EMMITSBURG, Md. – Mount St. Mary's University women's lacrosse head coach B.J. Johnson has announced the hiring of Dana Cahill as an assistant women's lacrosse coach. Johnson also announced the addition of 2012 Mount graduate Nicole Price to her coaching staff.
"I am thrilled to welcome Dana to Mount St. Mary's," said Johnson. "I had the pleasure of coaching Dana for two years and I am excited to have her on our staff. She was a model student-athlete excelling in the classroom as well as on the field. She was a great goalkeeper and leader at Penn State and her experience as a player will not only benefit our defense and the goalkeepers, but our team as a whole."
Cahill comes to the Mount after a four-year playing career at Penn State, including the Nittany Lions starter in goal for the last two seasons. She registered 361 saves and a 9.80 goals against average in 2381.40 minutes in her career. In her two seasons as a starter, Cahill posted a 22-15 record and helped the team to the NCAA Quarterfinals in 2012. She was one of two goalkeepers selected as a Tewaaraton Award nominee in her senior year.
"I am so grateful to B.J. and the Mount for this great opportunity," said Cahill. "I am looking forward to working with the student-athletes and am excited to help them reach their goals for the 2013 season. I can't wait to be a part of the great academic and athletic traditions at the Mount."
Along with being nominated for the national award as a senior, Cahill ranked second in the nation in saves (180), ninth in saves per game (9.47) and 10th in save percentage (.486). A team captain in 2012, she started all 19 games for Penn State on her way to her second American Lacrosse Conference (ALC) Goalkeeper of the Year award and All-ALC first-team selection. She was also named to the 2012 IWLCA/Under Armour North-South All-Star Game. In addition, Cahill was named to the IWLCA All-America second team while also earning spots on the womenslax.com All-America team and was honored by SynapseSports.com as an All-America third-team honoree. She was selected to the IWLCA All-West/Midwest Region first team and was named the ALC Defensive Player of the Week once.
Cahill collected 150 saves and a 9.95 goals against average in 1037:40 minutes as a junior to be tabbed as the ALC Goalkeeper of the Year along with a spot on the All-ALC first team. She also earned IWLCA All-West/Midwest Region first team honors and was the womenslacrosse.com National Defensive Player of the Week for Mar. 21, 2011. Cahill paced the ALC in saves percentage (.466) and ranked second in ground balls (47). Cahill, who garnered ALC Defensive Player of the Week recognition twice as a junior, was named to thet ALC All-Tournament team in 2011.
Along with her exploits on the field, Cahill also excelled in the classroom all four years. She was named to the ALC Academic Honor Roll all four years and was selected to the Academic All-Big 10 in her final three seasons and was the Big 10 Distinguished Scholar Award recipient in 2010. She was also named to the IWLCA Academic Honor in 2011.
A native of Towson, Md., Cahill graduated from Penn State with a degree in advertising and public relations in May.
Price returns to her alma mater as an assistant coach after playing on the Mount women's lacrosse team for three seasons. She registered 47 goals and 10 assists for 57 points in her career.
"I am very happy to have Nicole join our staff this year," said Johnson. "I am excited to have her knowledge and experience as a former Mount St. Mary's student athlete. Playing for me for two years makes her very knowledgeable of our system and her ability to communicate that to our student-athletes will be extremely helpful."
After posting six goals and one assist for seven points in 2009, she returned to the team in 2011 to record 37 goals and eight assists for 45 points. During that season, Price scored the game-winner in the waning seconds against Sacred Heart in the final regular season game in 2011 to propel the Mount into the NEC Tournament. She then scored four times, including a natural hat trick in the NEC Semifinal win against Robert Morris to earn a spot on the All-Tournament team.
"I am excited to be a part of Mount lacrosse on a new level and look forward to a great upcoming season," said Price.
Price played in five games last year before her season ended due to injury. She recorded four goals and one assist for five points in 2012. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Business Administration at Mount St. Mary's.