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"When we talk about college lacrosse recruiting, the conversation too often stops at Division I. Each year, I sit down with young players, and I ask them to outline their top three priorities for their collegiate experience. Next, I ask for a list of 20 schools they think fit that framework. I'm often left with a list that doesn't match those priorities, because their list contains only Division I programs.
Division III offers get overlooked, misinterpreted or downplayed. I chatted with Washington and Lee coach Brooke O'Brien and Dickinson coach Kim Lowry to gain some insight about the common misconceptions of Division III lacrosse."
"Lea Cox can't help but feel at least a little pressure to select a college.
"I'm the last girl on my team to pick a school," she said.
Cox, a junior at girls' lacrosse powerhouse St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School in Alexandria, Va., drew little interest from NCAA Division I last year. She played, but never at full strength after coming back from a stress fracture that cost her the fall of her sophomore year, then a torn meniscus that cut short most of her ensuing spring. Meanwhile, her high school and club teammates from Capital Lacrosse Club were getting offers and making verbal commitments to colleges."
Capital Lacrosse Club (CLC) is pleased to announce the hiring of Denise Wescott as its Director of Lacrosse. As such, Wescott will be the driving force behind the club’s player development, team development and college recruitment efforts. Denise will be working closely with current Executive Director, Kristin Burkhalter. Melissa Frazier will assist with recruiting specific efforts during the transition.
Wescott brings a depth of knowledge, experience and a wealth of recruiting connections to CLC that is second to none. On the field, Capital players will benefit greatly from her insights, guidance, and “state of the art” drills, tactics and training methods.
During her over 30 years of Division I college coaching, Wescott has served as the head women’s lacrosse coach for Monmouth University (2009-2015), Mount St. Mary’s (2004-2009), University of Delaware (1993-2004), Rutgers University (1991-1993), and Drew University (1989-1990). Prior to 1990, Wescott served in assistant coaching roles at Michigan State University, the University of Maryland, and Penn State University.
In addition to coaching lacrosse, Wescott also has experience coaching college field hockey. Internationally, Wescott coached the German national team from 1994-2005. Along with her teams’ success, Wescott has also mentored individual players earning high accolades, including more than 40 players receiving All Conference honors.
As a player, Wescott was a four-year starting goalkeeper and captain at the University of Maryland in Field Hockey and Lacrosse. In her four years in the crease, the Terrapins went 50-11-1 and advanced to the AIAW tournament three times, including falling to Penn State 9-3 in the first national collegiate championship game in 1978, and losing to them again 3 -1 in 1980. She ranks fourth on the Maryland women’s lacrosse program's all-time saves list with 519 stops and boasted a 6.99 goals-against average in her career. She was named to the USWLA All-Star team and USWLA Final Four All-Tournament team in 1980.
The hiring of Wescott marks a significant moment for the Capital Lacrosse Club. As girls’ and women’s lacrosse evolves with more clubs, more competition, and an increasingly rapid and competitive recruiting environment, CLC is committed to continual improvement of its offering to players and to maintaining and advancing its position as one of the elite clubs in the sport. With Denise Wescott as the Director of Lacrosse, CLC is making a significant commitment to ongoing excellence.
Accomplishments and Accolades for Denise Wescott
National and International Leadership Roles