking up two Regional All-America and one National All-America award. Woods also excelled in the classroom as a two-time Scholar Athlete award winner.

She graduated with a degree in psychology in May 2001. Woods is a 1997 graduate of South Windsor High School where she played soccer, basketball and lacrosse.

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Lauren Gunning

Lauren Gunning, who played lacrosse at UConn from 2008-11, concluded her third season as an assistant coach for the Huskies this past spring.

Gunning, who handles the offensive unit, coached attacker Grace Nolan to IWLCA All-Region First Team honors, an All-BIG EAST First Team selection and garner BIG EAST Attacker of the Year accolades in 2016. Additonally, Nolan was tabbed the conference Rookie of the Year in 2015 after leading the team with 20 assists, while notching 46 points and 26 goals.

In 2015, the Huskies (11-7) reached double-digit wins for the fourth straight season in Gunning's first year on the coaching staff. Connecticut reached the Big East Finals for the first time in program history, and four UConn players were named to the All-Big East First Team. Gunning, head coach Katie Woods and assistant coach Forrest Stillwell were tabbed the 2015 Big East Coaching Staff of the Year after guiding a Connecticut team that finished top-20 nationally in three statistical categories (caused turnovers per game, assists per game and ground balls per game).

The Hunt Vally, Md. native returned to Storrs following a four-year coaching stint at the University of Cincinnati from 2011-2014. Gunning worked primarily with the Bearcats' offensive unit and spent time developing Cincinnati's goalkeepers. She also aided in the team's recruiting and scouting efforts, helping the Bearcats tie a program record with seven wins in 2013.

Prior to Cincinnati, Gunning was an assistant coach in the fall of 2011 at Iona, where she worked directly with the attack unit and assisted the head coach in running daily practices. She has participated in several camps throughout her coaching career, including Game On Lacrosse Camp at UConn, Duke Lacrosse Camp and the Triple Threat Lacrosse Camp.

Gunning tallied 20 points (11 goals, nine assists) while playing for the Huskies and she was named to the Big East All-Academic Team in each of her four seasons at Connecticut. She recorded a career-high seven goals as a senior, leading the Huskies to a 9-7 overall record in Woods' first year as head coach.

While at UConn, Gunning held an internship with women's lacrosse, as she assisted with team travel logistics and helped run the team's summer camp. She also took part in Husky Sport, volunteering each week at local elementary schools, where she promoted healthy nutrition and academic excellence.

Off the field, she has served as a product representative of deBeer/Gait Lacrosse, which sells new technology and equipment to lacrosse organizations. Gunning graduated from UConn with a bachelor's degree in sports management, finishing her time at Connecticut with a 3.6 cumulative GPA and Dean's list honors.

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Kacie Lewis

UConn head women’s lacrosse coach Katie Woods announced the hiring of Kacie Lewis as an assistant coach. Lewis, a 2013 UConn graduate, returns to the Storrs campus she called home as a member of the Huskies’ lacrosse program from 2009 through 2013.

"I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to return to my alma mater and work with such a great staff,” commented Lewis. “I truly enjoyed my playing experience at UConn and am looking forward to coming back to Storrs."

Lewis brings four years of Division I coaching experience with her back to Connecticut. She spent the past three seasons as an assistant at the University of California, Berkeley where she assisted with all facets of the program. Lewis served as the team’s defensive coordinator, responsible for the defensive unit and the goalkeepers. She also held the position of recruiting coordinator for the Golden Bears.

“We are so excited to have Kacie back at UConn,” stated Woods. “Her passion for coaching and her love of UConn will be a great asset to the program. Her defensive coaching experience will help this program compete on a national level.”

A four-year letterwinner for the Huskies, Lewis was a team captain in 2012 and 2013. During her senior season in 2013, she helped guide UConn to a school record 13 wins and the programs first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament.

During her final season, she got her first taste of coaching as well, serving as an intern to head coach Katie Woods. After earning her degree in psychology, Lewis began her full-time coaching career at the College of the Holy Cross in 2013-14. She worked with both the offense and defense, including the goalkeepers, during her one season with the Crusaders.

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