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.”
Pfluger just beat Navy’s Cindy Timchal to the 500 milestone. Timchal has 499 wins with the Midshipmen’s next game Saturday at Holy Cross.
In her 32nd season at TCNJ, Pfluger has guided the Lions to 11 Division III national championships and has won 86 percent of her games, the best mark at any level of college lacrosse.
O’Leary became just the fifth Division I coach to reach the 300-win milestone, joining Timchal, Princeton’s Chris Sailer, North Carolina’s Jenny Levy and Virginia’s Julie Myers.
In her ninth season at Florida, O’Leary has coached 23 overall at Florida and Yale. She started the Florida program in 2010 and that was the only year one of her teams was not ranked in the Top 20.
Free-position shot = goal
Maryland’s Megan Whittle continues to lead Division I in free-position goals after going 2-for-2 in the No. 3 Terps’ 17-5 win over Georgetown on Wednesday.
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.”
A Tewaaraton Award finalist last season and the Division I Attacker of the Year, Ohlmiller leads the 8-0 Seawolves with 35 goals and 55 points.