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02/17/2012

Notre Dame Spring Sports Preview: Women's Lacrosse

Fighting Irish begin a new era in 2012 with the arrival of first-year head coach Christine Halfpenny.

02/17/2012

Notre Dame Spring Sports Preview: Women's Lacrosse

Fighting Irish begin a new era in 2012 with the arrival of first-year head coach Christine Halfpenny.

06/04/2012

2012 Notre Dame Women's Lacrosse: A Season in Photos

Images of the Irish from the run to another NCAA tournament.

02/19/2012

Notre Dame Women's Lacrosse vs Stanford on February 19, 2012

Notre Dame Women's Lacrosse 17-14 victory over Stanford on February 19, 2012.

Nick Williams enters his second season with the Notre Dame women's lacrosse program in 2012 after serving as an assistant at his alma mater, Towson University, for the 2010 campaign.

With the Irish, Williams oversees the defense and works with the team's goalkeepers, while also assisting with recruiting, scouting opponents and camps and clinics.

In his first season with the Irish in 2011, Williams helped tutor a Notre Dame defense that finished near the top of the BIG EAST in several goalie and defensive categories, including caused turnovers per game (3rd, 9.47), goals against average (3rd, 9.58) and save percentage (4th, .427).

Williams also helped coach senior defender Jackie Doherty, who earned first team All-America honors from the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA, first team IWLCA West/Midwest all-region accolades, first team all-BIG EAST honors and a spot on the BIG EAST All-Tournament team, and senior defender Lauren Fenlon, who was named to the IWLCA West/Midwest all-region second team.

Doherty finished first in the BIG EAST in caused turnovers per game (2.42) and second in ground balls per game (2.89), while goalie Ellie Hilling was fifth in the league in saves per game (7.00), including third during conference games only (7.12).

"I am excited to retain Nick as our defensive coordinator here at ND," said head coach Christine Halfpenny. "Both Nick and I share a vision for a strong attacking defensive unit that is dynamic and tough. Having played the men's game, he has knowledge that will help our systems and schemes as the women's game continues to evolve. His positive energy and high lacrosse IQ will certainly help our program as we strive to win championships."

During his lone season at Towson, Williams helped the Tigers' women's team to a 13-3 overall record, a first-ever at-large selection to the NCAA Tournament and a final ranking of seventh in the nation, the highest ranking in the school's history.

At Towson, Williams served as the goalie coach with Tiger goalkeeper, Mary Teeters, earning second team all-conference honors. Assisting with both the offense and defense, he helped coach the 2010 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Player of the Year, three first team all-CAA picks, two second team choices and two all-rookie selections.

A two-sport athlete at Towson University, Williams graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor's Degree in sports management.

A four-year member of the Tigers' men's lacrosse team, Williams played 61 career games and helped Towson to a pair of CAA championships. He scored 29 goals with 22 assists in his career, including a career-best, four-goal game against Cornell in the 2005 NCAA Tournament.

The Baltimore, Md., native also was a football standout at Towson and is the fifth-leading rusher in school history with 1,985 yards during his career. As a sophomore, Williams rushed for 911 yards in 11 games, including a career-high 169 yards in a win over Delaware. He was a third team all-Atlantic 10 selection at running back following his sophomore year.

Williams also picked up coaching experience in both sports as he served as an assistant coach of the women's lacrosse team at Pomona College in Claremont, Calif., during the spring of 2009 where he worked with the offensive attack and served as the school's recruiting coordinator. He followed that with a season as the running backs coach at his high school alma mater - Calvert Hall College High School in Baltimore - during the fall of 2009.

Nick Williams
Nick  Williams

Position:
Assistant Coach

Alma Mater:
Towson University '08

Event Calendar

Delta

January 15
10:00 AM
Team USA
Bradenton, Fla. (IMG Academy)
February 5
1:00 PM
Northwestern
Notre Dame, Ind. (Loftus Sports Center)
February 10
7:00 PM
Liberty
Notre Dame, Ind. (Loftus Sports Center)
February 11
3:00 PM
Detroit
Notre Dame, Ind. (Loftus Sports Center)
February 14
7:00 PM
Marquette
Notre Dame, Ind. (Loftus Sports Center)
February 18
1:00 PM
Michigan
Ann Arbor, Mich. (TBD)
February 23
6:00 PM
Elon
Burlington, N.C. (Rudd Field)
February 26
12:00 PM
Duke
Durham, N.C. (Koskinen Stadium)
March 4
1:00 PM
Louisville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Arlotta Stadium)
March 7
7:00 PM
Ohio State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Arlotta Stadium)
March 11
1:00 PM
Princeton
Princeton, N.J. (Alumni Stadium)
March 15
4:00 PM
Towson
Towson, Md. (Johnny Unitas Stadium)
March 18
12:00 PM
Virginia
Charlottesville, Va. (Klockner Stadium)
March 26
12:00 PM
Syracuse
Syracuse, N.Y. (Carrier Dome)
April 2
12:00 PM
North Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Arlotta Stadium)
April 6
1:00 PM
Kennesaw State
Atlanta, Ga. (Fifth Third Bank Stadium)
April 15
12:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Arlotta Stadium)
April 22
12:00 PM
Boston College
Newton, Mass. (Newton Campus Lax & Soccer Field)
April 27
TBA
ACC Tournament
Richmond, Va. (Sports Backer Stadium)
April 28
TBA
ACC Tournament
Richmond, Va. (Sports Backer Stadium)
April 29
TBA
ACC Tournament
Richmond, Va. (Sports Backer Stadium)
April 30
TBA
ACC Tournament
Richmond, Va. (Sports Backer Stadium)
May 12
TBA
NCAA First Round
TBD
May 14
TBA
NCAA Second Round
TBD
May 20
TBA
NCAA Elite Eight
TBD
May 21
TBA
NCAA Elite Eight
TBD
May 26
TBA
NCAA Final Four
Foxboro, Mass. (Gillette Stadium)
May 28
TBA
NCAA Final Four
Foxboro, Mass. (Gillette Stadium)

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