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Two-Time All-American Lidia Sanza Joins Yale Staff

Two-Time All-American Lidia Sanza Joins Yale Staff

Goalkeeper Won a Pair of NCAA Championships at Franklin & Marshall

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Lidia Sanza, who won a pair of NCAA Championships at Franklin & Marshall, has joined the Yale women's lacrosse coaching staff. A two-time All-American goalkeeper, Sanza will work with Yale's defense and goalies.

Sanza graduated from F&M this past May with a B.A. in business and Spanish. As a freshman and sophomore she played for Anne Phillips, Yale's Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Lacrosse.

"I have known Lidia ever since I recruited her to Franklin & Marshall in 2006 and I am thrilled to have her join our staff as a coach," Phillips said. "The experience she gained in winning two NCAA Championships at F&M while also earning two All-America selections is invaluable. She will be a great mentor for our defense and goalkeepers."

Sanza was rookie goalkeeper of the year in 2007, when she and Phillips were part of a 21-0 NCAA Championship season for Franklin & Marshall. Sanza was All-American that season and again in 2009, when F&M won another NCAA Championship. The Diplomats were NCAA runners-up in 2008. Sanza capped her career in 2010 by earning the IWLCA's C. Markland Kelly Award as Goalie of the Year.

A four-time All-Centennial Conference selection, two-time Goalkeeper of the Year and two-time team captain, Sanza earned Franklin & Marshall's Female Athlete of the Year Award in 2010. She was vice president of F&M's Athletic Advisory Committee from 2007 through 2010.

Sanza represented Franklin & Marshall at the Snell-Shillingford Coaching Symposium this past January and at the NCAA Leadership Conference in 2009. She worked multiple camps while at F&M.

Off the field in 2010, Sanza volunteered at Wharton Elementary School. She was also a student representative on Franklin & Marshall's 40 Years of Coeducation Committee. From 2006 through 2008 she was on the Traditions committee of the Blue and White Society.

A native of Cockeysville, Md., Sanza attended St. Paul's School for Girls. She was a Tewaaraton high school All-American in 2006.

All three of Yale's assistant coaches -- Sanza, Jill Byers and Jordan Trautman -- were All-Americans in college.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity