Stevens Institute of Technology Director of Athletics Russell Rogers announced that Williams College assistant Karen Shaddock has been hired as the Ducks’ Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach.
Under Shaddock’s single season with the Ephs, four players earned All-Berkshire Region recognition from the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA), while then-senior Kat Fearey and current rising sophomore Claire Fitzpatrick were each named to the New England Small College Athletic Conference’s Second Team.
Shaddock arrived at Williams from Lycoming College, where the Corning, New York native spent two seasons as head coach of the Warriors, piloting the team to 22 victories. Under Shaddock’s tutelage, Meghann Jackson earned the program’s first-ever Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Commonwealth Offensive Player of the Year award after setting a program record with 113 points (80g 33a) in 17 games. Shaddock also brings coaching experience from Medaille College and Rochester Institute of Technology with her to Castle Point.
As an undergraduate, Shaddock played four seasons at Buffalo State University and concluded her career as one of the most decorated scorers in NCAA history, compiling 457 points over 72 career contests. During her time as a Bengal, Shaddock earned four IWLCA All-Empire Region selections, was a four-time All-SUNYAC performer and received Second Team IWLCA All-American recognition as a senior.
After a strong freshman campaign, Shaddock was tabbed SUNYAC Rookie of the Year and also earned All-American honors from WomensLacrosse.com, becoming the first player in program history to earn All-American distinction. Still in possession of multiple Buffalo State scoring records, Shaddock currently ranks fourth in NCAA history, regardless of division, in career points. She also is tied for the third-fastest goal in Division III history (:06 seconds against SUNY Geneseo on May 1, 2009) and led Division III in points (150) as a senior. Shaddock will be inducted into her alma mater’s Hall of Fame later this year.
A 2012 graduate of Buffalo State with a bachelor’s in individualized studies, Shaddock is currently completing her master’s in sports leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Shaddock, who will become the third coach in program history, inherits a team that finished 14-6 and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Ducks went a perfect 8-0 in Empire 8 Conference play. Rising junior Kyra Bednarski became the second IWLCA All-American in program history after finishing the 2018 season with 110 points (65g 45a) in 20 contests to earn first-team recognition. The Syracuse, New York native was also named E8 Player of the Year and led six other players in earning all-E8 accolades.
In addition to their abilities on the field, women’s lacrosse was named an IWLCA/Zag Sports Academic Honor Squad and five student-athletes were named to the IWLCA/Zag Sports Academic Honor Roll.
In her addition to her coaching duties at RIT and Medaille, Shaddock also served in both school’s Sports Information office.