Roxbury Native coaches Saint Rose to title
The College of Saint Rose Women’s Soccer team, coached by Roxbury native Laurie Darling Gutheil, won the 2011 NCAA Division II National Championship game on December 3 in Pensacola, Florida.
The win was the first team national championship of any kind in the Saint Rose College’s history. The College of Saint Rose is located in Albany.
The girls first had to get by a talented team from Armstrong College in Georgia on December 1 in the NCAA semifinals with a 2-0 win. Then Saint Rose turned the tables on Grand Valley on Saturday when sophomore Carmelina Puopolo scored two goals in the second half of the final match. The Golden Knights of Saint Rose beat two-time defending champion Grand Valley State from Michigan 2-1.
Saint Rose has been building toward the national title since head coach Laurie Darling Gutheil took charge 15 years ago. Gutheil’s team has been to the NCAA soccer tournament nine times in the last 10 years including four straight Division II final four appearances.
Laurie’s family who went to Florida included her father, Larry, her mother, Jeanne, and brothers, Jeffrey of Schenevus and Christopher of Roxbury.