Carly Ritchlin begins her 17th year at the helm of the Geneseo women's lacrosse program in 2019-20. Ritchlin is the winningest coach in the 21-year history of the program, entering the 2020 campaign with a 189-80 (.703) mark during her tenure with the Knights.
Ritchlin also ranks among the winningest coaches in the nation. Prior to the 2019 season, Ritchlin sat 40th in NCAA history in victories and 30th in winning percentage among all active NCAA coaches (DI-III). She also ranks in the top-20 in Division III history in victories and winning percentage.
Geneseo finished 2019 with a 14-5 mark to tie the second-highest win total in program history. The Knights also ended the regular season with a 9-0 SUNYAC record for the first time in program history to earn the top seed for the conference tournament. Making its 19th SUNYAC Tournament appearance in 22 seasons, Geneseo defeated fourth-seeded Oswego, 18-5, before succumbing to third-seeded Brockport, 13-4, in its first championship game appearance since 2014. Attacker Hannah Marafioti '20 became the first Knight in program history to garner SUNYAC Offensive Player of the Year recogntion before earning Second-Team All-American honors.
Ritchlin was tabbed the 2018 SUNYAC Coach of the Year after guiding the Knights to a 13-5 record, including a 6-2 SUNYAC mark for the conference tournament third seed. The Knights also opened the campaign with a program-record 11-straight victories which was also the longest winning-streak in team history.
The 2016 season saw Geneseo finish with a 12-6 record, including a 6-2 SUNYAC mark that tied for second in the regular-season standings. Claudia Coleates '16 capped the season by being named a Third-Team All-America.
Geneseo made their second-straight NCAA Tournament appearance in 2014, finishing with a school-record 17-3 mark and a No. 10 ranking in the final Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) poll. The Knights finished the regular season with a 7-1 SUNYAC record before defeating Fredonia, 12-9, in the SUNYAC semifinals to clinch their fifth SUNYAC Championship game appearance in 10 years. After falling to nationally No. 1-ranked Cortland in the championship game, Geneseo received an at-large bid to the national tournament and hosted No. 20 Stevens (Md.) in the first-ever NCAA Tournament home game in program history. On the heels of a 5-4 victory over the Mustangs, the Knights moved on to face Franklin & Marshall (Pa.) in a third-round match-up hosted by Salisbury (Md.). Geneseo dug its way out of a 6-3 halftime hole with four-unanswered goals in the first five minutes of the second half, but the Diplomats would score the game-winning goal with eight seconds left in regulation to steal a 9-8 victory.
In 2013, Ritchlin was named the SUNYAC Coach of the Year after guiding the Knights to a 13-6 record and their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. Receiving an at-large bid following a runner-up showing in the SUNYAC Tournament, the Knights upset host Susquehanna (Pa.), 15-7, before falling to Bowdoin (Maine), 10-6, in the second round.
Under Ritchlin's wing, Emily Haggerty '14 and Caroline Buonocore '14 became the first players in program history to be named IWLCA All-Americans. Forming the highest-scoring duo in program history, Buonocore (3rd Team AA) graduated as the Knights' career leader with 275 points and 226 goals, while Haggerty (2nd Team AA) finished first with 86 assists and second with 248 points and 162 goals.
In 2004, Ritchlin led the Knights to a 14-2 mark and the ECAC Upstate Tournament Championship. In her first year, she led Geneseo to a record of 10-5 and berths in both the SUNYAC and ECAC Mid-Atlantic tournaments.
Ritchlin spent one season as the part-time head women's lacrosse coach at the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2003, where she gained experience in all facets of coaching an intercollegiate program including recruiting, fitness training, contest/practice management and scouting. She guided the Tigers to a 5-6 record and saw three players named to the Empire-8 All-Conference team.
A 2001 Cortland graduate, Ritchlin was a four-year letter-winner, a two year starter and captain during her senior campaign for the Red Dragons. She helped Cortland to an overall record of 53-16, three SUNYAC titles and three NCAA Division III Tournament appearances during her four seasons. A two-time All-SUNYAC selection, she graduated with a school record 33 assists during her senior season en route to finishing third in career assists (66) and 17th in career points (118).