Rounce Named Field Hockey Coach of the Year for 2015
After guiding the Merrimack College field hockey team to its first-ever NCAA Championship game and the first championship game for Merrimack Athletics since 1994, head coach Anne Rounce has been named the 2015 4U Field Hockey/NFHCA East Region Coach of the Year, as announced by the NFHCA on Wednesday.
“I am very humbled by the award,” said Rounce. “There are so many talented coaches within our league, and because of that I am truly honored. I cannot thank the team and staff enough for all of their hard work and dedication to the program. I had a dream back in 2003 when I stepped foot onto Merrimack’s campus that we wanted to go to the National Championship. Since then I have worked with so many talented, committed and relentless young ladies that have allowed me the privilege to coach them through multiple NCAA experiences. Thank you to everyone that has been a part of this amazing journey.”
Rounce coached her squad to a 16-6 record on the year, posting the second most wins in a season in program history, with the record at 17 from 2011 and 2012, both of which came under Rounce. The Warriors posted four wins in the regular season over ranked opponents and saw themselves ranked as high as sixth in the country during the season. In one stretch during the year Rounce’s team strung together eight straight victories, the longest winning streak for the team since 2012, before being elected to the fourth NCAA tournament in program history.
After being selected to the tournament, Rounce led her team to a huge first round overtime victory over fourth-ranked Adelphi in North Andover to advance to her fourth NCAA Semifinals in the past five seasons. The Merrimack graduate then saw her team do something no other Merrimack College field hockey team has done: win in the semifinals to advance to the NCAA Championship. Rounce coached up her team to one of their best performances of the season in the Championship game, playing against the top-ranked team in the country and just being edged out in overtime.