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Lacrosse Coaches Jackie Rutkowski ’07, Kate Athing ’10 Meet in Exhibition


In February, Kate Athing ’10 (front, right), women’s lacrosse head coach at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, welcomed head coach Jackie Rutkowski ’07 (front, left) and her team from Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York, for an exhibition tournament. The event marked the first time two former IUP lacrosse teammates coached against each other in a college game. “I was a senior when she was a freshman,” Jackie said of Kate, “so it was interesting to see her style and personality come out in her players.” In 2013, Jackie returned to IUP as an assistant under head coach Mindy Richmond M’14. Jackie is quick to credit Mindy, now in her seventh season, for the success of the IUP program. “Mindy is so driven and competitive, it’s contagious,” she said. “In every drill, every game, she expects excellence.” Although no one keeps score in exhibitions, Jackie said Kate’s team, which went on to reach the semifinals of the Eastern College Athletic Conference’s Mid-Atlantic Championships, “blew us out of the water” at the February scrimmage. Afterward, the two teams got together for dinner.