Brooke Diamond '99, head coach of the women's lacrosse team at Washington and Lee University, and Zack Zavalick '16, a freshman midfielder on the Wesleyan University men's lacrosse team, both made it to their respective semifinal games of the NCAA national tournament this spring.
Brooke has been the head coach at Washington and Lee for 10 years. In her first year her team broke the record for most wins in a season with 17, and this year the Generals broke that record, with 19 wins and 2 losses and their 18th Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) championship, the team's fifth while led by Brooke. The 2017 Generals advanced to the semifinal round of the Division III NCAA national tournament for the first time, ultimately falling to No. 1-ranked The College of New Jersey 6-7 in double overtime. Brooke was named the conference Coach of the Year for the fifth time and has a Washington and Lee career record of 149-47.
Zack, captain of the 2016 boys lacrosse team at Loomis, joined the Wesleyan University men's lacrosse team as a freshman this year. His team finished the season with an impressive 20-2 overall record, nine conference wins, and the New England Small College Athletic Conference championship. The 20 overall wins and nine conference victories are both the most in program history. The Cardinals ultimately fell to Rochester Institute of Technology in the semifinal round of the Division III NCAA Tournament, but not before Zach scored his first and only goal of the season in the fourth quarter of the game.
Photo Credit Steve McLaughlin.