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After leading the Saint Joseph's field hockey program back to the Atlantic 10 Championship for the first time since 2009, Lynn Farquhar retrns to Hawk Hill for her third season as the head coach of the Hawks.
Saint Joseph's returned to the postseason in 2015 after a six-year absence. The Hawks posted their second consecutive 9-9 record, and ended the regular season on a four-game winning streak, the program's longest stretch without a defeat in seven years. Farquhar's charges led the Atlantic 10 in goals per game, assists per game, and points per game, ranking among the top 22 in the country in all three categories.
Freshman forward Anna Willocks broke onto the scene by claiming Atlantic 10 Offensive Player and Rookie of the Year honors, in addition to joining graduate student Jenny Morris on the All-Conference First Team. Willocks led the conference in both goals and points, and she led all Division I freshmen in all three categories as well.
Farquhar also coached freshman standout Monica Tice to a spot on the All-Atlantic 10 Second Team, while Tice and Willocks both earned All-Rookie nods.
Farquhar’s first season on the sidelines at Ellen Ryan Field saw Saint Joseph’s post a 9-9 mark, the Hawks’ highest win total since the 2008 campaign. In addition, SJU started the season with wins in its first two games for the first time since 2006.
Seniors Jordan Martin and Nicole Gerdes had career years under Farquhar’s guidance, as Martin was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team and Gerdes earned Second Team honors. Freshman Melissa Herd was also tabbed for the league’s All-Rookie Team.
Saint Joseph’s marks Farquhar’s first head coaching stint after serving as an assistant on the staffs of a number of highly-regarded Division I programs. She helped steer those teams to six NCAA Tournament berths, five conference championships, and one Final Four. She also has a proven track record of success on the recruiting trail, both domestically and with student-athletes from around the world.
That knack for finding talent overseas has borne itself out in her time at Saint Joseph’s, as the Hawks have welcomed student-athletes from Germany, the Netherlands, Scotland, and New Zealand during her tenure.
Farquhar spent the 2013 season on the staff at Delaware, where she helped guide the Blue Hens to one of the best seasons in program history. Delaware went undefeated in the Colonial Athletic Association and swept the regular season and tournament championships en route to a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Prior to her stint at Delaware, Farquhar served as the associate head coach at both James Madison University and Syracuse University. The Dukes reached the CAA Tournament in both of her seasons at JMU, while Syracuse reached the Final Four in 2008, the national quarterfinals in 2009 and 2010, and four consecutive Big East Tournaments in her four seasons in New York.
Farquhar is no stranger to Atlantic 10 competition, as she began her coaching career as an assistant at the University of Richmond. In two seasons, she helped guide the Spiders to a pair of Atlantic 10 championships and NCAA Tournament berths.
She is active with the United States Field Hockey Association, serving as a High Performance assistant coach and as an administrator at the USA Field Hockey Women’s National Championship in 2014. A member of the Alliance of Women’s Coaches, she has displayed a passion for sharing the impact that sport has on life skills and development.
A 2005 graduate of Old Dominion, Farquhar was a part of the Monarchs’ squad that won the national championship in 2000. The native of Alexandria, Virginia, was also named an Academic All-American and a regional First Team honoree during her playing career.