Craig Chamberlain and the MCC Women’s Lacrosse team enter the 2017 season as defending NJCAA Women’s Lacrosse Champions. They’ve captured four consecutive NJCAA championships and won it six out the past seven years.
Chamberlain has established a winning culture in the Women’s Lacrosse program expressing that “women’s lacrosse is definitely an offensive sport, but we won the last bunch of championships based on defense.”
It is this commitment to the fundamentals that has given Chamberlain’s teams a leg up on the competition. The team hasn’t lost a game in four years, but he insisted “…I just want us to be the best we can be. I don’t want to go out and not play our best.”
When asked about if any of his players will move on to four-year schools, Chamberlain stated that “every single girl who’s ever played here has, whether you are a starter or the last girl on the roster.” The Rochester area has historically been a pipeline for lacrosse players, and this program carries on that tradition.
There are some players to pay attention to on this year’s team with the coach asserting “anyone on the offensive end. Morgan Hollenbeck, Charity Warner, Christie Hahn, Taylor Excell, Dana Isaacs. I mean we returned four All-Americans and brought in another four that could be All-Americans.” Impressive to say the least.
Chamberlain also spoke about new members of the team coming in from other programs: “We had a nice transfer from Herkimer, Kyli Towner, who was their top scorer transferred in. We’ve got a great defender that transferred in from Mercyhurst in Julia DeWeese. Rebekah Warner graduated from Geneseo and came back to play…”
Dana Isaacs, one of the returning All-Americans, scored 39 goals with 46 points and 52 ground–balls last year. Christie Hahn played tremendously as well scoring 27 goals with 44 assists racking up an impressive 71 points. The addition of Kyli Towner to the mix could make Chamberlain’s squad an imposing presence in their effort to win a fifth consecutive NJCAA championship.
Craig Chamberlain’s program has created a proven model for success on the NJCAA level. Winning has become an expectation for the Women’s Lacrosse team here, but ultimately it is about how hard the players work, what they learn from the experience and how they play the game. Winning is a byproduct of playing the game in a fundamentally sound manner with a strong dedication to hard work and improvement. We can only hope their success continues.