Maness Named Head Lacrosse Coach
A coaching veteran who brings more than a decade of experience, Laura Maness has been named Kennesaw State's head lacrosse coach. The announcement was made Friday, July 1 by Katie Egloff, Associate Athletics Director/SWA.
Maness joins the Owls after spending the previous five seasons at University of Detroit Mercy. She led the Titans to four straight Atlantic Sun Tournament Championship game appearances and became the winningest coach in program history. Read More
In her first season as head coach for the Owls, Laura Maness made an immediate impact leading the Kennesaw State womens lacrosse team to record breaking win totals overall and in the ASUN. After a huge comeback against Furman in the final game of the regular season, the Owls finished the season 8-9 overall and 4-6 in the ASUN.
The biggest improvement for KSU came on the offensive end where the team averaged 14.53 goals per game, which ended up being the 15th best mark in the country. Two players totaled over 60 points with sophomore Haley Swift leading the way with 66 points.The Owls also made jumps statistically in ground balls and draw controls. KSU was named the statistical national champion in ground balls after averaging 24.65 per game. They were 10th in the country in draw controls winning 15.29 per game.
One of the major keys to the teams success last season was defending their home turf at Fifth Third Bank Stadium. The Owls finished 7-4 at home overall. After winning four in a row at home and carrying momentum into conference play, Kennesaw State traveled to Detroit Mercy and secured a 21-12 victory for their fifth win in a row.KSU finished the year on a high note. After falling down seven goals to Furman, the Owls stormed back to take a lead late and went on to win the final game of the regular season 13-12.
Erika Eipp (UMass, 16): Erika comes to Kennesaw after spending a year as an assistant for Yale.Previously, she was an All-American as an attacker at UMass. Eipp finished her career second on UMasscareer points (229) and assists (114) lists. Eipp was a second team IWLCA All-American as a senior in2016. She was selected IWLCA All-Region and the Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year for the secondstraight season, and also earned first team All-Atlantic 10 along with earning ECAC All-Star status. Sheled UMass in scoring with 97 points (second-most in school history) on 42 goals and 55 assists (settingthe Atlantic 10 record) while starting all 22 games.
Shannon Nee enters her second season at Kennesaw State as the goalie coach.
Nee graduated from University of Connecticut in May of 2016 after starting all four years in goal for the Huskies. She was named an IWLCA All-American, made the IWLCA All-Northeast Region First Team four consecutive seasons and won Big East Goalkeeper of the Year two times.
As a coach, she has worked with the X-treme lacrosse club and was a camp counselor at UConn, Princeton and Villanova from 2013-16. Nee is originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania.