The Maroons finished their first year as an NCAA Division III varsity sport with 15 wins and just three losses, earning the second-seed into the CCIW Tournament with a 6-1 regular-season mark in conference play. UChicago earned its first West Regional ranking (No. 6) and finished the year a perfect 11-0 at home in 2019.
The University of Chicago women's lacrosse team received seven total accolades from the 2019 College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) All-Conference Team. Head Coach Kate Robinson was named the CCIW Co-Coach of the Year and first year, Karina Schulze was voted CCIW Offensive Player of the Year and CCIW Newcomer of the Year. Lally Johnson and Adriana Shutler secured a spot on the First Team and Audrey Kaus rounded out the Maroon award recipients on the Second Team. The team also took home three Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-Region awards.
Head Coach - Kate Robinson
Kate Robinson was named the program's first head coach in May 2017. Robinson began her coaching career at Whitman, which competes at the NCAA Division III level within the Northwest Conference. She was also that program's first head coach as the Blues moved from club to varsity status under her guidance. Over her three years, Whitman doubled its win totals in each subsequent season. After posting two victories in 2015 and four in 2016, Robinson's squad peaked with a 9-6 record in 2017. The Blues also took second place in the NWC with a 6-2 conference record.
The continued ascent in the win column helped Robinson earn recognition as the NWC Coach of the Year in both 2016 and 2017. Her teams produced 12 All-NWC players during her tenure, including five this past season. Sophomore Lindsay Schwartz was named the NWC Player of the Year and Mary Noyes garnered NWC Freshman of the Year accolades. Schwartz was also picked as a First Team All-Region honoree by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA).
Before her arrival at Whitman, Robinson spent two years as assistant coach at Stevens Institute of Technology and one year as graduate assistant coach at her alma mater, The Catholic University of America.
When UChicago women's lacrosse makes its varsity debut, it will do so as an associate member of the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) at the start of the 2018-19 academic year.
The CCIW began sponsoring women's lacrosse during the 2014-15 academic year. UChicago will become the eighth women's lacrosse team in the league and the second associate member alongside the University of Dubuque. The six CCIW full members include Augustana College, Carroll University, Carthage College, Elmhurst College, Illinois Wesleyan University and North Central College.
At the end of the conference schedule each season, the top four women's lacrosse teams will take part in the CCIW's conference tournament. The eventual champion will receive an automatic qualification into the NCAA Division III Championship field.