UMW Field Hockey Thrives Under Former Rival

In 2003, Lindsey Elliott was a thorn in the side of the University of Mary Washington field hockey program. An All-American player, she led archrival Salisbury University to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances and two national championships. Until last year, Dana Hall had spent 22 years coaching UMW field hockey and lacrosse. When she moved to coaching lacrosse alone, Elliott was called to replace her as head of Eagles’ field hockey. Since then, the former rival has done nothing but succeed in Fredericksburg, leading the Eagles to a 15-5 record and top-15 national ranking a year ago, and raising the bar by starting this season with a school-record 11-game winning streak en route to a top-five ranking in the nation. “I believe it was harder for others to accept that a former Salisbury player was going to be taking over, but they have been very accepting,” Elliott said. “I always knew Mary Washington was a great field hockey school, and now I have the pleasure of being a part … [Read more...]

Hall of Fame Grows by Five

The University of Mary Washington inducted five new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame in October. The 17th Hall of Fame class includes former track and field All-Americans Kim Alvis ’00 and Erik Kochert ’02, soccer All-American Ellen Anderson ’01, women’s lacrosse multiple All- American Bridget Geiman ’01, and the school’s all-time leading field hockey scorer, Jessica Morris ’02. A two-time All-American, Alvis was one of the most versatile track and field performers in program history. The holder of three school records, Alvis excelled in the triple jump, long jump, 200 meters, and 400 meters, competing in all four events at the NCAA Championships. She finished seventh in the triple jump at the 1999 NCAA Outdoor Championships and took eighth in the 400 meters at the same competition in 2000. In all, she competed in 11 NCAA Championship events during her junior and senior seasons. Alvis was named Mary Washington’s Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year in … [Read more...]