McDaniel's Lagana is Mid-Atlantic soccer coach of year

McDaniel women's soccer coach and Sykesville native Sandy Lagana has been named the Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Lagana completed her second season at the helm, guiding the Green Terror to its first Centennial Conference playoff appearance in program history.

She also led the team into the Eastern College Athletic Conference South tournament.

Lagana now advances as a candidate for National Coach of the Year against the other seven regional winners. The national award is expected to be announced during the week of Dec. 16.

In the two years since Lagana's arrival in Westminster, McDaniel has improved from a 3-11 mark in 2011 to a 7-10-1 record in her first season and a 13-6-1 record in her second -- the most wins in a season since 2003.

The offense finished 2013 in the top two in the conference and top 100 nationally in goals, assists and points. McDaniel finished the season with 43 goals, more than doubling its 2012 offensive output. It was the most goals by a Green Terror team in a decade.

Lagana graduated as valedictorian from South Carroll High School in 2000. Following graduation, she played soccer and lacrosse at Bridgewater College in Virginia.

She graduated from Bridgewater in 2004 with a bachelor of arts in communication studies. She earned her masters of science in kinesiology and recreation studies with concentrations in athletic administration and coaching from James Madison in 2006.

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