Women’s Lacrosse will add yet another new member to its coaching staff this upcoming season. Joining recent hire, Steph Lazo, will be former collegiate lacrosse player and coach, Laura Zinkand. Both Lazo and Zinkland will work together as assistant coaches under head coach Lauren Schwarzman.
“I couldn’t be happier that LB will be joining our staff. I’ve known her since she was a player and I know she will be a tremendous asset to our team,” said Schwarzmann. “She is hard-working, smart and dedicated to making our program the best that it can be. I can’t wait to work with her and for our players to learn from her.”
Zinkand started off her collegiate lacrosse career at the University of Cincinnati in 2009, where she started 16 games on defense. As a result, she led the team with 42 ground balls, while also causing 11 turnovers. After two seasons with the Bearcats, Zinkand transferred to Towson and helped the Tigers win the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association Championship and earn an NCAA berth. In 2014, she became the director of lacrosse operations for Towson.
“I would like to thank Coach Schwarzmann, Director of Athletics Lynne Robinson, and the Mount St. Mary’s athletic administration for giving me the opportunity to build on the great success of the women’s lacrosse program here at the Mount,” said Zinkand. “I feel honored be part of a university with such a prestigious academic and athletic reputation. I am excited to continue the growth of the women’s lacrosse program as we strive to compete for championships.”
After graduating from Towson in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in biology, Zinkand worked as an assistant for Lycoming College’s women’s lacrosse team. In 2015, she became an assistant lacrosse coach for two seasons at Holy Cross College in Massachusetts.