Iona Announces Lacrosse Coaching Staff for the 2014 Season

NEW ROCHELLE, NY - Iona College head lacrosse coach Michelle Mason announced her 2014 coaching staff: Catherine Conway is the Gaels' new first assistant, Stephanie Sumcizk will serve as second assistant, and Liz Malenfant has joined the staff as a volunteer assistant.

Catherine Conway comes to Iona after a year-long stint at MAAC rival Manhattan College. With the Jaspers, she mentored freshman center Stephanie Ranagan, who finished 24th nationally in draw controls, and goalie Christina Fiorinelli who finished sixth in saves and 11th in saves per game.

Conway is a 2012 graduate of Boston College, where she spent four seasons as both as a goalkeeper and midfielder for the Eagles and earned a bachelor's degree in communications (marketing and advertising) with a minor in business management.

"Catherine's dedication to player development makes her the perfect addition to our staff to provide our athletes with the accountability and attention they need," said Mason. "She knows what it takes to win in the MAAC, understands the value of a Catholic education, and is as passionate about the game as I am."

Conway brings a wealth of playing experience as a goalie and midfielder at the ACC level as well as a member of the USA Practice Squad and New York Athletic Club team. She has ties to the club world; coached top-CT team NewLax, and played for Northeast powerhouse MassElite.

Conway currently serves as Assistant Director of the Top Side Snipers, a up-and-coming team out of Westchester, NY. She has worked top-rated camps throughout the East Coast; PEAK 200, Peak Goalie School, and served as the Director of Goalie Opps for Elite 180.

With the Gaels, Conway's responsibilities will include recruiting, goalie training, defensive strategy, social media, marketing for camps/clinics, individual training and scouting.

Stephanie Sumcizk has been elevated from volunteer to the team's second assistant. A 2012 graduate of Iona College, Sumcizk had a standout career with the Gaels, earning MAAC Tri-Defensive Player of the Year as a senior along with First Team All-MAAC honors. Off the field, Sumcizk earned multiple selections to the MAAC All-Academic Team.

"Stephanie's knowledge of our institution and dedication to its mission are invaluable qualities she possesses," said Mason. "I look forward to see the progress she makes with our defensive unit with her technical knowledge of defensive strategy."

Her duties with the Gaels will include academic support, defensive strategy, travel logistics, recruiting, schedule coordination and scouting.

"Steph took on a highly administrative role this summer while I was on the road recruiting and did an excellent job," said Mason. "Her commitment to Iona lacrosse and her knowledge of our program will continue to be assets that are valuable both while recruiting and retaining student-athletes. She truly cares about this program and is loyal to our values."

Liz Malenfant is a 2013 graduate of Mount Holyoke College, where she was a two-year starter for the Lyons and also a member of the women's soccer team.

"Liz is a great addition to our coaching staff," said Mason. "She is enthusiastic, has a natural ability to relate to the players, and possesses an undeniable love for the game."

Malenfant led her team to an ECAC Championship her senior year, and was recognized by the NEWMAC as Player of the Week three times, Mount Holyoke Lyon of the Week, ECAC Player of the Week, ECAC Most-Outstanding Player, All-Conference First Team and IWLCA All-Region Second Team.

In her role with the Gaels, Malenfant will work with the team's goalies and assist with graphic design and promotion of lacrosse events.


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