MacDonald hears hall’s call

FLC lax coach honored by alma mater

On the heels of a productive year as head coach at Fort Lewis College, Kelsey MacDonald earned one final accolade from her own playing days.

The FLC women’s lacrosse head coach will be inducted into the Plymouth (N.H.) State University Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 13 for her contributions as a four-year starter in lacrosse and as a soccer player.

“My experience and Plymouth State jump-started my coaching career and made me realize it was something I wanted to pursue,” MacDonald said in a news release. “I am also looking foward to heading back there in October so I can meet some of the current players and catch up with my fellow alumni.”

MacDonald still holds NCAA Division III career records with 387 ground balls and 222 caused turnovers, and she’s second all-time nationally with 313 draw controls. She’s fourth on the school’s all-time scoring list with 156 goals and 56 assists for a total of 212 points.

Plymouth State qualified for the NCAA Tournament twice in MacDonald’s career, in 2004 and 2006, years in which PSU also won the Little East Conference. The Panthers won Little East Conference tournament titles in 2005 and 2007.

“MacDonald was a dominant player all over the field, winning draws, causing turnovers and scoring goals against opponents bigger than her,” PSU sports information director Kent Cherrington wrote in a news release.

She also was a four-year starter and soccer and graduated magna cum laude in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science.

As a head coach, MacDonald is 14-15 overall, including this year’s 7-8 mark, and FLC is 8-6 under her tutelage in the Western Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

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