The Eagles take one of two at the Longstreth/Bobcat Classic
Field hockey opens season at Quinnipiac
Three different Eagles scored in victory
The Eagles wrapped up the year with a tough, overtime loss to Connecticut on Saturday.
Head Coach Ainslee Lamb enters her 10th season as head coach at Boston College. Under her tutelage, the Eagles are 108-68 and have made three trips to the NCAA Tournament. She has coached 20 players to 33 All-America honors and eight to 12 All-Atlantic Coast Conference awards. Achieving the in the classroom as well, 27 of Lamb's student-athletes have earned 54 All-ACC Academic team honors and 27 garnered 52 National Field Hockey Coaches Association Academic Squad (NFHCA) recognition. Four of Lamb's student-athletes earned ACC Postgraduate Scholarship, two were named BC Eagle of the Year and one was deemed the ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
In February 2005, Lamb became the seventh head field hockey coach in Boston College history, as she took over a program heading into its inaugural year in the ACC. She has kept the winning tradition alive, as the Eagles have tallied a winning record the last 14 consecutive seasons.
In her first season at the helm, the Eagles made the NCAA Tournament and in only her second year of coaching, Lamb led the program to its highest rank ever in the NFHCA poll, placing fourth on Oct. 3 after defeating Duke in double overtime. In 2013, they Eagles soared to the sixth spot in the poll on Oct. 8 after upsetting No. 2 Connecticut in overtime in Storrs, Conn. They also earned the No. 6 spot on Sept. 20, 2012.
Since taking over at BC, the Eagles have earned double-digit wins every season. In 2013, Lamb brought BC back to the NCAA Tournament, the first trip since 2009, ending the year with a 12-8 record. The 11th-ranked Eagles fell, 2-1, in overtime to the fourth-ranked, and eventual national champion UConn, in the first round. On Sept. 5, Lamb earned her 100th victory as the Boston College head coach with a 3-2 home victory over Quinnipiac.
Aside from the regular-season upset over the Huskies, Lamb also coached the 2013 Eagles to an upset of No. 5 Syracuse to start the ACC season and over No. 19 Boston University. Junior midfielder Emma Plasteras earned her second All-ACC nod, picked up the NFHCA All-Northeast Region Player of the Year and earned All-America First-Team accolades. In addition, four other players earned all-regional accolades.
Lamb led the 2012 and 2011 teams to 10-9 records. In 2012, the Maroon and Gold defeated four nationally-ranked teams, including a home win over No. 10 Northeastern and a road victory over No. 21 Duke. The Eagles won their first four of five games, losing an overtime contest to instate rival Massachusetts at the Heights.
In 2011, the Eagles tallied three road wins over nationally-ranked teams and took two more to overtime. In 2010, the Eagles compiled a 12-7 record as BC began the season on a five-game win streak. The Eagles outscored opponents, 46-27, and drew more penalty corners, 134-82. Senior Janna Anctil was named the ACC Field Hockey Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
The 2009 and 2008 seasons both saw the Eagles go 13-7, and in 2009 BC earned an NCAA Tournament bid for the first time since 2005. In December 2009, Lamb was honored as the Northeast Region Coach of the Year while her player, Chelsey Feole earned Northeast Region Player of the Year.
Lamb is also a well-known name on an international front. She has been the head coach for the U.S. U17, U19 and U21 national teams. In the spring of 2013, she took the U19 team to Holland and in the summer, she led the U17 Junior National age group. In 2012, the U17 team competed against the Canadian team and came away with the series win. In 2010, Lamb led the U21 team on an overseas tour with stops in Ireland and Germany. Under her guidance, the squad defeated Germany for the first time in program history. During the summer prior to the 2009 season, Lamb was assistant coach for the U21 team that finished eighth in the Junior World Cup. She is currently the U19 team's assistant coach.
She continues to work with on the local elite level. In the summer of 2013, she coached the USA Field Hockey Futures Elite North team to a gold medal and for seven years, she was at the helm of the New England Senior High Performance Team. She led the team to a fifth-place finish at nationals in 2011, beating California in the 5th/6th game. She also coached at the 2012 and 2011 Junior National Camp. During the 2007 summer, Lamb coached the same New England team to a National Championship at the 2008 USA Field Hockey High Performance Training Center National Championship Tournament.
Lamb's reach goes far beyond the playing field. She also serves as a member of the ACC Equity Committee, after being nominated by Boston College administration. In January 2012, she presented for the second time at the NFHCA convention. Lamb also currently acts as a Level One and Level Two USA Field Hockey Accreditation Program Instructor. After the 2007 season, Lamb was invited to an inaugural program to earn the USA Field Hockey's Level Three coaching accreditation. As a winning and experienced coach, Lamb has been asked to speak at the last three National Coaches Forums (2010-12). Her hard work and talent did not go unnoticed as she was recognized by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) as Developmental Coach of the Year for USA Field Hockey.
At Yale, from 1999 to 2003, Lamb helped her teams compile a 41-47 record. She led the Bulldogs to back-to-back ECAC championships in 2002 and 2003. Prior to being named head coach, she served as an assistant under Marisa Didio for three years.
Lamb is a 1994 graduate of the University of Toronto and earned a Master of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts in 1996. She was a standout player at both Toronto and Massachusetts, where she was an NCAA Tournament All-Star when the Minutewomen reached the NCAA Final Four in 1992. She and her husband Joel, Harvard football's offensive co-coordinator, have a daughter, Brooklyn.