Panther lax coach Livesay earns major recognition
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College women’s lacrosse coach and Middlebury native Kate Livesay has been named both the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division III National and Pilgrim Region Coach of the Year.
Livesay, a 2003 Panther alum and lacrosse all-American defender and also a former Middlebury Union High School three-sport standout, this past spring led the Panthers to their second NCAA Division III championship in the past four seasons.
Livesay won the national award for the second time during her Middlebury tenure after first earning the honor in 2016. She also earned the regional honor in 2016 and 2018.
Livesay’s Panthers defeated Salisbury, 14-9, in the 2019 title game. The team finished the season with a 22-game winning streak and tied the program record for victories in a season.
Middlebury ranked among the NESCAC leaders in scoring offense with 14.35 goals per game while setting a program single-season record with 330 goals. The Panther defense led the conference and was 12th nationally in team defense at 6.78 goals allowed per game. The team also led the NESCAC in caused turnovers (245) and ground balls (453).
Prior to returning to her alma mater, Livesay served as Trinity’s women’s lacrosse coach. From 2010 to 2014, Trinity compiled a 94-10 record, including 21-1 marks in 2012 and 2013. Her 2012 squad captured Trinity’s first women’s NCAA title. Livesay’s career mark is 207-36, including 80-10 in four years at Middlebury.
Livesay earned a bachelor’s degree in American civilization at Middlebury, where she was a four-year starter in field hockey and lacrosse. She captained both of those squads as a senior, and was a member of the basketball team during her first two seasons. She earned her master’s degree in history from Trinity in 2007.
The Panther lacrosse teams Livesay played for went 64-3, won NCAA championships with perfect seasons in 2001 and 2002, and claimed three NESCAC championships.
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