Milestone mania struck women’s college lacrosse last week as three coaches, including Towson’s Sonia LaMonica, reached significant career achievements.
LaMonica earned her 100th career victory Monday with the Tigers’ 15-10 win over Oregon. Last weekend, The College of New Jersey’s Sharon Pfluger became the first college coach with 500 wins while Florida’s Amanda O’Leary won her 300th.
For LaMonica, an Australia native and former All-American at Maryland, the milestone comes in her eighth season at Towson after coaching one year at Mount St. Mary’s.
“It just makes me think about all those who have been a part of the program that have played a big part in that,” LaMonica said. “It’s been really amazing to hear from a number of our alumni who’ve just reached out to me. That’s kind of what this job is all about, those relationships you make with those players and that’s what I think is so meaningful about it all.”
She laughed when adding, “You have lots of great memories, and you have lots of great memories when you have lots of wins.”
The senior attacker, a McDonogh graduate, has scored 23 goals on 29 free-position shots this season and averages 2.3 per game. She’s scoring on 79.3 percent of her attempts, which ranks fifth in the nation, but she’s hit nine more and taken 12 more than anyone with a better shooting percentage.
Whittle leads the Terps in goals with 38 and points with 49. She’s this week’s Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association National Player of the Week after scoring seven goals and contributing three assists in back-to-back wins against two previously unbeaten teams, No. 6 Penn and No. 4 James Madison.
Keeping your head on a swivel is one thing, but …
Stony Brook’s Kylie Ohlmiller set Division I records last season for points and assists and the program is commemorating that in unique style for women’s lacrosse.
The senior attacker now has her own bobblehead.
On April 13, when the No. 1 Seawolves take on Johns Hopkins at LaValle Stadium, the first 500 fans will receive Ohlmiller bobbleheads, complete with her signature eye black.
The bobblehead has it’s own Twitter account, @kyliebobblehead with 109 followers by Thursday morning. In a video of Ohlmiller unveiling it, she seems a bit overwhelmed. About all she could say was, “That’s really cool.”