IWLCA Announces Coaches of the Year for the 2013 Season

The IWLCA has recognized 14 collegiate mentors as 2013 Coaches of the Year in their respective regions, with three being honored as National Coach of the Year. Divisional champions Jim Nestor from Salisbury, Meghan McNamara from C. W. Post, and Jenny Levy from North Carolina each led their teams to the NCAA title and were selected by their peers to receive the national recognition.

In Division III, Nestor led his team to the NCAA Championship for the second time in six attempts. It was the ninth time Nestor was been voted the top coach in the conference (Capital), after leading the Sea Gulls to an undefeated regular season, marking the 11th-consecutive season that Salisbury has gone undefeated in regular-season conference play. Earlier this season, the team broke the Division III record for consecutive-conference wins, and that mark currently sits at 72-straight conference wins.

Seven of Nestor's colleagues were honored as Regional Coaches of the Year. Kate Livesay (Trinity), Missy Foote (Middlebury), Carol Cantele (Gettysburg), Meredith Buzzi (Kenyon), Kathy Taylor (Cortland), Laura Moan (Susquehanna) and Suzette Soboti (Redlands) each earned a nod by the IWLCA.

Livesay led her team to the NCAA Championship game for the second consecutive year. The Bantams ended atop the NESCAC standings and were 21-1 on the season, finishing a perfect 10-0 in NESCAC play. Livesay mentored midfielder Megan Leonhard to the NESCAC Player of the Year award along with two other first-team selections (attacker Kaitlin Hildebrand and defender Hillary McNamara). Leonhard was also named an All-American.

Moan, a January 2010 inductee into The Greater Baltimore Chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame, was named the head coach of Susquehanna University's women's lacrosse team in November 2008 and completed her fifth full season at SU in 2013. This past season Moan and the Crusaders won a program-record 17 games, captured its first-ever Landmark Conference title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Following the regular season, Moan and assistant coach Katie Zichelli were named the Coaching Staff of the Year, five players received All-Conference recognition and senior goalie Emily Stankaitis earned All-America status.

SUNY Cortland fifth-year head coach Kathy Taylor led the Red Dragons to their 15th consecutive SUNYAC Tournament title, 15th straight NCAA Div. III playoff appearance and third consecutive NCAA Div. III Final Four this past season. The Red Dragons tied for third nationally, finishing with a 21-2 record, the third straight year Taylor has guided Cortland to a 20-win season. During 2013, the Red Dragons put together an 18-game winning streak, just one short of the school record. For her career, Taylor has posted a 93-16 overall record and her .853 winning percentage is tops in team history. This past season, Taylor coached three first team IWLCA All-Americans, the SUNYAC Player of the Year and the SUNYAC Rookie of the Year, as well as the Synapse Sports Div. III Rookie of the Year.

The Kenyon Ladies, led by North Coast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year Meredith Buzzi, made history in 2013 by claiming stake to the program's first-ever NCAC Tournament championship, along with becoming the programs most winning coach in its 40 year history. Behind a record-setting season by senior midfielder Leah Sack, the Ladies advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament for the second time in four years. Sack, the NCAC Player of the Year and All-Region selection, obliterated Kenyon single-season records for assists (68), assists per game (4.86) while climbing to the top of the charts in career points (259) and assists (169). Her marks for single-season and career assist totals surpassed conference records, as well. As a team, the Ladies set new single-season, offensive standards in points per game (25.07), goals per game (16.43), assists (121), and assists per game (8.64) en route to a remarkable year. Buzzi and the Ladies finished the season with a 13-3 overall (doubling last year's win total) record and a 7-1 ledger in conference play behind three 40-plus goal scorers, including NCAC Newcomer of the Year Jane Symmes, and a total of six all-conference honorees.

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