Hillary Fratzke enters her third season as head coach at William and Mary, as she looks to continue helping the Tribe lacrosse program regain a place among the upper echelon of the Colonial Athletic Association.
A number of Tribe standouts have benefited from Fratzke’s tutelage during her first two seasons at the College, as seven W&M players have combined to garner nine all-conference honors. Additionally, W&M has ranked among the league’s best in multiple categories and was among the CAA’s top three in ground balls, draw controls and caused turnovers each of the past two seasons.
Last spring, the Tribe led the CAA in ground balls per game and draw controls per game, while it ranked third in caused turnovers per game, goals per game and shooting percentage. Additionally, the team’s 202 draw controls ranks ninth on the program’s single-season list.
The 2014 squad ranked second in the CAA in both draw controls per game (12.44) and caused turnovers per game (9.12), while its totals in both categories ranked among the top-10 on W&M’s single-season lists.
Highlighting the individual accomplishments on the field has been All-CAA standout Ellen Shaffrey, who posted the top two single-season draw controls totals in school history during the past two years. Additionally, the Charlottesville, Va., native finished her career as the program’s all-time record holder in the statistical category.
In addition to the success on the field, W&M has also excelled in the classroom during Fratzke’s tenure. In addition to earning Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaching Association (IWLCA) Academic Honor Squad recognition during each of her two seasons for posting a team cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better, Tribe student-athletes have combined to garner 14 IWLCA Academic Honor Roll selections.
In 2015, Ellen Shaffrey exemplified the academic success by earning a long list of impressive honors, including: IWLCA Division I Scholar-Athlete of the Year; CAA Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year; CAA Women’s Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the Year; Academic All-America At-Large Third Team; and Academic All-District 3 At-Large First Team.
Fratzke came to the College after serving as an assistant coach at Northwestern for the previous three seasons. During her time with the Wildcats, she helped the program claim back-to-back NCAA national titles in 2011 and 2012, as well as a national semifinal appearance in 2013. NU posted a 61-7 overall record during the impressive three-year stretch and earned American Lacrosse Conference championships in 2011 and 2013.
In addition to helping the Wildcats achieve tremendous success as a team, a number of individuals thrived under Fratzke’s tutelage as she mentored a pair of Lacrosse Honda Sports Award winners (Shannon Smith, Taylor Thornton) and 12 IWLCA All-Americans.
While coaching at NU, Fratzke had a lead role in coordinating all aspects of the Wildcats program, including training sessions, film study, recruiting, program operations and marketing. She also coached extensively in Northwestern’s national youth camps and clinics and served as a liaison with Northwestern Lacrosse's booster club.
Fratzke joined Northwestern’s staff after an exceptional playing career at Towson in which she earned IWLCA All-America honors three times and ranked fourth in NCAA women’s lacrosse history in draw controls (327). Additionally, Fratzke, a four-time All-Colonial Athletic Association selection, was a two-time Tewaaraton Trophy nominee and garnered CAA Player of the Year honors in 2008 and 2010.
A native of Centreville, Md., Fratzke played in 72 games for Towson with 70 starts. She tallied 199 goals and 63 assists during her career, both of which rank third all-time in program history, while her 262 points is second in the Tiger record book. Fratzke also sits atop the Towson career leaders in ground balls (193), draw controls (327) and caused turnovers (144).
Fratzke helped lead Towson to back-to-back CAA titles in 2008 and 2009, as the Tigers qualified for the NCAA tournament three consecutive seasons from 2008-10. She was honored in 2010 by being named to the CAA’s 25th Anniversary Team.
Fratzke recorded a point in 70 consecutive games while notching a goal in 64-straight contests, the second-longest streak in NCAA history. As a junior, she netted a career-best 62 goals and 24 assists en route to being named a first-team IWLCA All-American, the CAA Player of the Year and a Tewaaraton Trophy nominee.
A CAA Scholar-Athlete and the 2010 Towson Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Fratzke is pursuing a master’s degree in biology from Towson after attaining her bachelor's degree in the same field.