July 8, 2004
PROVIDENCE, RI - Keely McDonald, a 2000 Brown University graduate and former Bears' lacrosse standout has been named the head women's lacrosse coach at her alma mater. McDonald returns to head the Brown women's lacrosse program following assistant coaching stints at Princeton and Northwestern.
The first assistant at Princeton for the past season, McDonald helped to lead the team to a #1 ranking for the entire season, winning 19 straight games before dropping its only contest of the year in the National Championship game. Working with three-time National Champion head coach Chris Sailer at Princeton, McDonald gained tremendous experience, helping to coach four First Team National All-Americans, and leading the #1 defensive system in the country with a 6.11 GAA.
Prior to joining the Tiger staff, McDonald served as the first assistant coach at Northwestern, playing an integral role in transitioning the team from Club level to varsity Division I status. During her three years with the Wildcats, McDonald worked alongside head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller to build a solid program which is now a national contender, losing to Virginia in the 2004 National Quaterfinals, in just the team's third year of existence.
As an undergraduate at Brown, McDonald started at Midfield/Attack all four years with the Bears, earning Second Team All-Ivy in 2000 and Academic All-Ivy honors in 1999 and 2000. She finished her career with 86 points (66g, 20a).