For Immediate Release


December 14, 2006


Denis Chartier Named Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach at Rhode Island College


Providence, RI—Rhode Island College has named Denis Chartier as its new head women’s lacrosse coach. Chartier takes over Ryan Angel who stepped down in the summer to take an assistant women’s soccer coach’s position at Brandeis University. Chartier is the third coach in the program’s six-year history.


“The women’s lacrosse head coaching position is a great opportunity for me personally,” said Chartier. “I look forward to taking the lacrosse program to the next step and competing for a conference title.”


     Chartier is also RIC’s head women’s soccer coach. In his first season this past fall, Chartier led his charges to an overall record of 14-8, including a 3-4-0 mark in the Little East Conference. He established a new benchmark for wins in a single-season, adding four to the previous standard. Chartier also set the single-season record for most consecutive victories, registering nine straight wins between Sept. 9 and Oct. 4, 2006. The Anchorwomen earned their first berth into the Eastern College Athletic Conference New England Division III Tournament.


     “Coaching both programs gives me a great opportunity to mentor my student-athletes,” said Chartier.


     Rhode Island College returns eight student-athletes, including seven upperclassmen, from last season’s 3-13 squad. The Anchorwomen welcome back five of their top six scorers led by senior forward Caitlin Gavin (Portsmouth, RI). The three-time Little East All-Conference selection led the nation in ground balls per game (6.31), while ranking second in goals per game (6.06) and third in points per game (6.69).