Maura Conant is entering her sixth year as the women’s lacrosse coach at Franciscan University. Conant has been with the Franciscan women’s lacrosse program since it began in 2012.
During her tenure, the Lady Barons are 23-48, after a 9-7 2017 campaign, setting the program’s single-season win record. Also under Conant’s direction, the women's lacrosse team to five-straight IWLCA team academic awards and had 10 players named to the IWLS All-Academic Team over the last five seasons.
In 2017, the Lady Barons won the inaugural AMCC showcase after earning the top seed in the showcase. Franciscan defeated Hilbert 17-16 in the showcase title game after earning a bye for the first round. The Lady Barons played very well at home during the season as Franciscan went 6-1 on Memorial Field. Over that span, the Lady Barons won five-straight games and outscored opponents 107-61 at home.
For the year, the Lady Barons posted 203 goals and averaged 12.69 goals per game in 2017. Junior Mary Krolicki became the second Lady Barons to reach 100 goals for her career.
In 2016 FUS finished 8-5, their second-best season in the books. That year marked Franciscan’s first 100-goal scorer, Tracy McClelland, who finished her career with 115 goals and 19 assists.
Conant grew up in Stirling, N.J., and played field hockey for four years during high school. While attending The County College at Morris in New Jersey, she taught physical education for grades K-12 from 2005-2008 at Koinonia Academy in Plainfield, N.J. In 2006, Conant established two girls’ club field hockey teams at the academy and coached them for two years.
Conant transferred Franciscan University in 2008 and, earning a BA in history and MA in counseling.
Conant is also a coach with True Lacrosse Pittsburgh, a Pittsburgh area youth and high school club lacrosse program.