Seventh-year head coach George Chis-Luca has transformed a successful Philadelphia University women’s lacrosse into a dominant force in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC)
In six seasons at the helm of the program, Chis-Luca—the 2011 and 2014 CACC Coach of the Year—has an overall record of 67-40, including a 51-15 mark against the conference, won two CACC championships, and reached the championship match in four of the six CACC Tournaments.
The 2014 campaign was the best season in the program’s history as the Rams went 17-1 overall, led Division II in scoring offense (17.56 goals per match), earned their first NCAA North Region ranking, and won their second CACC championship. Libby Nichols and Melissa Styer were named to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division II Third Team All-Americans and invited to participate in the North-South Senior All-Star Game. Philadelphia landed six players on the All-CACC team, including Nichols as the player of the year.
The Rams posted a 14-5 record and reached the final of the CACC Tournament in 2013. Philadelphia landed eight players on the All-CACC team, including three first team selections. Liz Mower was tabbed as the CACC rookie of the year.
In 2012, Philadelphia went 8-10 overall and earned the third seed for the CACC Tournament. Emily Ray, Caribeth Shappell, and Taylor Peltzer were named to the All-CACC first team, while defender Andrea Saracco was a second-team selection. Shappell and Saracco were selected to play in the IWLCA North-South Senior All-Star Game. In the classroom, the Rams posted a team GPA of 3.36, the third-best in Division II.
The Rams went 11-7 overall and reached the championship game of the CACC Tournament during the 2011 season. Seven players represented Philadelphia on the all-CACC team, including Shappell being selected as the conference’s player of the year.
The 2010 season saw Philadelphia post 7-11 overall mark and secure the fourth seed in the CACC Tournament. All-CACC first team selection Kathryn Maurer participated in the IWLCA North-South Senior All-Star Game.
The Rams enjoyed great success in Chis-Luca’s first season with the program. Philadelphia won the inaugural CACC championship and placed four players on the CACC All-Tournament team, including Shappell as the tournament MVP. Goalkeeper Katherine Sullivan was selected as the conference player of the year.
Before arriving at Philadelphia University, Chis-Luca was the head boy’s lacrosse coach at Northern Burlington High School during the 2007 and 2008 seasons. The Greyhounds posted a 12-5 record in 2008—a 10-win improvement over the previous season—and won the division title. He also served as the head JV football coach and assistant varsity football coach at Northern Burlington from 2006 until 2008.
Chis-Luca, a 2004 graduate from Rowan University—where he founded the school's ice hockey club in 2001—with a degree in health and physical education, is a physical education teacher at the New Grange School in Princeton, N.J. He previously held that title at Northern Burlington and Ocean Avenue Elementary School. At Ocean Avenue, he was named the teacher of the year.