The Tiger women's lacrosse team continues to be a dominate force in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) under head coach Sonia LaMonica.
During her third season at the helm of the Tigers, LaMonica and the Tigers overcame a slow start to the season and turned in a dominating April to capture their third straight CAA regular season title. LaMonica led the Tigers to wins over Drexel and Hofstra to capture their second straight CAA title and fifth since 2005. Towson made its second straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament under LaMonica.
Named the CAA Coach of the Year for the third straight season, LaMonica guided senior defender Alexa Demski to IWLCA second team All-American honors. In addition Demski was named the CAA Co-Defender of the Year and Ashleigh Rohrback was named the CAA Co-Player of the Year.
In her second season, LaMonica guided the Tigers to a 16-4 record, a perfect CAA record of 7-0 and the program's fourth CAA title since 2005. LaMonica and the Tigers hosted an NCAA Tournament game for the first time in program history.
Named the CAA Coach of the Year for the second straight season, she coached a pair of third team IWLCA All-Americans in Demski and Mary Teeters. Demski and Teeters were also part of a group of six Tigers who earned All-CAA honors.
In her first season, LaMonica led the Tigers to an 11-7 record, the CAA regular season championship and an appearance in the CAA Championship Game.
Along the way, LaMonica was named as the CAA Coach of the Year and had eight players earn All-CAA honors, including first team selections Jess Dunn, Teeters, Demski and Ashley Waldron.
A native of Darlington, South Australia, LaMonica (pronounced La - MAHN - ick - uh) was named the 10th head coach in the 34-year history of the Towson women's lacrosse program in 2010. She returned to lead the Tigers after a one-year stint as the head coach at Mount St. Mary's University.
As the Mountaineers' head coach, LaMonica led Mount St. Mary's to an 8-9 record in 2010 and a berth in the Northeast Conference (NEC) semi-finals. She coached five players who earned All-NEC honors, including senior attacker Ashley Johnson and junior defender Aly Jost, who earned first team all-conference notice.
Prior to becoming the Mountaineers' head coach, LaMonica spent two seasons as a member of Missy Doherty's staff at Towson and helped the Tigers win a pair of Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) championships.
She coached Hillary Fratzke, who was named as the 2008 CAA Player of the Year and earned first team All-America honors. She also worked with Julie Ondrako, who was named as the 2009 CAA Defensive Player of the Year. In addition, five players earned first team All-CAA notice while two players earned second team accolades.
In addition to Fratzke, the Tigers had three players earn IWLCA all-region honors during those two seasons.
Before joining the Tigers' staff, LaMonica was an assistant coach at the University of Denver, helping the Pioneers to a 15-5 record during the 2006 season. She coached the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Player and Rookie of the Year along with three all-conference selections and the program's first-ever IWLCA All-West/Midwest region honoree.
In addition to her success as a coach, LaMonica is a member of the Australian National Team. She helped Australia win the gold medal at the 2005 World Cup Championship and a silver medal at the 2009 World Cup Championship. She will again compete for Australia this summer in the 2013 World Cup Championship.
Named to the 2005 IFWLA All-World Team, she was also a member of the U-19 Australian National Team that won the silver medal at the 1999 World Championships and was also the recipient of the U21 South Australian Sportswoman of the Year award.
A 2003 graduate of the University of Maryland, LaMonica was a three-year starter for the Terrapins. She earned first team All-America honors and was a candidate for the Tewaaraton Trophy during her senior season after leading Maryland to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship. A team captain during her senior season, she was a member of three ACC championship teams and helped the Terrapins win the 2000 and 2001 NCAA titles.
LaMonica scored 111 goals in her college career, including 49 goals as a senior, along with 55 assists.
The former Sonia Judd, LaMonica is married to former University of Maryland men's lacrosse standout Michael LaMonica. The couple resides in Parkton, Md. with their sons, Luca James and Bodhi.
LaMonica's Head Coaching History
Mount St. Mary's
CAA Tournament Championship Game
CAA Championship; NCAA Tournament First Round
CAA Championship; NCAA Tournament First Round
45-28 overall; 37-19 at Towson
25-5 overall; 19-2 at Towson
Four conference tournament appearances; two NCAA Tournament appearance
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