Curiale Steps Down as Wagner Lacrosse Coach After Five Years

Staten Island, NY Wagner College Director of Athletics Walt Hameline has announced the resignation of head women's lacrosse coach Cristina Curiale after five seasons at the helm of the Seahawk program.

"I thank Cristina for the five years of service that she's devoted to the Wagner College women's lacrosse program and wish her all the best," said Hameline. "Cristina put in a lot of time and energy in helping to lay the ground work for a solid program and we will look to build upon that foundation which she has built."

From 2009-2013, Curiale guided the Seahawks to an overall record of 24-59 and a Northeast Conference (NEC) mark of 12-32. In 2012, Wagner compiled a 7-10 record, recording the most wins since 2005 (nine) and marking just the seventh time in program history that Wagner has won seven or more games. In addition, the 2012 and 2013 seasons represent the third and fourth-most single-season wins as Wagner followed up its seven-win season in 2012 with six victories in 2013.

During her tenure at Wagner, Curiale recruited or coached 10 student-athletes who currently rank in the top 10 in seven different statistical categories and eight who earned spots on All-NEC postseason teams. Several Seahawks were also nationally ranked in various statistical categories during her tenure.

A hallmark throughout Curiale's five-year coaching stint on Grymes Hill was the team's consistently high academic achievement. In 2009, Wagner earned the highest GPA among all Division I, II & III women's lacrosse programs and the team was named an Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Association (IWLCA) Academic Squad in four consecutive years. In addition, 14 of her players were named to the IWLCA Academic Honor Roll, and 57 student-athletes were represented on the NEC Spring Honor Roll.

In 2013, Wagner received the NEC Women's Lacrosse Sportsmanship Award in a vote that was conducted among each NEC team's coaches and captains.

"I will always look back with great affection on the years that I was entrusted with the position of head women's lacrosse coach at Wagner College," Curiale said. "I am proud of my team's accomplishments through the years, academically and athletically. During my five-year tenure, we raised the bar for our program in many areas and I firmly believe the program will have much success in the future."

Curiale arrived at Wagner in August, 2008 after spending the 2008 season as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Rutgers University. Prior to returning to Rutgers, Curiale spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Monmouth University, where she helped guide the Hawks to a pair of NEC Tournament championships and one regular season title. A 2004 Rutgers graduate, Curiale enjoyed a stellar four-year career for the Scarlet Knights, and was named Second-Team All-Big East as a junior and captain as a senior.


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