Alice Mercer Named Holy Child's Varsity Lacrosse Coach
We are pleased to announce our new Head Varsity Lacrosse coach, Alice Mercer. Ms. Mercer was recently hired as our upper school counselor at Holy Child, having received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Maryland and her master’s degree in school counseling at Niagara University.
One of the most accomplished defenders in the NCAA from 2013 to 2016, Mercer helped the University of Maryland Terrapins to four regular-season conference titles, three conference tournament titles, four NCAA championship game appearances, and two NCAA championships, in 2014 and 2015. During her college career, Mercer totaled 109 ground balls, 72 caused turnovers, and 53 draw controls. Mercer’s list of individual accolades includes two NCAA All-Tournament honors, three first-team All-Conference honors, and numerous conference and All-American honors from the IWLCA.
As a senior, Mercer served as the leader of the Maryland defense and was honored as one of five women’s finalists for the prestigious Tewaaraton Award, given annually to the top player in collegiate lacrosse. Mercer collected Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and IWLCA National Defender of the Year honors, and she was also named an IWLCA First Team All-American and made the Big Ten and NCAA All-Tournament teams. She was also a finalist for the 2016 Honda Award.
Mercer plays professionally for the Fight of the Women's Professional Lacrosse League (WPLL). She became the team's first-ever draft pick on Aug. 23, 2017 when they took her third overall in the inaugural league draft. She competed for the Fight during the 2018 and 2019 season, aiding her team to an appearance in the league semifinals the first season and the league championship in the second season. Mercer was recognized by the WPLL as one of 17 All-Star Team selections in both seasons. She was one of just six to make the squad unanimously.
As a member of the U.S. Women's National Team (2015-present), Mercer has helped lead her team to a Gold Medal in the 2017 FIL World Cup in Surrey, England (July 2017).
"I couldn't be more excited to take over the lacrosse program here at Holy Child,” said Mercer. “I am thrilled that I have the opportunity to be a part of this amazing school and community as both a school counselor and now, as a coach. Lacrosse has given me so much over the years; a second family, lifelong friendships, and confidence in my ability to lead. I hope to create an environment where each girl that comes through the program leaves feeling as though she has been given the same."
Please join us in welcoming Ms. Mercer to Holy Child’s athletic program!