Towson hires former Terps standout as women's lacrosse coach

LaMonica served as Tigers assistant before taking over Mount St. Mary's program last year

August 06, 2010|By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun

Sonia LaMonica, former Maryland Terrapins All-American and Mount St. Mary's coach, was named Friday to take over a Towson University women's lacrosse program that has made huge strides on the national stage in the past few years.

LaMonica spent two years as a Tigers assistant coach before taking her first head-coaching job last season at the Mount, where she guided the team to an 8-9 season and the Northeast Conference tournament semifinals.

"I am charged with excitement and energy for this next chapter in my coaching career and look so very forward to reuniting with the student-athletes and staff at this outstanding institution and continuing the growth this program has experienced over the last few years," she said in a news release.

At Towson, LaMonica takes over a program that has steadily risen to crack the Top 10 for the first time last season, rising as high as No. 7 and finishing the season at No. 11. The Tigers won three Colonial Athletic Association championships and made four appearances in the NCAA tournament during the seven-year tenure of Missy Doherty, who left Towson last month to take over Penn State's program.

"[LaMonica] has the experience to be a firm leader and is young enough to relate to the young women she will coach," Ted Zaleski, Towson's interim director of athletics, said in a news release. "She also provides Towson with continuity for our women's lacrosse program. She helped recruit many of the players on this year's squad. She will hit the field running."

A native of Australia, LaMonica played for that nation's world championship 2005 World Cup team and silver-medalist 2009 team. She was a three-year starter for the Terrapins and helped them to national championships in 2000 and 2001.

LaMonica, the mother of a newborn son with her husband Michael LaMonica, will take over the Tigers program on Aug. 16.

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