Merrimack College women’s lacrosse head coach Julie Duffy will head overseas to coach the Switzerland Women’s National Lacrosse Team at the 2019 European Lacrosse Federation (ELF) Women’s European Lacrosse Championship in Israel.
Duffy, who was named the head coach of the Swiss National Team last summer, will have her first competitive opportunity for the program since taking over the reins and overseeing the selection and development of the national team while attending training tournaments over the last 12 months.
Her first stop on her month-long journey will be in Switzerland for training this weekend before heading to Israel July 13-26 for a nearly two-week tournament that features a pool play round-robin format followed by tournament play to determine a champion.
Duffy will be joined in Europe by graduating senior Teagan Mockus, who was a captain on this spring’s memorable squad in North Andover. Both will be documenting their journey both on the women’s lacrosse program’s Instagram account, as well as on the Swiss National Team’s Instagram account.
Duffy wrapped up her third season leading the Warriors this spring and did so in historic fashion after leading the program to a storybook conclusion to its Division II era. Merrimack shocked the country with three remarkable upsets as the No. 7 seed in the 2019 Northeast-10 Conference Championship, including a 16-14 stunner on the road at eventual national champion Adelphi in the opening round, a wire-to-wire 15-11 victory over New Haven in the semifinals and, finally, a wild 10-9 victory against undefeated and top-ranked Le Moyne College to take home the program’s first-ever NE10 title. Duffy has now led Merrimack to back-to-back double-digit win seasons after the team went six straight years with sub-.500 records.
On the individual front, Duffy would help lead 2019 graduate Amber Feminella to All-America honors, the first for the program in eight years. Feminella — who graduated as the program’s all-time scoring leader and finished just shy of the all-time goals record — joined classmate Trepaney and rising junior Haley Bartlett as all-region selections, marking the second straight year that Merrimack boasted at least one such honoree. Duffy also saw four of her Warriors earn all-conference accolades, while — in the classroom — the women’s lacrosse program boasted a 3.299 cumulative team-wide GPA for the academic year.