Lyndsey Boswell was hired in 2009 as High Point University’s first head women’s lacrosse coach and has been the architect of the Panthers’ swift rise to a championship-winning league power.
Boswell has led the Panthers to five conference championships in the program’s first seven seasons (2011-14, 2017) and guided HPU to the program’s first two NCAA Tournament appearances in 2013 and 2014.
Then came 2017, which was the best year yet, as Boswell led the Panthers to a 16-4 record and High Point University’s first-ever NCAA Tournament win in any sport with a 21-15 victory over No. 18 Towson. 2017 also included a school-record 16 consecutive victories, the Big South regular season title with an undefeated 7-0 record and a 19-5 win over Campbell in the Big South Championship final.
The 2017 Panthers had eight all-conference selections, including Samantha Brown (offensive) and Christina Del Sesto (defensive), who earned Big South Player of the Year honors. High Point broke the single-season team records for wins (16), points (480), goals (314), goals per game (15.7), assists (166), shots (711), shots on goal (516) and caused turnovers (245). For her efforts, Boswell was named Big South Coach of the Year.
Boswell has been named the conference coach of the year four times in her career, including three out of the last four years in the Big South.
Under Boswell’s tutelage, the Panthers have compiled a 91-43 (.679) record, including a 45-5 mark (.900) in conference play. HPU won NLC championship titles in 2011 and 2012 and captured the Big South Championship crown in 2013, 2014 and 2017.
During the program’s seven seasons, 44 Panthers have earned all-conference accolades, while 10 student-athletes have garnered conference player of the year honors (offensive or defensive).
HPU’s ascension to the national level was a quick one. Boswell joined High Point University in June 2009 and began building the program. The Panthers won 15 games in their first season of 2011, a record for a first-year Div. I program, then won 15 games again in 2012. The Panthers made it to the NCAA Tournament in 2013 and 2014.
The 2013 season was the first for women’s lacrosse in the Big South Conference and marked the first time HPU was playing for an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. HPU went 6-1 in league play, earning the No. 2 seed to the Big South Tournament, where the High Point beat Davidson in the championship game. The Panthers faced Loyola in their first-ever NCAA Tournament game. High Point featured six All-Big South selections, including Defensive Player of the Year Jasmine Jordan.
Heading into the NCAA Tournament, High Point had a 14-5 record in 2014 and won the Big South regular season with a 7-0 mark. Jordan was named Defensive Player of the Year once again and Mackenzie Carroll was named Big South Offensive Player of the Year.
HPU’s trips to the national tournament were no surprise after the program’s quick start. Boswell assembled a squad of 18 freshmen and six transfer students and led the team to a 15-4 record in 2011. The Panthers won the National Lacrosse Conference (NLC) Tournament, defeating top-seed Jacksonville in overtime in the championship game. Boswell was named NLC Coach of the Year and Grace Gaeng was named NLC Player of the Year.
In 2012, the Panthers went 15-4 again despite playing a much tougher non-conference schedule. High Point beat both Navy and Oregon, which won their respective conferences and advanced to an NCAA play-in game. The Panthers won the NLC regular season with a 7-0 record. HPU featured NLC Co-Player of the Year and Attacker of the Year Mackenzie Carroll, Midfielder of the Year Christie Dougherty and Goalie of the Year Anna Wallingford.
Boswell came to High Point after three seasons as head coach at St. Andrews University, where she molded a fledgling program into a contender in the NCAA Div. II Conference Carolinas. The Knights improved from six wins in her first season of 2007 to a program-record seven wins in 2008 and another program-record 11 wins in 2009.
The Knights’ 11-8 overall record and 7-5 conference record in 2009 marked the first winning records in program history. The team advanced to the Conference Carolinas semifinals twice. In each of Boswell’s final two seasons, St. Andrews set program records for goals, assists, points, draw controls and caused turnovers. In 2009, St. Andrews saw attack Kerrie Brown named its first-ever NCAA Div. II All-American in women’s lacrosse.
Prior to St. Andrews, Boswell spent two seasons as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Pfeiffer University, where she assisted in all aspects of the program. In her two seasons at Pfeiffer, Boswell coached three All-Americans, five All-Region players, five All-Conference players and a Murphy Osborne winner (the conference’s highest individual award). The Lady Falcons won the conference title in 2005 and boasted the best GPA in NCAA Div. II.
As a student-athlete at Pfeiffer from 2000-04, Boswell was a two-time IWLCA first-team All-American, four-time womenslacrosse.com All-American and was Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference Player of the Year in 2004. She led the nation in points and goals per game in 2002 and, over her four seasons, garnered National Player of the Week honors six times and was a three-time All-Region selection. As a team captain, Boswell helped lead Pfeiffer to a CVAC Championship in 2004 and set the program records in points, goals and assists. She was named Pfeiffer Athlete of the Year twice.
Boswell is the founder and director of All-Star Lax Camps, which holds camps year-round in North Carolina, Maryland and New York. Boswell earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services at Pfeiffer in 2005.
Caroline Margolis, PLC Coach
Caroline Margolis joined the Panther women's lacrosse program as an assistant coach in September 2017.
Margolis came to High Point after serving as an assistant coach at MIT for the 2017 season. She focused mainly on the draw and offensive units. She also spent the 2017 United Women's Lacrosse season with the Baltimore Ride as a midfielder.
Margolis was a standout member of the Boston College program from 2012-16 and was a member of four NCAA Tournament teams, including the first-ever BC squad to reach the NCAA quarterfinals in 2014. She was team captain her senior year and was named to the Tewaarton Award Watch List in 2015. She was named to the IWLCA All-Northeast Region and All-ACC Second Teams in 2015.
She graduated with a double degree in economics and applied psychology & human development from Boston College in 2016.
Kelly McQuilkin, PLC Coach
Kelly McQuilkin joined the HPU women's lacrosse program as an assistant coach in August 2017.
McQuilkin comes to HPU after being a three-year defensive starter for the nationally-ranked Towson squad that faced the Panthers in the 2017 NCAA Touranment. She marked up on opposing team’s key offensive players, served as the Tigers’ team captain for 2017 and was selected to play in the 2017 IWLCA North-South Senior All-Star Game.
McQuilkin served as the defensive coordinator of the Hero’s Tournament Lacross Club 2021 Green squad from 2014-17 and worked as a private lacrosse coach from 2014.
She graduated Cum Laude from Towson in 2017 with a degree in business administration and finance.
Lauren Donovan, PLC Coach
Lauren Donovan joined PLC’s coaching staff in May of 2018. Prior to joining our staff, Lauren has been a head coach at Hickory High School (Hickory, NC) and Forsyth Country Day School, where she also serves as the assistant athletic director. She attended Lenoir-Rhyne University, receiving her B.A. in Education while playing soccer and lacrosse for the Bears. In her time at LR, she became the lacrosse team’s all-time leader in points and was the program’s first All-Region and All American player.