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Sep 05, 2014 04:50 AM EDT

Pat McCabe Named as Head Coach of Women’s Lacrosse Program at Adelphi

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Pat McCabe has been named as the new head coach of the women's Lacrosse program at the Adelphi University.

"Pat is a person of high character, who has won at every level of lacrosse" Director of Athletics and Recreation, Danny McCabe, said in a statement. "His extensive experience and knowledge of the game of lacrosse separated him from the rest of the candidate pool, along with his strong values and tireless work ethic."

McCabe, a national hall of fame defenseman, started his playing career at Elmont Memorial High School, where he guided the program to a New York State Championship. At the Syracuse University, he won three NCAA Division I National Championships, earned four United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-American honors and also got the 1990 NCAA Defensive Player of The Year award.

"I am humbled by this opportunity and look forward to leading this special group of young women. Adelphi University women's lacrosse has set a high standard, both on and off the field and I will work tirelessly to uphold that tradition," stated McCabe.

Following college, McCabe played for the New York Saints of the National Lacrosse League from 1992 through 2001 including serving as a team captain. Beginning 2001, he spent six years as captain with Long Island Lizards of Major League Lacrosse. He led the Lizards to Major League Lacrosse Championships in 2001 and 2003.

McCabe earned "Fairest and Best Player" at the World Championships in Adelaide, Australia in 1988. He was also part of the 1990 (alternate), 1998 and 2006 United State National teams, where he earned a Gold medal in 1998 and a Silver Medal at the 2006 World Championships.

His collegiate experience includes serving as a defensive coordinator with the LIU-Post men's lacrosse program from 1999 to 2001. Under his leadership, Pioneers finished as NCAA Division II runners-up in 1999 and 2000. He was also a member of the Adelphi men's lacrosse coaching staff in 2011, driving the Panthers to NCAA Division II runner up status.

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