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Pace Women’s Lacrosse Team Invited to White House

June 9, 2023
Pace University Women's Lacrosse Team Celebrating National Championship

Team Wins Division II National Championship

Marks first time in school history

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden have invited Pace University’s women’s lacrosse team to the White House on Monday, June 12, to celebrate the team's 2023 NCAA national championship.

The Setters will be among many from the NCAA men's and women's national championship teams from across the country being recognized on the South Lawn of the White House as part of "College Athlete Day."

“We were incredibly honored to receive the invitation to the White House to commemorate our NCAA Championship team,” said Head Coach Tricia Molfetta, who is in her sixth year with the team. “This has been a year of so many firsts for our program and this feels like the most fitting ending to our once-in-a-lifetime season. When I first told the team they were invited, they were beyond excited and filled with emotion. This opportunity means so much to us and our Pace family.”

“I couldn’t be prouder of the national champions of our women’s lacrosse team,” said Pace President Marvin Krislov. “These outstanding student athletes embody the Pace go-getter spirit. We are excited for this historic accomplishment, and honored to celebrate it with President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden, and student athletes from across the nation. This is a fitting recognition – one they will no doubt remember for a lifetime.”

Pace University women's lacrosse team last month completed its historic season with a National Championship, defeating No. 1 ranked West Chester University 19-9 on May 21 in Indianapolis to win the first title in program history. The 19 goals scored by The Setters were the most-ever scored in a DII Women's Lacrosse championship game, and they are the first NCAA collegiate team in Westchester County to win a National Championship.

The Setters, who finished the season ranked No. 1 in the nation with a 21-2 record, won a staggering 17 games against ranked opponents during the 2023 season, including a Golden Rams team that came into the National Championship game a perfect 22-0 on the year.

About Pace University

Since 1906, Pace University has been transforming the lives of its diverse students—academically, professionally, and socioeconomically. With campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, Pace offers bachelor, master, and doctoral degree programs to 13,600 students in its College of Health Professions, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, Lubin School of Business, School of Education, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

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