June 1, 2006

Duffy to Lead Lady Bobcats Lacrosse

Lees-McRae College Athletics Director Reid Estus is proud to announce the hiring of Andrea Duffy as women's lacrosse coach. Duffy comes to Banner Elk from the University of Dallas where she served as Head Women's Coach for both soccer and lacrosse.

"After a successful collegiate career, Andrea continued her winning ways on the sideline," said Estus. "Her success in New York at both Oneonta and Siena, as well as her guidance of the youthful program at University of Dallas make her the ideal candidate to lead our women's lacrosse program. She has proven she can both teach the game and win at the collegiate level. We are looking forward to, and are very fortunate to have her lead the Lady Bobcats lacrosse program."

In 2004, Duffy was hired to lead the inaugural season of women's lacrosse at the University of Dallas. With a team consisting of mainly beginners, Duffy teams improved each season. The inaugural saw many players picking up a lacrosse stick for the first time as the school was the only one in the state to offer women's lacrosse as a varsity sport. Under Duffy's tutelage the team steadily improved game-by-game improving from a winless first season in 2004 to a 4-9 record in 2006. Prior to starting the program at UD, Duffy assisted at both Oneonta State College and Siena College. While at Oneonta, her squad finished 10-6 (5-2 SUNYAC) and advanced to both the SUNYAC and ECAC tournaments. While at Division I Siena, her team finished with a record of 11-7, (5-1 MAAC), earned a share of the MAAC regular season championship and played in the championship game. Last season, Duffy's UD Soccer team finished with a 13-2 record and advanced to the NCAA tournament.

"I would like to thank Reid and the confidence that has been placed in me by the athletic department. The Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference is one of the best in women's lacrosse. I am anxious to get started at Lees-McRae, meet both the returning and incoming players, and build this program to contend for a CVAC Championship," commented Duffy.

A native of Liverpool, NY, Duffy excelled in both soccer and lacrosse at Liverpool High School. A team captain in both sports, and named First Team All-League and Third Team All-Central NY, her achievements on the field brought her to Frostburg State University in Maryland where she was played lacrosse for four years and soccer for two. Duffy did not waste any time upon her enrollment at Frostburg State University. A four Starting 58 games in her career, she helped lead her lacrosse team to the 200 & 2001 ECAC Regional. During the 2002 campaign Duffy led the team in assists with 15 while also placing second in goals scored with 31. As a senior she was named co-captain of the lacrosse team and finished the season as her team's fourth leading scorer with 20 points, while also tallying 34 draw controls, the second most on her team. In soccer, she played in 37 games, starting all but three and helped her squad to a pair of AMCC Championships.

Duffy earned her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from Frostburg State in 2003. She will begin her tenure as Head Coach of the women's lacrosse team July 1st.