SPORTS UPDATE BY KEN CERINO
Like many in her profession,
Women’s Lacrosse Coach Aimee
Klepacki doesn’t coach for personal
glory. So, you can imagine how surprised she was when senior goalie
Emily Castleman picked up the
microphone in the bus when the
Western New England women’s
lacrosse team was heading home
following a 19-12 victory over
Nichols (March 25) and announced
to everyone that their coach had
just won her 200th game.
“I was really surprised because I
didn’t have any idea,” said Klepacki,
who has coached the team for 16 of
its 17 years as a varsity program. (The
victory improved her career record to
200-91 (68.7%) that ranks among the
best in NCAA history.) Klepacki is only
the 11th NCAA Division III women’s
lacrosse coach to reach 200 victories.
“I’ve never really cared or thought
about receiving awards. I’m happy
when my players receive recognition,” she said.
Klepacki had plenty to be proud
of at the close of the season when
the team took home the CCC Cham-
pionship. The team advanced to the
second round of the 2015 NCAA Divi-
sion III Women’s Lacrosse Champi-
onship where it was defeated by
No. 10-ranked Catholic University.
Despite the loss, the Golden Bears
finish with the third-best record in
school history at 16-3 for an .842 win-
ning percentage and advanced further
into the NCAA Tournament than any
other Western New England squad.
Only last year’s team ( 17-1, .944) and
the 2002 team ( 16-2, .889) have
posted better records.
Coach Bill Downes poses with Keisha, Carolyn ’73, and
Veteran Aimee Klepacki Reaches
Shawn Butler during their visit to Western New England
on February 14, 2015.
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