Katie (Lambert) Conover, '03, one of Stonehill's most decorated student-athlete alumnae, is now in her ninth season as head women's lacrosse coach.
During her nine seasons since returning to her alma mater as head coach, Conover has led the Skyhawks to 115 wins, nine Northeast-10 Conference postseason appearances, one conference title, and three NCAA tournament bids
Conover led the 2010 team to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2007, posting a 13-4 overall record and a 10-1 mark in the NE-10. The Skyhawks claimed the second seed in the conference tournament and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals, where they fell to eventual national champion Adelphi, and placed five players on the IWLCA and WomensLacrosse.com All-America teams. Additionally, Jaclyn Craig '10 was named the IWLCA Division II Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
The 2009 Skyhawks went 10-6 and finished second in the NE-10 behind three All-Americans, but their nine-year conference championship streak was broken with a semifinal loss to Southern New Hampshire. Michelle Kelly '09 became Conover's first nominee for NE-10 Woman of the Year.
In Conover's first season as head coach, Stonehill went 14-3 and a perfect 10-0 in NE-10 competition, extending their conference unbeaten streak to 80 games and capturing the school's tenth consecutive regular-season conference title. The team also placed four players on the IWCLA All-American squad, including the school's eighth straight NE-10 Player of the Year honoree in Michelle Kelly.
Prior to Stonehill, Conover spent four seasons as the head coach at conference rival Merrimack College, compiling a 45-20 overall record and making back-to-back NE-10 Championship appearances. Under Conover's watch, Merrimack set records for most wins in a season (12 in 2005 and 2006), produced four All-Americans, and posted their best conference record (9-1 in 2006.)
Conover enjoyed a Hall of Fame career at Stonehill, capped by an NCAA Championship in her senior season. She was named to the IWLCA All-America first team all four years, making her the first Stonehill student-athlete to become a four-time All-American in any sport. She was the NE-10 Player of the Year in 2001, 2002, and 2003, following her selection as the NE-10 Rookie of the Year in 2000. Conover was also honored as the IWLCA Attacker of the Year as a senior.
Conover finished her career as the NCAA Division II all-time leader in goals (220), assists (106), and points (326). She remains in the top ten in both goals and points. The Skyhawks went 60-16 during her four years, posting a 34-1 record in conference competition and winning the NE-10 regular-season and tournament titles all four years.
She was inducted into the Stonehill Athletic Hall of Fame in her first year of eligibility in the fall of 2008, becoming the second lacrosse player to enter the Hall of Fame and is the first women's lacrosse player enshrined in the Northeast-10 Conference Hall of Fame in 2010.
A native of Milton, Mass., Conover graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business management. She currently resides in Milton with her husband, Justin, and their son, Justin, Jr. (7), and daughter, Lila (5).
|2004||10-6||.625||7-3||.700||NE10 Tournament Semifinalist||1-1||.500|
|2005||12-4||.750||8-1||.889||NE10 Tournament Finalist||1-1||.500|
|2006||12-4||.750||9-1||.900||NE10 Tournament Finalist||1-1||.500|
|2007||11-6||.647||7-3||.700||NE10 Tournament Semifinalist||1-1||.500|
|Merrimack Total||45-20||.692||31-8||.795||4 NE10 Tournament appearances,
2 championship appearances
|2008||14-3||.824||10-0||1.000||NE10 Regular Season Champions;
NE10 Tournament Champions
|2009||10-6||.625||9-1||.900||NE10 Regular Season Champions;
|2010||13-4||.765||10-1||.909||NCAA Tournament; NE10 Tournament Finalist||1-2
|Stonehill Total||127-57||.690||95-23||.805||2 NE10 Reg. Season Championships; 3 NCAA Tournament appearances||9-13
|Overall||172-77||.691||126-31||.803||13 NE10 Tournament appearances;
3 NCAA Tournament appearances;
1 NE10 Tournament Championship;
1 NE10 Regular Season Championship