AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst College women's lacrosse head coach Christine Paradis was named the 2014 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Berkshire Region Coach of the Year.
Paradis coached the Jeffs to a program-record 19 wins with just three losses as the Purple & White returned to the national semifinals for the first time since the 2004 season and sixth overall. It was Amherst's 11th NCAA Championship appearance as the team improved to 22-10 all-time.
The Jeffs opened the 2014 campaign with 14 straight wins, the best start in program history, and finished a perfect 10-0 at home. After reaching the NESCAC Championship for the first time since 2005, the Jeffs earned an at-large bid to the national postseason tournament. Following a first round bye, Amherst cruised past Bridgewater State in the second round, 20-4, followed by a 12-3 win against 13th-ranked York (Pa.). In the Elite Eight round, the Purple & White edged fourth-ranked TCNJ, 8-5, before falling to second-ranked and eventual national champion Salisbury, 8-4.
Paradis coached two IWLCA All-Americans this season, seniors Alex Philie and Krista Zsitvay. Philie earned her third consecutive All-America honor and was named to the first team for the first time in her career, while Zsitvay was named to the third team. Paradis also coached the nation's top goalkeeper in Christy Forrest '16, who finished the year with the lowest goals-against average in DIII with a 5.62 mark.
Six Jeffs had also received IWLCA All-Berkshire Region honors earlier this year. Philie, Zsitvay, Kerry Fusco '15, Forrest and Rachel Passarelli '16 garnered first-team accolades, while Meghan Mills '15 nabbed a spot on the second-team.