Now in her sixth season at Tufts, head coach Courtney Shute has the Jumbo women's lacrosse program among the top 20 teams in the nation on an annual basis. Her team finished last season at 13-5, the most wins the program has seen since 2009. They also made it to the second round of the NCAA Championship for the first time since 2015. Tufts finished the 2018 season ranked 13th in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) poll.
After narrowly missing an NCAA Tournament berth in 2014, Shute's first season, the Jumbos advanced to the NCAA Round of 16 in 2015 and were a nationally-ranked team throughout 2016 and 2017 as well. The 2015 team earned the program's first NCAA berth since 2011 and won a second-round game at Messiah 14-7. In the very competitive New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), Tufts advanced to the conference championship semi-final also for the first time since 2011 that year. The Jumbos won nine games in 2016 and 10 in 2017 as a young roster recruited to Tufts by Coach Shute continued to emerge.
The three members of the 2018 Tufts women's lacrosse team who were named IWLCA Division III All-Americans - Dakota Adamec, Annie Sullivan and Hedy Veith - represented the most for the Jumbos since the 2009 season. Tri-captain Caroline Nowak was on the Division III North roster for the IWLCA 2018 Senior All-Star Game last spring. Seven Tufts players were named to the IWLCA All-Region teams, the most in the Pilgrim Region with Middlebury College next at six. Adamec earned NESCAC Player of the Year honors. The 2017 Jumbos featured the top freshman player in the country as Emily Games was the lone first-year on the IWLCA All-America Teams. NESCAC's Rookie of the Year, she was second in the league with 49 goals and fourth in overall scoring with 64 points. Games was one of three Tufts players named to the IWLCA All-Region squad that spring.
Coach Shute's Jumbos are also consistently one of the top academic teams in the nation as the IWLCA recognizes Tufts as an Academic Honor Squad regularly. The team is also actively involved in community service. In June 2016 Coach Shute took the Jumbos on a service trip to Jamaica organized by the Lacrosse Volunteer Corps, a sports charity program of Fields of Growth International in the USA.
Shute had previously been part of the SUNY Cortland coaching staff under head coach Kathy Taylor from 2010-13. She was promoted from assistant to Associate Head Coach in fall 2012. During her tenure, the Red Dragons played in three consecutive NCAA "Final Fours" from 2011-2013. They compiled an outstanding 62-6 overall record during Shute's three seasons for a .912 winning percentage. She also earned a Master's of Science degree in Sports Management while at Cortland.
The all-time leading scorer in Cornell University history, Coach Shute was inducted into the Cornell University Athletics Hall of Fame in September. She played for the Big Red from 2005-08 and led the team in scoring for each of her four seasons to finish with 213 career points on 122 goals and 91 assists. She was an IWLCA All-American, a four-time All-Ivy pick, and three times an All-Region honoree.
Shute is a 2008 graduate of Cornell, where she earned a bachelor's degree in applied economics and management. She immediately went into coaching, serving as an assistant at Division I American University for the 2009 season. She was then an assistant for the 2010 Ivy League runners-up at Dartmouth College.
A member of the United States Development Team from 2006-08, Shute founded and directs teamthirteen, a women's lacrosse specialty company which focuses on the development of fundamental skills and teamwork in girls and young women. She also spends summers working the top college recruiting showcases and instructional camps.
Shute became the sixth head coach of Jumbo Women's Lacrosse since the program was founded in 1975. Originally from Fayetteville, New York, she is a 2004 graduate of Fayetteville-Manlius High School.
In January 2017 Courtney married Sarah Shute, the associate head field hockey coach at Boston University. They reside in Waltham.
Lee comes to Williams after coaching six years in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). The last two years Lee was an assistant coach at Middlebury College and the four years before Middlebury she was an assistant coach at Amherst College.
"I am quite pleased with the hiring of Alice Lee as the next head women's lacrosse coach at Williams," stated Melendy. "She comes to us with a distinguished coaching pedigree, having been an assistant at some of the top Division III programs in the country. The committee was impressed with her evident passion for coaching and the game of lacrosse, as well as her plan for beginning the next chapter of Williams women's lacrosse. It is clear that following coaching legend Chris Mason is a big job, but I believe Alice is up to the challenge and well positioned to do so. I would like to thank the search committee for their time and thoughtful consideration during this process."
"I am incredibly grateful to Lisa Melendy and the entire search committee for the opportunity to lead the Williams women's lacrosse program and I am honored to follow in the footsteps of Chris Mason," said Lee. "Chris has done an outstanding job of creating a highly competitive program, along with developing the many talented athletes who have adorned the purple and gold. I am excited to continue building upon that solid foundation and to connect with the Williams women's lacrosse family."
"Williams is a special place," added Lee. "It is invigorating to be a part of a vibrant community that is ever-evolving, and one that is actively committed to growth and innovation. I am eager to work within this framework and to grow with all members of the Williams College community."
While coaching at Middlebury (2015-17) Lee helped guide the Panthers to the 2016 NESCAC and NCAA titles and was named the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Association (IWLCA) Division III National Assistant Coach of the Year.
Lee was also a primary recruiter at Middlebury as well as being involved in many athletic department programs and projects including serving as an advisor to the Student Athlete Advisory Council and helping organize the first Staff Fest Celebration.
For four years before arriving at Middlebury Lee was an assistant coach at Amherst College (2011-15), while also pursuing an M.S. in Sport Management at the University of Massachusetts (2015).
While Lee was at Amherst the Mammoths' 2014 team advanced to the NCAA Final Four and the 2012 team advanced to the Sweet 16. Lee was a primary recruiter for the Mammoths and supported the athletic department on The Diversity and Inclusion Committee and advising the Student Athlete Advisory Council.
Lee began her intercollegiate coaching career with a two-year stint as assistant coach at Buffalo State University (2009-2011). Both years Lee was at Buffalo State the Bengals advanced to the semifinals of the SUNYAC Tournament and the 2011 team climbed to 19th in the IWLCA national poll.
Lee played goalie collegiately at Central Connecticut State University, where she was a two-time captain, three-time all-conference selection, voted outstanding teammate, and most valuable player.
She is the current record holder of five Central Connecticut State records and an NCAA Division I stats leader in three categories.
Lee graduated from Central Connecticut State University in 2009 with a B.S. in Management and a concentration in Entrepreneurship.