By Danielle Hines | Staff Writer
Newly appointed head women’s lacrosse coach Lisa Evans found her assistant for the 2016-17 campaign, and it’s a familiar face — former Duquesne attacker Caitlin Prince.
In the summer of 2009, Evans was told by former head coach Mike Scerbo to contact one of the commits who would be coming to Duquesne in the fall of 2010. That player turned out to be Prince.
“While I was out on the recruiting trail that summer, Coach Scerbo also had me watch Caitlin, who was still playing club lacrosse for her travel team,” said Evans. “I was blown away with her style of play and athleticism.”
After graduating in 2014, the former attacker Prince returns to the Bluff after serving as an assistant coach for the Robert Morris University Colonials women’s lacrosse program for the past two seasons. Specifically, Prince spent a majority of her time recruiting for the Colonials.
For Prince, 2017 will mark her third consecutive year as an assistant collegiate coach. While at RMU, the Colonials attended the NEC semifinal and finished with winning records. Prince also coached seven student-athletes honored with All-Northeast Conference selections.
“As a player, I grasped the little things. As a coach, I focus on building strong fundamentals to create a quality final product,” Prince said. “It is an honor to be back coaching at my alma mater. Duquesne founded my love for Pittsburgh so I look forward to sharing the community with others.”
At Duquesne, Prince had a program best 62 goals in a single season in 2012 and ranked third in program history with 162 career goals. In both 2012 and 2014, she was named to the Atlantic 10 First-Team All-Conference and in her freshman season she secured a spot on the A-10 All-Rookie Team.
In 2012, Prince was named Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLSA) All-West/Midwest Region Second Team and A-10 Academic All-Conference. Similar to sophomore Sarah Kolhoff in 2016, Prince was also presented with the opportunity to try out for the U.S. Women’s Lacrosse National Team during her collegiate career.
“I am excited to work with Lisa and help players succeed and develop their talents on and off the field,” Prince said. “We are excited to continue building a strong brand for Duquesne Lacrosse in the Atlantic 10.”
As Duquesne women’s lacrosse enters the 2016-17 season with a new coaching staff, they hope to excite and produce success throughout the entire program.