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Rousseau gone, not forgotten

Girls Lacrosse Coach of Year

Girls Lacrosse Coach of Year

June 16, 2008|By TIM KOELBLE

SAINT JAMES -- Laurie Rousseau has left the St. James campus, but she left her mark on the school's girls lacrosse program in three years as head coach.

St. James had gone 12-3 and 15-1 in the win-loss column the previous two years and came away with a 9-7 record in 2008, but Rousseau is the first to defend this season's record.

"With our talent developing we played a much, much stronger schedule this year than in the past," she said. "We also placed more of an emphasis on team play."

Rousseau has been named The Herald-Mail All-Area Girls Lacrosse Coach of the Year.

"This has been the most fun team and the best group of girls to be around and coach," said Rousseau. "They worked hard for me."

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Rousseau recently moved to Kennebunkport, Maine, with her husband Shawn and new baby after her stint at St. James, which included duties as athletic director last year.

Rousseau said the program is in sound shape, ready for new coach Millie McKeachie to take over.

"It's a much stronger program with a talent level that has improved," said Rousseau. "Lacrosse is a fun sport to play and it's been a function of the kids being into it."

Rousseau brought her coaching abilities to the forefront through her first-hand experiences as an athlete.

At St. Mark's in Southborough, Mass., she excelled as a three-sport athlete in lacrosse, ice hockey and field hockey before moving on to Yale. She was a starting attacker there on a nationally ranked team in lacrosse and a four-year star in women's ice hockey.

Rousseau was also the alternate goaltender for the U.S. Olympic women's ice hockey team in 1998.

She spent five years in New England coaching and teaching before she came to St. James, but now returns back to the Northeast.

"We're in the high-rent district," said Rousseau about Kennebunkport, summer home of former President George H.W. Bush.

Rousseau plans on returning to coaching after taking off next season to be at home with her new daughter. Shawn Rousseau will be the head boys ice hockey coach at Thornton Academy, a combined public-private school.

"I'll get back into coaching either lacrosse or girls ice hockey," she said.

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