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Matt  Lawicki
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Matt Lawicki

Position:
Associate Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Cal Poly, 04

Experience:
Sixth season


05/26/2017

Denver Women's Lacrosse 2017 Year in Review

Pioneers finish 2017 campaign as BIG EAST Runners-up in head coach Liza Kelly’s 11th season

Matt Lawicki joined the coaching staff prior to the start of the 2013 season.

In 2017, Denver finished with a 14-4 overall record en route to a runner-up finish in the BIG EAST tournament following a loss to [2/3] Florida in the title game. DU's offense continued to make strides as sophomore Kendra Lanuza led the team with 70 points on 33 goals and 37 assists and was a unanimous selection to the First Team All-BIG EAST and a member of the IWLCA All-West/Midwest Region second team. Lanuza was joined by classmate Elizabeth Behrins with a Second Team All-BIG EAST nod as Behrins spent most of the season leading the team in goals scored and ended with 43 goals and eight assists for 51 points.

Lawicki was promoted to Associate Head Coach prior to the 2015 season, which Denver finished 13-5. DU followed 2015 up with a 9-9 record and a trip to the MPSF Semifinals in 2016.

In Lawicki’s second season in Denver, the Pioneers made the NCAA Tournament where they beat Jacksonville to advance to Round of 16 for the second consecutive season. The Pioneers finished 2014 ninth in points, 19th in scoring offense and attacker Jill Remenapp earned All-America honors.

Denver finished the 2013 season with an 18-3 overall record and a perfect 8-0 mark in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. DU was ranked No. 16 in the final IWLCA Coaches Poll. The Crimson and Gold ranked second in the nation in caused turnovers (11.76), fourth in win percentage (.857), fifth in points (433.0) and ninth in scoring offense (13.9). Denver broke a team record by winning 15-straight games.

Lawicki was the first assistant coach at Louisville from 2006-11, serving as recruiting coordinator and offensive coordinator. Under Lawicki’s guidance, the Cardinals ranked second in the nation in draw controls and among the top 10 in scoring offense in 2010 and 2011. The Cardinals also produced an All-American attacker under Lawicki’s watch.

Prior to his tenure at Louisville, Lawicki was an assistant coach at both James Madison, which advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals in 2006, and Davidson College. In 2006, James Madison also won CAA Regular Season and Tournament titles, had an Elite 8 Appearance and produced an All-American midfielder. Lawicki began his career by coaching the club team at his alma mater, California Polytechnic State University, guiding the team to three-straight U.S. Lacrosse WDIA national championships from 2002-04.

Lawicki has found success at Denver, Louisville and James Madison. As the offensive coordinator at Denver and Louisville, Lawicki has guided the teams to top-10 scoring offenses as well as coaching his players to top NCAA finishes in points and assists, per game and total. Lawicki has also had All-Americans on offense at DU, Louisville and JMU. In addition, Lawicki has helped Denver and JMU to NCAA Tournament victories.

 

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