Finn and O'Donnell Join Women's Lacrosse Coaching Staff
DURHAM, N.H. – Sarah Albrecht, first-year head coach of the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team, has announced that Eileen Finn and Jesse O'Donnell have joined the UNH women's lax staff as assistant coaches, effective immediately.
All three current UNH women's lacrosse coaches were at the University of Massachusetts last season. Finn previously worked on the same staff as Albrecht at UMass for two seasons (2011-12) and O'Donnell was a student-athlete on the Minutewomen's 2012 squad.
Finn (Syracuse '10) was a four-year starter at Syracuse University, an All-Big East First Team selection in 2010 and the defender was a four-time Big East All-Academic Team honoree. As a senior, she was also named to the IWLCA Academic Squad as well as the WomensLacrosse.com Unsung Hero of the Year.
The Orange compiled a 60-21 record spanning the 2007-10 seasons with two Big East championships (2007, 2008), two NCAA quarterfinal appearances (2007, 2009) and two trips to the NCAA semifinals (2008, 2010).
Additionally, the native of Southington, Conn., served as the Vice-President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, was the secretary of Women in Sports and Events (WISE) and served as a Syracuse Student Ambassador.
In Finn's two seasons as an assistant coach at UMass, the Minutewomen were 36-5, won two Atlantic 10 tournaments and advanced to the NCAA tournament twice.
In the summer of 2010, Finn worked as an U.S. Olympic Committee, Paralympics, Military Programs Intern in Colorado Springs, Colo.
"I'm very excited to have Eileen on staff," Albrecht said. "I've had the pleasure of working with her the last two years. Her work ethic and passion for the game are undeniable. She has great knowledge of the game and will be an integral part of leading our defensive unit. She will also be instrumental in recruiting quality student-athletes to the program."
O'Donnell received a B.A. in Sociology in May 2012 from Massachusetts, where she was a four-year starter for the women's lacrosse team. She was an IWLCA Northeast Region Second Team and Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team honoree as a senior in 2012, when she ranked second on the team in goals (50) as well as third in assists (14) and points (64). Her other collegiate accolades included selection to the IWLCA North/South All-Star Game and being feted as the 2011 Atlantic 10 Tournament MVP.
In her career, O'Donnell recorded 126 goals and 34 assists for 160 points in 79 games; with those numbers, she ranks fifth on the leaderboard in goals and ninth in points. She led UMass to four consecutive Atlantic 10 championships, including undefeated conference seasons in 2011 and 2012, and three NCAA tournament appearances.
O'Donnell, a native of Chicago, Ill., comes to UNH with coaching experience at various summer lacrosse camps since 2009 spanning the states of Illinois, Ohio, New York and Massachusetts.
"Jesse was an outstanding player at UMass and I'm thrilled to have her at UNH coaching," Albrecht said. "She brings a wealth of experience as a player, winning four A-10 championships and playing in the NCAA tournament. These experiences will help Jesse relate to the student-athletes and push the program to where we want to be."