MERION STATION, Pa. – Saint Joseph’s field hockey head coach Lynn Farquhar has announced that Martu Loncarica has joined the Hawk coaching staff. Loncarica has spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at William & Mary; prior to her tenure with the Tribe, she was a volunteer assistant with the Hawks for two seasons. She also serves as an assistant coach with the USA Field Hockey U-21 squad.
“We are thrilled to welcome Martu back to Hawk Hill,” Farquhar said. “She has impacted the program in the past as a new coach and is returning with valuable experience, both coaching internationally and within the NCAA. Martu's go-getter personality, contagious passion for sport, and ambition for individual personal development strongly align with our core values.”
“I believe everything happens for a reason and that the stars were aligned for me to rejoin the Hawks this year,” Loncarica said. “I am beyond excited to work alongside Lynn, who has transformed SJU Field Hockey since her arrival, from being ranked 64th in the RPI to number nine in only five years.
“My goal is to help strengthen this program by simply encouraging and motivating players to be the best versions of themselves, not only on the field but also off the field. I am thrilled to work with such an accomplished and ambitious group of women.”
“We have a great group heading into the 2019 season; Martu will be a key component as we continue to strive for excellence and to better our past,” Farquhar added.
A 2012 graduate of Syracuse, Loncarica began her coaching career at her alma mater, where she served as the Director of Field Hockey Operations. During her tenure on the sideline, the Orange reached the championship game of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.
Joining the Hawks in 2015 as a volunteer assistant, Loncarica tutored nine Atlantic 10 All-Conference honorees and helped guide both recent graduate Anna Willocks and rising senior Pepa Serrano to Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year accolades and All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors. Willocks was named the Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year in both of Loncarica’s seasons on Hawk Hill, and earned Second Team All-America laurels in 2016.
The Hawks reached the Atlantic 10 Championship for the first time in seven seasons during Loncarica’s first year on campus, and then went on the claim the first of three consecutive Atlantic 10 regular season titles and make the first of three consecutive conference title game appearances in her second.
Loncarica then moved on to an assistant coaching position at William & Mary for the 2017 season and her presence was felt immediately, as the Tribe enjoyed one of the highest-scoring seasons in program history and reached the Colonial Athletic Association championship game for the first time in 15 years. Last season, the Tribe won its first-ever conference championship and returned to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2002; an overtime win in the opening round was William & Mary’s first-ever NCAA Tournament victory.
During her time with the Tribe, Loncarica guided Estelle Hughes to Third Team All-America honors, while seven players earned All-South Region honors and 10 were tabbed for either the CAA All-Conference First or Second Teams.
Loncarica was also selected to be an assistant coach for the USA Field Hockey U-21 National Team in February of 2018, most recently coaching with the team at the Three Nations Tournament in Germany last month. With the U-21 team, she assists with planning practices and evaluating players and works with the team’s offensive unit, in addition to handling video analysis and serving as the squad’s media contact.
A three-time All-American on the pitch, Loncarica graduated as Syracuse’s all-time leader in career points with 139; she also 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. 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.
A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Loncarica played for the Buenos Aires All-Star team in 2005 and 2006. She graduated from Syracuse with a degree in nutrition, and earned her master’s in nutrition science in 2015.