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Head Coach Danie Caro (Colgate '93) is entering her 11th season guiding the Bobcats. Caro now has now been a head coach at four institutions and has begun her 21st year as a coach.
Quinnipiac experienced its most successful season in 2011, winning the program’s first-ever NEC Tournament Championship, after taking home the league’s Regular Season Title while tying a program-best NEC record of 8-1. The Bobcats finished the season on a five-game winning streak and rode the momentum into the NEC Tournament, defeating intrastate opponent Sacred Heart in the Semifinals, 18-9, before downing Mount St. Mary’s in the Championship game, 15-3. Quinnipiac earned the right to its first-ever NCAA Tournament Play-In Game, where it finished its season with a 20-5 loss to Navy.
With Quinnipiac being added as a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) on July 1, 2013 a new era of women's lacrosse was born. Caro's program continues to ascend to new heights and has found itself with the likes of Quinnipiac basketball and ice hockey as a recently upgraded Sport of Emphasis at the University.
Over the last two seasons, Caro has continued to lay a new foundation for the team with its move to the MAAC. With 11 underclassmen receiving significant playing time in 2015, the program is starting to see growth into what hopefully will be a MAAC Championship in the years to come.
In 2015, Caro helped in the maturation of Kyra Ochwat '15 who became the program's all-time leading scorer, finishing her stellar four-year career with 215 career points. Ochwat's point total also stands as the most scored by any Quinnipiac lacrosse player (men's or women's) in school history. Three players - Ochwat (Second Team), Vicki Kuhn (Second Team) and Kiera Kelly (Rookie Team) - were honored with individual accolades by the MAAC. In addition, 14 Bobcats were named to the MAAC All-Academic Team while Caro's squad also won the University's Positive Play Award, a distinction given to the Quinnipiac team that performs the most community service, for the fifth time in seven years.
In 2014, Caro guided her team to the first MAAC wins in progam history as her team finished the 2-6 in their first season as a member of the new conference. Three players - Ochwat (First Team), Kuhn (First Team) and Kelly Babstock (Rookie Team) - were honored with individual awards by the MAAC. A total of 12 Bobcats were named to the MAAC All-Academic Team and Caro's team was awarded IWLCA Academic Squad honors for the ninth consecutive season after posting a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or higher.
In 2013, Caro guided the Bobcats to a 5-4 conference record in their final season in the Northeast Conference. Caro's team also captured their third consecutive Positive Play Championship for Outstanding Community Service. Caro coached another First Team All-NEC Player in 2012 in Kyra Ochwat. Ochwat led the NEC with 4.21 points per game and 2.93 goals per game.
The 2012 season was another banner campaign for the Bobcats as Caro's squad finished 8-8 overall with an impressive 7-2 mark in league play. Her team advanced to the NEC Tournament before falling to Monmouth in the Semifinal round. Marissa Caroleo again made some history as she won a second consecutive NEC Player of the Year award, becoming the first student-athlete in program history to win two Player of the Year awards. Two other major award winners from that season included Devon Gibney and Kyra Ochwat who earned NEC Defensive Player of the Year and NEC Rookie of the Year awards, respectively. Another individual standout who excelled under Caro's guidance was Sarah Allen who made history as she broke the NCAA Div. I All-Time Single-Season record for assists per game (4.27) .
In 2011, junior attacker Marissa Caroleo became just the second player in program-history to be named NEC Player of the Year, after leading the league and setting the program-record with 53 goals during the season. Joining Caroleo on the All-NEC First-Team was senior defender Kaitlyn Kelly and junior midfielder Devon Gibney, who each earned their second-consecutive All-NEC First-Team selections. Seniors Lauren Matuszczak and Christine Sinnigen, as well as junior goalie Noelle Martello, were all honored with All-NEC Second-Team honors. Gibney (Tournament MVP), Caroleo, Matuszczak, Martello and senior attacker Jennifer Skipper were also named to the All-Tournament team. At season’s end, Kelly became just the second Bobcat to play in the IWLCA Senior All-Star game. Caroleo joined Kelly as the only players in program history to be named to the IWLCA All-Northeast Region Team, earning Second Team honors. Kelly, Matuszczak and senior Stephanie Tuorto were individually named to the IWLCA Academic Honor Roll, while the team as a whole was honored as an IWLCA Academic Squad for the sixth consecutive season after posting a team GPA of 3.12.
The Bobcats had another strong season in 2010, capped off by a third straight appearance in the NEC Championship game, where they lost to Sacred Heart 12-7. The Bobcats placed four starters on the All-Conference first team: senior attacker Katie Latonick, junior midfielder Lauren Matuszczak, sophomore midfielder Devon Gibney, and junior defender Kaitlyn Kelly. Senior defender Brittany Hauser was a second team selection and freshmen Sarah Allen and Chelsea Guerrera were named to the All-Rookie squad. Kelly was also tabbed as the 2010 NEC Defensive Player of the Year and named to the IWLCA Northeast Regional Team. The team received the NEC's Team GPA award for lacrosse after posting a 3.36 GPA, and also was recognized by the IWLCA as a 2010 Academic Squad selection.
In 2009, Caro led the Bobcats to an NEC regular season title, posting a 7-1 record in conference play, while arguably completing the most successful season in program history. Quinnipiac finished with a 12-2 regular season record, 13-3 overall, and fell to Sacred Heart in the NEC Championship game. The team's .812 winning percentage was not only the highest ever posted by women's lacrosse team at Quinnipiac, the mark also stands as the highest single season winning percentage in NEC women's lacrosse history. Seniors Erin Coffey, Nicole Fiore, Tiffany Manzi, and Ashley Valentine were all named first team All-Conference, setting a new program record for first team selections. Additionally, freshman Marissa Caroleo was named NEC Rookie of the Year and second team All-Conference and senior Hannah Nelson finished the season as the NCAA Statistical Champion for save percentage (.547). For the fourth consecutive year, Quinnipiac was named an IWLCA Academic Squad, posting a 3.314 GPA for the year.
During the 2008 season, Caro was named the Northeast Conference's Coach of the Year after guiding the Bobcats to their best finish in NEC play (7-1). The team also made its first ever NEC Championship Game appearance in Hamden after finishing the season as Regular Season Champions. Quinnipiac put together a seven-game winning streak in conference games and won 10 games for only the second time in the program's history.
Under Caro, Tiffany Manzi was tabbed as the NEC Player of the Year for 2008, while Hannah Nelson was named the league's Defensive Player of the Year after a strong season in goal for the Bobcats. Along with Manzi and Nelson, team co-captain Jamie Zeitler was also named to the All-NEC First Team at the annual awards banquet. Brittany Hauser and Ashley Valentine were named to the All-NEC Second Team for their roles in the Bobcats' historic season.
At Quinnipiac in 2006, Caro guided the Bobcats to their third consecutive NEC Tournament and had them off to their best start in the program's history. Her first win came on Mar. 9 in a 16-15 overtime victory over Harvard.
Under the direction of Caro, Quinnipiac garnered a program-record eight awards at the NEC's end-of-the-year banquet. Midfielder Tiffany Manzi was named the program's first-ever Rookie of the Year. Senior defender Vanessa Miranda was named the program's first-ever Defensive Player of the Year. Manzi and Miranda were also named to the All-NEC First Team along with senior attacker Danielle Mormile. Having three players on the All-NEC First Team is also a program record, as the Bobcats have never had more than one in previous seasons. Senior midfielder Melissa Jordan, junior defender Sophia Pantelides, and junior goaltender Ashley Thompson were named to the All-NEC Second Team.
Quinnipiac also garnered national recognition academically under Caro in 2006. The team was named a Division I Honor Squad by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) for the first time ever. In addition to the team's accomplishment, Lauren Eagan, Miranda, and Mormile were three of just 141 student-athletes named to the Division I Academic Honor Roll by the IWLCA.
In 2007, Quinnipiac qualified for its fourth straight NEC Tournament under the direction of Caro with a 5-3 conference record. The streak ranks third in the league behind Monmouth and Mount St. Mary's. She did this with a 23-player roster made up of 17 freshmen and sophomores, including a freshman starting in goal. Over the course of the season, a total of six different Bobcats earned six weekly awards. Brittany Hauser became the first player in the program's history to garner National Rookie of the Week honors by womenslacrosse.com.
In recognition of a defense which ranked second nationally in caused turnovers per game, junior defender Jamie Zeitler was named to the All-NEC Second Team, as was freshman midfielder/defender Hauser. This was the second time in the program's history that a freshman was named All-NEC, and both of them - Manzi earning All-NEC First Team and Rookie of the Year honors in 2006 - were coached by Caro.
After serving as an assistant coach at Frostburg State University, Caro began her head coaching career when she started the program at Manhattan College in 1996. She guided the Jaspers to six wins in their first varsity season in 1997, and matched that mark in 1998 to earn MAAC Coach of the Year honors.
She returned to Colgate to serve as an assistant coach in 1999, and then moved on to St. Bonaventure and coached the Bonnies' inaugural campaign in 2000. After a tough first season, the team posted a six-win improvement in 2001. Her team ranked second in the nation for caused turnovers and fifth for ground balls in 2001.
In 2001, Caro moved on to coach Stony Brook and its inaugural varsity team in 2003. The Seawolves registered seven wins and competed in the America East Tournament in season one. The squad had six wins in 2004, and its first winning season in 2005 at 8-7 overall. She also produced eight All-America East and All-Rookie selections.
Caro currently serves on the Women’s Game Committee for US Lacrosse, the national governing body for men's and women's lacrosse. She is also a member of the USL Rules Committee and Chair of the women’s division Equipment Task Force. After having served as a member of the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Rules Committee since 2006, Caro recently finished a two-year term as Chair of that committee. Caro also officiates high school lacrosse as a member of the Connecticut Women's Lacrosse Officials Association and is a 2006 graduate of the NCAA Women Coaches Academy and completed the WCA Dimension 2 program in 2007.
In addition to her coaching duties at Quinnipiac, Caro has also served as President of the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA). In November 2008, Caro was the recipient of the IWLCA's Service Award after serving six years as the president, and was presented with the IWLCA President’s Cup Award in November 2011. Caro also co-chaired the US Lacrosse Women's Division Convention committee for 2009-10, planning the largest educational event for women's lacrosse coaches and officials in the United States. Caro also has presented at the US Lacrosse Convention several times over the past six years.
A 1993 graduate of Colgate University, Caro was a four-year starting goaltender who earned All-Patriot League and All-Regional honors as a senior and was a member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. She earned a master's degree in 1996 from Frostburg State University.
Caro and her spouse, Jen, reside in Hamden with their son Tyler (9).