Katie Ritter returning to assist Panther women’s lax

MIDDLEBURY — Former Middlebury Union High School and Middlebury College athletic standout Katie Ritter is returning to her college alma mater as the assistant women’s lacrosse coach to another former MUHS and Panther standout, Kate Perine Livesay.  
Ritter was a two-time women’s All-American lacrosse player for the Panthers and also played basketball at Middlebury before focusing on lacrosse. At MUHS she was an all-state lacrosse player who helped the Tigers win the 2008 Division I title as a freshman and also was an all-state basketball player. Ritter also excelled for the MUHS field hockey and soccer programs. As a junior she won the Dorey Cup, given to a student combining athletic ability, academic prowess, leadership and citizenship. 
“We are thrilled to welcome Katie back to Middlebury,” said Livesay, who assisted former coach Missy Foote during Ritter’s senior year. “As a player, she was an incredible leader and teammate. I am excited to see how her strengths as a player translate into her new role as a coach. I can’t think of anyone better to support our program as we move forward.”
Ritter said she was just as happy to return after two years working for a consulting group in Boston. Her coaching experience consists of serving as the head coach of the Green Mountain girls’ lacrosse program during the summer of 2013.
“I am incredibly honored and grateful for the opportunity to return to Middlebury as an assistant coach,” said Ritter. “After playing for Coach Livesay when she was an assistant coach, my teammates and I benefited from her ability to bring out the best in us — both on and off the field. She is a terrific person and leader that I have an immense amount of respect for and I am very excited to work alongside her to open a new chapter in my career.”
As a player in the Panther uniform, Ritter was a two-time All-American with First-Team Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association honors as a senior and third-team accolades following her rookie season. She was the 2012 NESCAC Rookie of the Year and was a three-time All-NESCAC selection and a four-time All-Region choice. 
A captain her senior season, Ritter played in 76 career games with 75 starts over her four years. She concluded her career with 189 points on 123 goals and 66 assists, including a career-best 72 points (41 goals and 31 assists) during her final season. She also picked up 119 career ground balls, controlled 85 draws and caused 63 turnovers.
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