IWLCA National and Regional Lacrosse Coaches of the Year

In his 11th season at the helm, Nestor guided Salisbury University to the program's fifth national championship game and the Sea Gulls' 10th straight Capital Athletic Conference championship. Salisbury tied the school record for wins in a season, going 22-1 in 2012, spending six weeks atop the IWLCA top 20 coaches poll and finished the season No. 2. The Sea Gulls opened the season with 22-straight wins, matching the school record for consecutive wins. Nestor's team had four players honored as All-Americans, including three student-athletes on the First Team and attacker Katie Bollhorst was named 2012 CAC Player of the Year. The Sea Gulls were the top-ranked defense (5.00 goals per game) in the nation and the 19th-ranked offense (15.43 goals per game). In his 11 seasons as Salisbury's women's lacrosse head coach, Nestor has posted a record of 198-24, including a 68-2 mark in the CAC. Under his guidance, the Sea Gulls have won 87 consecutive CAC contests.

Taylor completed her fourth season as Cortland's women's lacrosse head coach in 2012. She has led Cortland to a combined 72-14 record (.837), four State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) tournament titles and four NCAA Div. III tournament appearances. Taylor's 72 victories are third in Cortland history and her .837 winning percentage ranks as the best in program history. Eleven of her players have earned All-America honors, including three in 2012, two of which made the first team. She has coached Cortland's first-ever four-time All-American who finished her career as the Red Dragons' all-time leader in goals, assists and points and third in scoring in Division III history. This past season, Taylor led Cortland to a 20-2 record, including 19 wins in a row, a 14th consecutive SUNYAC title and a second straight appearance in the NCAA Div. III Final Four where the Red Dragons tied for third nationally, falling to eventual national champion Trinity in the semifinals. The 20 wins were the second-most in program history behind only the 21 victories from last season. Besides the three All-Americans, Taylor coached six all-region players, six All-SUNYAC players, the SUNYAC Player of the Year and the Elite 89 Award winner this season.

Uhlfelder led the Occidental women's lacrosse team to a 13-4 overall record, its first SCIAC Championship game and its first NCAA Division III playoff appearance in just the program's third year. After winning eight games combined in their first two seasons, the Tigers went on a 10-game winning streak in 2012 that spanned nearly two months. In the first round of the NCAA playoffs, Oxy was just one goal away from advancing before losing 15-14 to Redlands. Laxpower.com ranked the Occidental College women's team one of the seven most improved NCAA Division III schools during 2012 and Uhlfelder was recently selected as an assistant coach with Team Canada for the 2013 Women's Lacrosse World Cup. The Tigers finished the season ranked No. 2 in the West Region without any seniors on their roster. They had six players named All-SCIAC and had their first player ever named to the IWLCA All-West Region team.

In Division II, C. W. Post's Meghan McNamara just completed her fifth season as head coach of C.W. Post, and reached the pinnacle of success this season as the Pioneers won the 2012 NCAA Division II National Championship, defeating West Chester, 17-16. This year's appearance in the NCAA Championships was a record tenth for the Pioneers, and McNamara's team ended the season with the top ranking in the IWLCA poll. C.W. Post ended its season with a 17-3 record, tying the program record for wins in a season. Several other records also fell under McNamara's tutelage, include most goals in a season (team - 337), single-season scoring (Ashley Olen 74), single-season assists (Jackie Sileo 96) and single-season points (Sileo 141). The Pioneers outscored opponents 337-177 this season and were ranked top ten nationally in several categories: first in points (525), fifth in scoring offense (16.85), sixth in scoring margin (8.00), and sixth in scoring defense (8.85). McNamara also had five players earn IWLCA All-America first team honors, five players named to the IWLCA North Region teams, and ten players garnered spots on the All-East Coast Conference teams, including Coach of the Year honors for McNamara. In her five seasons as head coach, McNamara has posted a 79-14 record.

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2012-10-02



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