Le Moyne Names Cortland's Taylor as Head Lacrosse Coach

Syracuse, N.Y. - Le Moyne College Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics Matt Bassett announced on Thursday morning the hiring of Kathy Taylor as the fifth head women's lacrosse coach in program history. Taylor replaces Beth Hewitt, who resigned last month after a successful five-year run in charge of the Dolphins to accept the assistant coach position at Division I Vanderbilt University.

Taylor, a 2010 inductee into the Upstate New York Chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame, comes to Le Moyne after turning the women's lacrosse program at SUNY Cortland into a national power. Taylor, who guided the Red Dragons to the NCAA Tournament six times and to the NCAA Semifinals each of the last four seasons, compiled a record of 115-17 (.871) over her six years at Cortland, including a mark of 84-7 (.923) over the last four campaigns.

"Coach Taylor is a proven winner with an impeccable record of success," said Bassett. "Our women's lacrosse program competes on the national stage each year with the goal of winning conference and national championships. It was important for us to hire an individual who has had to handle the daily challenges of pursuing that level of success year after year and Coach Taylor has proven that she thrives in that environment. Kathy has expressed a very clear and inspirational vision for our program, which includes an acute responsibility for the development of the student-athlete experience, fully balanced with the relentless pursuit of excellence in competition. On behalf of our entire community, we are extremely excited to welcome Kathy Taylor as our newest member of the Le Moyne Dolphin family!"

"I am extremely grateful and energized for the opportunity that Matt Bassett and Le Moyne College has given me to be the next head women's lacrosse coach," said Taylor. "I am excited about the future of the program and thrilled to come in and continue the great work Beth Hewitt has done in establishing Le Moyne as a national contender. I look forward to working with the outstanding student-athletes and cannot wait to get started chasing a national championship."

Taylor, who went 48-1 in State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) action, led the Red Dragons to six straight SUNYAC Tournament Championships and five consecutive SUNYAC regular season championships. Named the IWLCA Empire Region Coach of the Year each of the last four years and the SUNYAC Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2014, Taylor led the Red Dragons to 41 consecutive SUNYAC regular-season victories and 53 straight wins against SUNYAC opponents.

Under her guidance, 15 of her student-athletes received IWLCA All-America accolades, including nine first-team selections, while 27 were tabbed with All-Region honors, including 22 first-team members. She coached 34 student-athletes to All-SUNYAC honors, 21 of which were selected to the first team. Five of her players were named SUNYAC Player of the Year and two were tabbed SUNYAC Rookie of the Year.

In her final season at Cortland, Taylor guided the Red Dragons to a school-record mark of 22-1 and the program's 16th straight SUNYAC title. The Red Dragons opened the season by winning 22 straight contests, a school record, before falling by a goal in the NCAA Semifinals to Trinity College. The previous season, Cortland posted a record of 21-2 and registered its third consecutive berth in the NCAA Semifinals, where the Red Dragons were upended by Trinity, 8-6, to snap their 18-game win streak.

The 2012 campaign saw the Red Dragons go 20-2, which included 19 consecutive victories, before losing to eventual national champion Trinity in the semifinals. In addition to earning her second straight IWLCA Empire Region Coach of the Year honors, Taylor coached the North squad to a victory at the IWLCA North-South Senior All-Star Game. In 2011, Cortland returned to the national scene as Taylor led the Red Dragons to their first 20-win season, recording a then-program best 21 victories, and the program's second NCAA Semifinal appearance.

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