Her list of accomplishments is so lengthy that it's difficult to fit into one article. But 36-year
St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Alexandria, Va.)
coach Kathy Jenkins still says seeing her players commit to the team game is her biggest joy.
"I think the commitment of the girls to learning and being part of a team is probably of the biggest importance to me," said Jenkins, whose 18-3 team is ranked No. 19 by MaxPreps in this week's Xcellent 25 National Girls Lacrosse Rankings. "Our schedule is pretty tough and we travel far on weekends to play good teams.
"I expect a lot of them time-wise and the girls understand that. I think their commitment carries them through the rest of their lives."
Jenkins has taught many lessons over those 36 years, and, frankly, has won a lot of games. Last week, her Saints defeated Holy Child (Md.), 15-2, giving her 600 career victories.
Mike Messere of West Genesee (Camillus, N.Y.) is considered the winningest boys' lacrosse coach with 752 victories. Greenwich (Conn.) Academy coach Angela Tammaro is the only other active girls' lacrosse coach with more than 600 wins, in 47 years of coaching.
To mark Jenkins' achievement, the school will honor her on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on the Upper School girls' lacrosse field, prior to its first-round Independent Schools League tournament game.
Jenkins co-founded the girls' lacrosse program at SSSAS in 1976. At the time, she had never played the game herself, but she used her background as a basketball coach and her passion, dedication, discipline for sports, and caring for her players to create one of the most successful girls' lacrosse programs in the country.
Her teams have won 24 conference tournament championships, 21 league titles, six state titles, and have had eight undefeated seasons. Jenkins has sent hundreds of players to compete at the collegiate level and continues to mentor them into college and beyond.
In service to youth sports, she has served on numerous boards, while coaching and mentoring athletes around the Washington, D.C., area through clinics, camps and awards programs. Jenkins is a member of the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame in the Potomac and Virginia chapters. She also teaches fifth grade P.E. and coaches junior varsity girls tennis and Middle School girls tennis, basketball, and lacrosse.
Does Jenkins plan to keep coaching?
"People ask me that all the time," she said. "I just love it. I love the game. I have loved it since I started coaching it; I didn't know it, but I loved basketball and I used those skills to (learn to coach) lacrosse.
"I have been all over the world and coached many ages. I love doing it and sometime I am going to give it up, but right now I still love it and I want to keep doing it."
Games to Watch This Week
No. 10 Ridgewood (N.J.) at No. 3 Moorestown (N.J.), Tuesday
No. 7 Farmingdale (N.Y.) at No. 22 Massapequa (N.Y.), Wednesday
No. 11 Sacred Heart (N.Y.) at No. 4 St. Anthony's (N.Y.), FridayMaxPreps Xcellent 25 National Girls Lacrosse Rankings1. (No. 1 last week) McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.), 15-0
The Eagles went undefeated in the IAAM and open play in the tournament quarterfinals on Tuesday vs. Severn. The semis are Thursday and final on Sunday at Stevenson University.2. (2) Bryn Mawr (Baltimore), 15-1
The Mawrtians earned the second seed in the IAAM playoffs and open Tuesday in the quarterfinals vs. John Carroll.3. (3) Moorestown (N.J.), 16-0
The Quakers toppled Pennsylvania power Harriton, 18-8, on Friday as Steph Toy
had four goals and two assists and Nikki McMonagle
added three goals and four assists. On Tuesday they play host to Ridgewood, the team they fell to, 10-9, in the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions final last year.4. (4) St. Anthony's (Melville, N.Y.), 11-1
The Friars remain undefeated in the CHSAA and close their regular season Thursday, when they host No. 11 Sacred Heart (Hempstead, N.Y.).5. (6) Marriotts Ridge (Marriottsville, Md.), 14-0
The Mustangs finished a perfect regular season by whipping Atholton (Md.), 18-6, after leading just 9-5 at halftime. Zoe Stukenberg
had five goals and two assists to lead the rout. The Mustangs played Tuesday vs. Ann Arundal County champion South River in the District V title game.6. (7) Century (Sykesville, Md.), 13-1
The Knights claimed the Carroll County championship by rallying past Westminster, 14-8, scoring eight unanswered goals over a 19-minute stretch. The victory gave the Knights their first outright county championship since 2006. Madi Hall
had four goals and an assist and Kailey Wolfe
added three goals and an assist for Century.7. (5) Farmingdale (N.Y.), 12-1
The Dalers' Cassie Perettine
scored her only goal of the game with 1:41 left, lifting Farmingdale to a 13-12 win over Garden City as Nassau County's top two teams met in a showdown that lived up to the hype. Amanda Turturro
scored four of her six goals as Farmingdale (10-0) went on a 10-4 run after the half. On Saturday Farmingdale downed Eastport-South Manor, 17-11, in the capper to the Long Island Challenge as Nadine Hadnagy
had five goals and an assist. On Monday, though, the Dalers fell to Manhasset, 12-6.
8. (8) Ward Melville (East Setauket, N.Y.), 14-0
The Patriots edged East Islip (N.Y.), 11-10, to stay unbeaten as Kelsey Nagle
had three goals and two assists. They close their regular season Saturday at West Babylon.9. (9) Great Valley (Malvern, Pa.), 13-0
The Patriots took sole possession of first place in the Ches-Mont League with an 18-5 rout of Henderson as Ali Karwoski
(four goals, one assist) and Emily Scullin
(four goals) led the attack. They then clipped Conestoga, 14-7, and can wrap up a perfect regular season with wins this week over leagues foes Sun Valley and Kennett10. (11) Ridgewood (N.J.), 16-1
The Maroons finish their regular season with the biggest game of the year as they host Moorestown, the team they edged, 10-9, in last year's Tournament of Champions final.11. (13) Sacred Heart Academy (Hempstead, N.Y.), 14-1
The Spartans were disappointed with their 19-5 loss to St. Anthony's in the first CHSAA showdown. They'll get another shot at the Friars on Friday.12. (12) West Genesee (Camillus, N.Y.), 12-1
The Wildcats toppled Baldwinsville (N.Y.), 16-10, and finish the regular season with three teams at .500 or below.13. (14) Chatham (N.J.), 13-2
The Cougars have won 11 straight games and close their regular season Tuesday by hosting Group 1 power Villa Walsh.14. (15) Vero Beach (Fla.), 21-2
The Fighting Indians won their seventh straight state title and extended their win streak over Florida opponents to 93 games with a 22-6 rout of Bishop Moore in the FHSAA final on Saturday at South County Stadium. Lucy Sexton
led the attack with five goals.15. (16) Georgetown Visitation Prep (Washington, D.C.), 17-1
The Tigers defeated closed their regular season with easy victories over Bullis (Md.), 21-10, and Potomac School (Md.), 22-8. They are the top seed in the DC Independent League playoffs.
16. (10) Garden City (N.Y.), 10-4Alexandra Bruno
led Garden City with seven goals, but the Trojans dropped a 13-12 decision to Farmingdale. They bounced back with victories over Wantagh (14-10) and Mt. Sinai (18-12) and finish their regular season Wednesday at Manhasset.17. (17) Guilderland (Guilderland Center, N.Y.), 14-0
The Flying Dutch can finish their regular season undefeated with a home victory Wednesday over Bethlehem (N.Y.).18. (18) Bay Shore (N.Y.), 13-1
The Marauders routed Shoreham-Wading River (N.Y.), 13-5, on Saturday as Caroline deLyra
had five goals and three assists. They close their regular season Friday at East Islip.19. (20) St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Alexandria, Va.), 18-3
The Saints have two more regular season games this week before gearing up or the DC Independent Schools playoffs. They will be seeded second behind Georgetown Visitation in the Class AA Division.20. (21) Garnet Valley (Glen Mills, Pa.), 16-1
The Jaguars clinched the Central League championship last week and have the chance to close out a perfect league season by defeating Conestoga Tuesday. They will go into the District 1 tournament most probably as a No. 1 or No. 2 seed.21. (22) Maryvale Prep (Brooklandville, Md.), 11-3
The Lions opened playoff action in the IAAM quarterfinals on Tuesday vs. St. Paul's as the No. 3 seed.22. (NR) Massapequa (N.Y.), 13-1
The Chiefs earned a key 14-10 win over North Shore on Saturday as Kelsey O'Brien
had five goals and one assist and Maddy Pimental
collected three goals and two assists. They close their regular season with a home game vs. Farmingdale on Wednesday.23. (NR) Mendham (West Mendham, N.J.), 13-3
The Minutemen have won five straight to close their regular season. Aly Messinger
had four goals and three assists in an 18-8 win over Morris Knolls.24. (24) Hauppauge (N.Y.), 13-2
The Eagles rebounded from losing two of three games by taking three in a row. They close their regular season Tuesday at Rocky Point.25. (19) North Shore (Glen Head, N.Y.), 12-2
The Vikings dropped a 13-10 decision to Massapequa. They close their regular season Tuesday at Cold Spring Harbor.Dropped Out:
Shawnee (Medford, N.J.), 11-2, Notre Dame Academy (Worcester, Mass.), 13-1.Chris Goldberg, editor and owner of Lacrosse Media, operates Phillylacrosse.com, LILacrosseNews.com and BaltimoreLacrosseNews.com, as well as the new national gear site, LaxGearZone.com. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.