University of Delaware

University of Delaware Athletics
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Division 1 Delaware Northeast
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Amy Altig

Amy Altig was named the seventh coach in University of Delaware women's lacrosse program history on June 3, 2019.


Altig comes to Newark following nine seasons at Penn State University, where she spent time as an assistant coach and most recently as the program's associate head coach.


"We are excited to have Amy Altig join our Blue Hen family," remarked Bob Lopez, Associate Athletics Director for Sport Administration. "In addition to bringing a wealth of experience as a player and coach at the highest levels, we are most excited about the growth and development that she will deliver to our program and student-athletes. Coach Altig is a relentless recruiter and her desire to win is only outdone by her desire to provide our student-athletes with an exceptional experience. From a field filled with tremendous candidates, her experience and successes allowed her to rise to the top."


With Altig on the sidelines, the Nittany Lions garnered 111 wins at a clip of .631 with seven NCAA Tournament appearances and two trips to the NCAA Tournament Final Four. Prior to her time at PSU, Altig held assistant coaching stints at Princeton University (2007-10) and the University of Richmond (2005-07).


"It is a true honor and privilege to be named the women's lacrosse head coach at the University of Delaware," Altig exclaimed. "The University of Delaware offers the complete student-athlete experience with exceptional academics, nationally competitive athletics and amazing community support. I am very excited to get back to the CAA and to work with this dedicated and talented group of young women.


Altig continued, "I would like to thank Chrissi Rawak and Bob Lopez in addition the rest of the athletics staff for the opportunity to lead the Blue Hens women's lacrosse program to new heights. The Unviersity of Delaware has a special family atmosphere, and this is something I was immediately drawn to and cannot wait to be a part of. This is an opportunity of a lifetime for my family and I and we could not be more thrilled to get started. I would also like to thank Penn State University, women's lacrosse head coach Missy Doherty and the women's lacrosse program for nine amazing years that have prepared me for this next chapter in my career. The experiences, relationships and memories built at Penn State will last us for a lifetime and we are forever grateful for the opportunity to represent the blue and white."


Altig worked mainly with the Nittany Lion goalkeepers and defensive unit. During her tenure, she coached 19 All-Americans, 36 All-Region performers, 40 All-Conference selections in addition to more than 25 student-athletes who received academic honors. Additionally, PSU boasted three Conference Goalkeepers of the Year under Altig's guidance.


After helping Penn State to a third NCAA quarterfinal appearance in four years in 2015, Altig was named IWLCA Assistant Coach of the Year and was inducted to the U.S. Lacrosse Virginia Chapter Hall of Fame.


As a goalkeeper at James Madison University from 2001-05, Altig led the Dukes to two Colonial Athletic Association titles, was a two-time All-CAA pick and was selected to the North/South STX Senior All-Star Game. A two-time team captain, she also saw a spot on the 2004 CAA All-Tournament Team and still ranks in the Top 12 of three career statistical categories at JMU.


Altig became a playing member of the USA National Team in 2003 and was part of the 2009 USA World Cup Training Team and 2008 USA Prague Touring Team. She also served as a field coach for USA Tryouts from 2015-17. Since 2017, Altig has been the defensive coordinator/goalkeepers coach for the USA National Team.


A native of Millersville, Md., Altig earned a bachelor's degree in kinesiology with a concentration in sports management from James Madison in 2005. She and her wife, Megan, have a daughter, Ava.

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Steph Lazo

Steph Lazo joined the Blue Hens as an assistant coach in June 2019. She will be responsible for the program's offensive unit, scouting, social media and alumni relations.

"Steph’s experience as a player who went to back-to-back Final Fours at Penn State, was an All-American and was climbing the record books there as a player has translated into her coaching," remarked Delaware head coach Amy Altig. "Her ability to develop attackers is exceptional and with her attacking mindset, our attackers will be developed to be strong, challenging and hard-working. Our offense will definitely be high paced because that’s how Steph plays. She’s very dynamic. Her personality is electric, she brings a lot of passion. You’re going to see a lot of excitement on our sidelines coming from Steph."


Lazo arrives in Newark after spending the 2019 season as a volunteer assistant coach at her alma mater, Penn State, and the 2018 season as an assistant coach at Mount St. Mary's.


A two-time All-American for the Nittany Lions, Lazo helped guide PSU to four NCAA Tournament appearances, including two trips to the semifinals.


In addition to her All-American accolades, the Stevensville, Md. native was a three-time All-Region selection, two-time All-Big Ten selection, two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and the 2017 Big Ten Attack Player of the Year. As a senior, Lazo was a unanimous All-Big Ten pick, leading the conference in points (89) and assists (43). Her 89 points as a senior were the most for a Nittany Lion since the 1989 campaign while her 43 assists are good for second-most in program history. She also earned IWLCA Senior All-Star Game MVP honors in 2017.


The 2017 Penn State Female Athlete of the Year, Lazo finished her career ranked seventh all-time in program history in points (211) and assists (89).


Lazo earned a Bachelor of Science degree in rehabilitation and human services from Penn State University in 2017. Her mother, Sue Whitfield Lazo, played women's basketball for the Blue Hens from 1984-88 and still has her name littered within the program record books.


She was selected by the New England Command in the inaugural Women's Professional Lacrosse League (WPLL) draft in 2018 and helped lead the Command to the Inaugural Championship title that season.

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Kelly McPartland

Kelly McPartland joined the Blue Hens in June 2019 as an assistant coach. She will be responsible for the Blue Hen defensive unit and will also serve as the program's recruiting coordinator.

"Kelly's resume speaks for itself with her experiences as a player and a coach," remarked Delaware head coach Amy Altig. "She has won two national championships, has been recognized by the Tewaaraton committee, spent some time on the US National Team and currently plays in the Women's Professional Lacrosse League (WPLL). Her relevance to the sport is something that's going to help elevate our player development. Kelly is very personable and her excitement level and her knowledge of the game and winning culture in a family setting is something that will positively affect our program. She has all the traits that we're looking for as we build the culture at Delaware."


McPartland arrives in Newark after spending the previous four seasons as an assistant coach at Columbia University. During her tenure, the Lions continually showed improvement and made the program's first-ever trip to the Ivy League Tournament in 2018 after posting a three-win conference record for the first time in school history.


A native of Farmingdale, N.Y., McPartland currently plays professionally in the WPLL as a midfielder for the Fight. Prior to joining the WPLL for its inaugural season in 2018, she played for Long Island Sound in the United Women's Lacrosse League for two years. In November 2018, McPartland was part of a 15-player team which traveled to Japan with the WPLL to help grow the sport around the world.


As a member of the US Women's National Lacrosse Team from 2011 to 2015, McPartland won a gold medal for Team USA at the 2011 FIL Women's U-19 World Lacrosse Championship in Hanover, Germany.


Prior to joining the Columbia program, McPartland spent the previous four years as a standout midfielder at the University of Maryland. As a Terrapin, she recorded 125 goals along with 62 assists, lifting Maryland to back-to-back National Championships in 2014 and 2015.


As a junior, she scored a goal in all but two games with a season-total of 61 and a team-leading 94 points en route to the 2014 national crown. As a senior, she served as team captain, leading the Terrapins in defending their national championship title. McPartland was also a three-time NCAA All-Tournament Team pick.


Along with two national championships, three ACC Conference Championships and a Big Ten Championship, McPartland was named to the Tewaaraton Watch List in 2013, 2014 and 2015 while also garnering First Team All-Conference and All-American honors in 2014.


McPartland is no stranger to the University of Delaware as her sister, Stacey was a defender for the Blue Hens women's lacrosse team from 2006 to 2008.


McPartland graduated from Maryland in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in hearing and speech sciences.

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