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Ann Elliott is in her fifth season as the head coach at Colorado.

At the end of her fourth season in 2017, she was honored by her peers as she was named the IWLCA Midwest/West Region Coach of the Year as well as the MPSF Coach of the Year.

In her four years as the leader of the program, the Buffaloes have compiled an impressive 51-24 (.680) record, including 25-10 (.714) in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. Elliott was hired as CU’s first-ever head lacrosse coach on March 26, 2012, just short of two months after the school officially added the program.

CU has finished in the top four in the MPSF during each of the first four years of the program and has seen steady, visible progress each season, including a second place finish in 2017.

Under Elliott’s leadership, a variety of players have earned numerous honors in the program’s four-year history. In 2017, three players were named to the IWLCA All-America teams for the first time in school history. Sarah Brown (defender) was named to the second team, while Darby Kiernan (attacher) and Paige Soenksen (goalkeeper) were named to the third team. She has coached nine players to 20 All-MPSF selections and six to nine MPSF All-Tournament Team selections. Nine players have earned MPSF Weekly Honors 25 different times and six players have earned all-region honors from the IWLCA nine times.

Colorado finally received the attention it deserved in 2017, breaking onto the national scene in year four of the program. The Buffs finished the season with a school record 16 wins and just four losses. They advanced to the NCAA for the first time in the program’s short history and were ranked as high as fourth in all three major polls. CU also finished second in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, tallying a 7-1 mark.

The Buffs were a force at home, finishing the season with an 8-0 record which included two wins against top-20 programs. CU started the season on an impressive note, posting its first-ever win against a nationally ranked team with an 11-10 overtime victory over No. 9 Northwestern. Colorado ended its home slate with a 13-8 win against Stanford on April 7, the first in Buffs’ history.

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