All of this helped Caitlyn Corace become the first-ever head women's lacrosse coach at Lincoln Memorial University (Tenn.).
Dr. B James Dawson noted her experience and connections with some of the nation's rich Northeast recruiting waters as promising attributes that factored into her hiring.
Corace, the daughter of legendary Mahopac coach Joe Corace, a staunch defensive enthusiast who cemented his legacy with a 1996 state championship, starred at Keene State (N.H.)
During a four-year stay at Keene State, in the Little East, Corace evolved into one of the nation's top scoring threats in Division-III. As a sophomore, she went off for a six goal scoring barrage, en route to a wild 12-10 come-from-behind victory over Western Connecticut State. A knack for the transition game and a scent for ground balls made her an integral piece at midfield, where her established stick work paced a young core.
She scored 143 goals and kicked in 43 assists, helping the Owls to three conference championships and three NCAA tournament berths. At the culmination of a decorated collegiate career, Corace gained a roster spot on the USAAI team, featuring a crop of Division-III's elite across the country.
Corace was part of an ultra-deep 2008 Section 1 senior class which included Jesse Steinberg (Suffern/Cornell), Hannah Frey (Nanuet/Boston U), Cat Friscia (Hackley/Drexel), as well as Indians Ashley Carey (Stevens College) and Emily Rogers (SUNY Geneseo).
After serving as one of the key recruiters at Defiance College, where she was an assistant, Corace becomes of the nation's youngest head coaches.