Former Syracuse standout Martu Loncarica returns to the Saint Joseph's sideline for her second season as a volunteer assistant coach in 2016.
“I am excited to welcome Martu to the Hawk family,” head coach Lynn Farquhar said upon Loncarica joining the staff. “She shares a contagious energy and passion for life that translates on and off the field. I’ve been able to see Martu flourish as a player, a person, and now as a coach. Bringing experience from a top field hockey culture both in Argentina and at Syracuse is a huge asset, as is her desire to compete.”
“I am honored to join the Hawk family and I look forward to supporting the growth of the program by sharing my passion for and knowledge of the game,” Loncarica said. “I am privileged to assist Coach Farquhar and her staff in this endeavor.”
In her first season with the Hawks, Loncarica helped guide Anna Willocks to Atlantic 10 Offensive Player and Rookie of the Year Honors as well as a spot on the All-Conference First Team. SJU led the Atlantic 10 in goals per game, assists per game, and points per game in 2015, and ranked among the top 22 in the nation in each of those categories.
Loncarica came to Hawk Hill after serving as the Director of Field Hockey Operations at her alma mater for two seasons. During her tenure on the sideline, the Orange reached the championship game of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history in 2014.
A three-time All-American on the pitch, Loncarica graduated as Syracuse’s all-time leader in career points with 139; she holds the Orange’s career record with 65 assists. A team captain as a senior, she earned a Syracuse University Team Award in 2011 after being named Syracuse’s Female Athlete of the Year in 2010. She was named to the Big East All-Conference Team three times as well.
Loncarica helped lead Syracuse to the Final Four and the first of three consecutive Big East Conference regular season titles as a freshman in 2008. That same year, she set a single-season school record with 31 assists that still stands today. Her 65 points in 2008 are the second-most in a season in Syracuse history, while she also holds the single-season record for goals, assists, and points scored by a freshman. Loncarica added a 17-assist campaign in 2009, giving her two of the five-highest single season totals in program history.
She shares the Syracuse record for assists in a game with three, a feat she achieved four times; no other player in Orange history has done it more than twice. She also posted a pair of eight-point games, which rank in a tie for the sixth-most points in a game in program annals.
A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Loncarica represented the Buenos Aires All-Star Team on a pair of occasions in 2005 and 2006. She graduated from Syracuse in 2012 with a degree in nutrition, and earned her master’s in nutrition science in 2015.