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After leading the Saint Joseph's field hockey program to its first Atlantic 10 regular season championship in 21 years and consecutive Atlantic 10 Championship berths, Lynn Farquhar returns to Hawk Hill for her fourth season as the head coach of the Hawks in 2017.
Farquhar moved into fourth on the program's all-time coaching victories list after the Hawks turned in a 15-6 campaign in 2016. SJU posted an 8-0 mark in Atlantic 10 play, giving the Hawks their first regular season league crown since 1995. Farquhar guided the Hawks to the Atlantic 10 championship game as well for the first since 2007 en route to earning Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year honors.
Sophomore Anna Willocks put together arguably the greatest offensive season in program history, tallying 25 goals, 12 assists, and 62 points en route to Second Team All-America honors, making her just the third NFHCA All-American in program history. She also claimed her second consecutive Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year honor. Willocks was joined on the All-Conference First Team by senior Kerri Turk, who enjoyed a breakout season in her final year on Hawk Hill, and freshman Pepa Serrano.
Farquhar's success on the recruiting front bore fruit as well, as a talented freshman class earned at least a share of the Atlantic 10's Rookie of the Week honor every week of the season. Serrano was named the league's Rookie of the Year, while three of her classmates joined her on the All-Rookie Team.
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.
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. A number of student-athletes Farquhar recruited to UD went on to help the Blue Hens claim the 2016 national championship.
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.