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Corcoran brings winning style to women's team

     Terry Corcoran, who has guided Skidmore's men's lacrosse team to record-setting win totals in 1999 and 2000 and was a highly successful head lacrosse coach at the University of Pennsylvania (1994-96) and Washington College (1982-94), is not shy about picking McEachen's brain. An all-American lacrosse player at Hobart College (he led the nation in scoring in 1978) and the 1985 national Division III coach of the year at Washington, Corcoran readily volunteers that he is a work in progress when it comes to soccer.

Mara Mornaghi '03

     The new women's coach did get his feet wet as Huckel's assistant with the men's soccer team the last four years. And this August, he spent a week in the nation's capital observing Georgetown University women's coach Diane Drake and her team's preseason regimen. The experience, he says, gave him a "benchmark" for the women's game and provided background in organizing practices, key points of emphasis, and a sense for the seriousness of a top-notch Division I program.

     Brown has no doubt that Corcoran will be successful, though he is inheriting a squad that won just three games last year (3-12-1) and competes against a number of regionally and nationally ranked teams, Union and William Smith in particular. "Terry is a consummate professional. Just as he does for men's lacrosse, he will give women's soccer tremendous organization and discipline."

     "I'm excited," says the gravelly-voiced Corcoran. "I'm really enjoying it. The team is working real hard. They pay attention. They're goal- oriented kids." He adds, "There are going to be peaks and valleys, but we want to stay focused. We've got to realize that we can control our attitude and work ethic."

     "We're all excited about this season," says midfielder Liz Holtz '02 from Glencoe, Ill. "The coaches care. They are really working with us."-PM


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