Allison Comito enters her sixth season as head women's lacrosse coach in 2011. The America East Coach of the Year in 2007, Comito has produced 12 All-Conference athletes during her tenure. She returns a strong nucleus of players, including 11 out of 12 starters from last season, that will compete for the program's first-ever America East championship.
In 2010, Comito's young squad, which featured only two seniors, competed strong against tough opponents and came away with convincing victories over Duquesne and Massachusetts. Junior Melissa Cook led the team in goal scoring, and Justyne Passarelli was named to the America East All-Rookie team for her outstanding defensive play.
In 2009, Comito had two second-team All-Conference players, including Stony Brook great Kaitlin Leggio, the program's all-time leading scorer.
Comito led Stony Brook to a 9-6 record including wins over rivals Binghamton and Albany and the program's first victory over Hofstra to cap the 2008 season. Five players earned all-conference honors including the selection Leggio to the first team for the third straight year.
The 2007 season was marked by unprecedented success as the team went 13-4 and won the conference's regular season championship with a 5-1 mark. Under Comito's guidance, seven players were named to All-America East honors including Leggio's selection as the Player of the Year. Comito was rewarded for her effort with Coach of the Year accolades.
In 2006, Comito reshaped the Seawolves as interim head coach, going 9-9 in her first season and in doing so, guided Leggio to America East Rookie of the Year honors, a first in the program's history.
In addition to her duties at Stony Brook, Comito spent the early part of the summer of 2009 as an assistant coach with the inaugural Irish women's lacrosse team at the World Cup in the Czech Republic. Comito, alongside Leggio, guided Ireland to a 6-1 record and a fifth-place finish.
Prior to joining Stony Brook, Comito spent three years as a teaching assistant at the North Shore Middle School in Glen Head, N.Y., while serving as the varsity girls assistant coach.
As a player, Comito enjoyed a standout career at the University of Maryland as one of its best players in school history. Comito amassed 176 goals and 89 assists in her four years at Maryland and is fourth all-time in goals scored. A two-time first-team All-America and three-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection, Comito was part of four consecutive national championships at Maryland along with lacrosse greats Quinn Carney, Christie Jenkins and Jen Adams, arguably the best women's lacrosse player ever. As a senior, she scored the game-winning goal with eight seconds left in double overtime to give the Terrapins a 14-13 win over Georgetown in front of 7,000 fans at Johns Hopkins in the national championship game.
Prior to graduating from Maryland in July of 2002 with a degree in sociology, Comito served as an undergraduate assistant at her alma mater, creating offensive plays, one-on-one sessions with players and coordinating team travel.
Comito is a native of Glen Head, N.Y., and was a star athlete at North Shore High School, where she was named a lacrosse All-American as a senior.
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