AUBURNDALE, Fla. – In their latest round of participation in the international game, the University at Albany women’s lacrosse coaching staff, head coach Katie Rowan and assistant coaches Taylor Frink and Leah Gallagher, guided the Haudenosaunee women’s national team to victory in the Pan-American Lacrosse World Qualifiers last week.
“Taylor, Leah, and I had an amazing experience with the Haudenosaunee National Team this past weekend and are humbled to have been a part of the inaugural PALA Women’s Lacrosse World Qualifiers,” said Rowan. “I am so proud of the development of the team as well as our team’s accomplishments, and we are now one step closer to the World Lacrosse Women’s Lacrosse Championships in July 2021.”
Rowan, Frink, and Gallagher coached the U19 Haudenosaunee national team over the summer in the U19 World Championships. Previously, Rowan and Frink coached the Pride in the WPLL summer league.
This time, Rowan and Gallagher coached on the sidelines while Frink took the field as an attacker representing the Onondaga Nation.
“Congratulations to Taylor Frink, current assistant coach and 2011 UAlbany graduate, on playing at the national level and representing both the Haudenosaunee Team and University at Albany so well,” said Rowan.
Haudenosaunee started the tournament defeating Columbia 17-3 on November 14. Next, they defeated Jamaica 21-3 to advance to the semifinals against Mexico. After dispatching Mexico 14-4, Haudenosaunee met Puerto Rico in the championship game, winning by a score of 16-6 to sweep through the tournament unbeaten.
Playing in all four games, Frink scored five goals and recorded seven assists. Frink finished fourth on the team in total points for the tournament, and seventh in the entire tournament pool.
The PALA was founded in 2018 and hosted its first World Championship qualifier with this event. World Championships take place in July, 2021.