Stacey Florence

Stacey Florence finished her seventh season as head coach in 2019-20 and now enters her eighth year on staff at Capital.

In five short years Stacey (Wood) Florence has helped lay a strong foundation for Capital Women’s Lacrosse and build an immediate competitor in the Ohio Athletic Conference and in the region. The program’s rapid growth has led to much success enjoyed by her student-athletes both on and off the field.

Florence, a former student-athlete and assistant coach, became the first coach of the Crusaders’ women’s lacrosse program in November 2012. Through seven seasons, Florence has helped groom five conference players of the year, nine all-region selections, one CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree, 39 All-OAC selections, and a host of academic awards from the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) and the OAC. She has won 10 or more games in her six full seasons as a head coach.

Capital enjoyed another season full of successes in 2019 as the team finished second in the OAC with a 7-1 conference record, its best in-conference record in program history, and advanced to the OAC Tournament Championship for the third time in four years. Capital began the year with five straight conference wins, another first in program history, and finished the year with an overall record of 11-6. The Crusaders strung together a record-tying seven consecutive victories in the middle of the campaign to open OAC play and in an eight-game stretch outscored conference opponents 141-41. The Crusaders recorded the program's first back-to-back shutouts on March 30 and April 3 when the team defeated Muskingum 22-0 and Marietta 20-0. Along the way, sophomore Brooke Delara broke the program's records for most points and most assists in a single game with 14 and 11, respectively, at Muskingum. Delara was one of three players to earn First Team All-OAC honors along with Kathryn Walton and Alex Lowry. Capital’s seven All-OAC selections were tied for the second-most in a single season in team history.

The 2018 season was a year of record-breaking firsts for Florence and the Crusaders as the team set a new program record with 14 wins. Capital went 6-2 in the OAC and finished with an overall record of 14-3. The Crusaders started the season 7-0, the most consecutive wins to start a season in program history and kept it rolling from there. The team finished with the third-most goals in the OAC (286) and allowed the second-fewest (121).