July 8, 2016
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University Women's Lacrosse Head Coach Ricky Fried announced the hiring of Danielle Etrasco as an assistant coach on Thursday. Etrasco comes to the Hilltop from Army West Point where she was an assistant for two seasons.
"I am very excited to welcome Danielle to the Hilltop," said Fried. "She will infuse energy into our program with her passion, knowledge and drive. Danielle is a great teacher of the game who has competed at the highest level and is a proven winner."
Army West Point became the Academy's 28th varsity sport and competed at the NCAA Division I level as a member of the Patriot League for the 2016 season. The Black Knights went 5-12 overall including a three-game win streak early in the season.
Etrasco helped oversee Army West Point's final year at the club level, as the Black Knights played to an 8-3 overall record and appeared in the championship game of the New England Women's Lacrosse League Tournament. During the season, she worked primarily with the offense.
Etrasco spent the 2013-14 academic year at Virginia Tech, where she served as an assistant under Head Coach Megan Burker. While in Blacksburg, Va., Etrasco worked primarily with the Hokies' attack, helping produce an All-ACC first team player and working to improve the team's scoring output from 177 goals in 2013 to 192 goals in 2014.
In her role at Virginia Tech, Etrasco also served as the team's student-athlete academic liaison and was responsible for developing practice plans, breaking down video and coordinating travel.
Prior to her time at Virginia Tech, Etrasco enjoyed a standout playing career as an attacker at Boston University. Along with serving as team captain as a junior and senior, Etrasco led the Terriers in scoring during her sophomore, junior and senior campaigns, including team bests of 79 points, 59 goals and 20 assists as a senior.
Additionally, she was named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List in 2013, as one of the top college players in the nation.
A two-time Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-American, Etrasco earned IWLCA All-Northeast Region first team and All-America East Conference first team honors in each of her final three seasons at Boston University.
In the summer of 2011, Etrasco was invited to join the United States National Team, eventually earning a spot on the 2013 World Cup squad. Etrasco won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2013 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Cup in Oshawa, Ontario, totaling 17 goals and three assists in seven games during the tournament.
In 2016, she was selected as the 28th overall pick in the first-ever United Women's Lacrosse League draft going to the Boston Storm. She is currently one of the scoring leaders in the league.
A native of Massapequa, N.Y., Etrasco also served in a coaching capacity with the Long Island Liberty Lacrosse program in Manhasset, N.Y., and at the Around the Crease lacrosse camp in Boston, Mass.
Etrasco earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in hospitality administration from Boston University in 2013.
"It is difficult to describe how excited I am to work with Coach Fried, his staff and players," said Etrasco. "Ricky has built an impressive program in 12 years, which I am eager to learn from and hope to add to. Georgetown University has a tremendous history and I am honored to be a part of such a successful program that excels both academically and athletically."