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CU lacrosse’s Ann Elliott Whidden announces coaching staff additions

University of Colorado lacrosse coach Ann Elliott Whidden has announced the additions of Nicole Levy and Carly Cox to her staff. Levy will serve as an assistant coach, while Cox will be the director for player development.

“The addition of Carly and Nicole is exciting for me,” Whidden said. “I think we have one of the most dynamic and creative staffs in the country and I am really looking forward to us all working together this year to help take our program to that next level!”

Levy joins the CU staff after finishing up her four-year collegiate career at Syracuse. She recorded 81 assists in that time, which is eighth in Syracuse history. She also finished her career 10th on the school’s all-time points chart with 222, and was just the 10th player in program history to reach 200 career points. Levy was named to the Tewaaraton Watch List three times, earned all-region honors four times (twice on the first team and twice on the second team) and was selected to the All-ACC second team as a senior.

In 2019, she started in all 21 games for the Orange and totaled 29 goals and 27 assists for 56 points. Levy ranked second on the team as a junior with 51 points and 41 goals, and as a sophomore, she totaled 25 goals and 22 assists for 47 points.

Cox is no stranger to CU as she played four seasons for the Buffs (2015-18) and spent the 2019 campaign on the sidelines as the graduate assistant coach. A starter in 74 of 76 games played, Cox recorded 92 goals, 63 assists, 60 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers. She recorded 44 points her junior and senior campaigns, with a career-high 32 goals in 2018. Of the attacker’s 59 shots her senior year, 47 were on goal for a .797 shots on goal percentage. As a junior, she recorded 27 goals and 17 assists.

Over the course of her four seasons with the Buffs, she helped the team record a 54-22 (.711), which included an impressive 28-5 mark in Boulder. The Buffs were a perfect 8-0 during her junior season and compiled a 7-0 mark her senior year. Throughout three seasons, the Buffs recorded 19 consecutive wins in Boulder, which tied the fifth longest streak in NCAA history.