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Following a three-year stint at Harvard as assistant coach, Sarah Albrecht was named associate head coach of the UMass women's lacrosse program as announced by head coach Angela McMahon on Aug. 10, 2010. The Braintree, Mass., native returns to the UMass women's lacrosse program after serving as assistant coach in 2007.
"Having Sarah rejoin us as our associate head coach is a great addition for our program," said McMahon. "Sarah's career as one of the top college players, a member of the U.S. National Team, and her experiences as an assistant coach will really benefit our players and help them make great strides in their development as players and people. She is a terrific coach and mentor both on and off the field."
For McMahon and Albrecht, this marks the third time the duo have worked together in the same lacrosse program. The pair were teammates at Northwestern from 2002-04 and worked together at UMass in 2007 when McMahon served as the associate head coach.
"I'm excited to return to UMass to work with a team that has continued to rank as one of the top program's in the Atlantic 10," said Albrecht. "This was a great fit considering my knowledge of the program and the University."
Albrecht helped the Crimson to its best three-year record over the past three seasons (2008-10) since 1994-96. The Crimson won two games against nationally-ranked teams, beat Princeton for the first time in nearly two decades, boasted two Ivy League Rookies of the Year and had the league's leading scorer two years in a row.
Albrecht helped UMass to an 8-9 record in 2007 after wrapping up her career with the Wildcats in 2006 with a second straight national title. She registered three goals in four assists in her final collegiate game to earn NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player honors.
As an assistant at UMass, Albrecht helped in all aspects of daily operations of the program, including recruiting, practice planning, development of fundamentals, administrative duties, academic oversight, athlete conditioning and editing of game film. She was responsible for planning and conducting stick skills, offensive drills and conditioning during practices. Albrecht was also involved with the defense and assisted in game strategy and substitution decisions.
The Braintree, Mass., native spent five seasons at Northwestern, missing the 2003 campaign with an injury and serving as a team captain every year. Albrecht finished her career ranked fourth all-time at Northwestern in assists (71), sixth in points (199) and seventh in goals (128). In both 2005 and 2006, she was an IWLCA All-America selection, all-tournament pick at the NCAA Championship and first-team all-conference honoree.
In her four years on the field, Albrecht helped the Wildcats to a 58-15 record. As a team captain, she led the program in its rise from its reinstatement as a varsity team in 2002 to a national title in 2005. In 2006, she received the N Club Scholarship and Lisa Ishikawa Award for her leadership.
Albrecht remains active as a player and was named to the U.S. National women's lacrosse team for the fourth straight season. She was one of the top scorer's at the Prague Cup in June 2008 and named to the FIL All-World team for her efforts in helping Team USA win the gold at the 2009 Federation of International Lacrosse World Cup. Albrecht scored 14 goals and handed out three assists in seven games for her team. She scored the game-winner in the USA's first victory over Australia and scored four goals in a win over England.
Albrecht graduated from Northwestern in 2006 with a degree in psychology. As a student she volunteered with Special Olympics, the athletic department's field day for low-income children and Northwestern Natural Ties, an organization creating and supporting friendships between people with and without disabilities. She graduated from Thayer Academy in 2001.