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Sticking Points

As Player, Then Coach, Reese Takes Women’s Lacrosse to NCAA Titles

By Annie Krakower

Women's lacrosse coach Cathy Reese with the team

Photo courtesy of Maryland Athletics

Photo courtesy of Maryland Athletics

When the University of Maryland women’s lacrosse team netted its 15th national title in May, Cathy Reese ’98 hoisted the NCAA trophy for an astonishing 12th time.

After winning it all in each of her four years as an attacker for the Terps, Reese helped UMD tally another three titles as assistant coach before taking the helm in 2007. Since then, she’s become the program’s winningest head coach, leading Maryland to 11 consecutive Final Fours and five more championships.

Along the way, Reese has seen members of her squad take home eight Tewaaraton Awards, given annually to the top collegiate player in the sport—including goalie Megan Taylor this past season.

The accolades don’t stop there. Huddle up and check how Reese’s success has been intertwined with the Terps’.

Player: 2-time All-American, 4 national championships, 1998 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player; Coach: 4-time National Coach of the Year, 20 conference championships, 11-time conference coach of the year, 5 national championships, 2019 National Lacrosse Hall of Fame Inductee, winningest coach at Maryland (270–22), passing her own coach, Cindy Timchal, on April 3. (Reese and Timchal account for 13 of UMD women's lacrosse's 15 national titles). Extra Shots: One of three head coaches in this year's Final 4 (with Kelly Amonte Hiller '96 of Northwestern and Acacia Walker-Weinstein '05 of Boston College) who are UMD alumni. Had Maryland Dairy ice cream flavor named in her honor this year: Cathy's Victory Swirl blends vanilla ice cream with crushed Reese's cups, Reese's Pieces and a chocolate sauce.

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