Kadlowec steps down as Barton women’s lacrosse head coach

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Despite a pronounced improvement over its debut season in 2017, the Barton women’s lacrosse team is losing its coach.

The NCAA Division II school announced Friday that Brit Kadlowec resigned as head coach, effective immediately. No reason was specified for Kadlowec’s departure. Barton men’s lacrosse coach Warren Shumate, currently in the process of building a roster for the Bulldogs’ debut season in the spring of 2019, was tabbed as the interim coach for the remainder of the season.

“Barton College is appreciative of Coach Kadlowec’s contributions and we wish him well,” said Todd Wilkinson, Barton’s director of athletics, in a release from the school. “The search for a new head coach will begin immediately. I am confident that Barton College will attract highly qualified candidates.”

Kadlowec, who was charged with building the program when he was hired in January 2016, guided the Lady Bulldogs to a 5-7 mark so far this season, including a 3-4 record in Conference Carolinas matches. That represented a significant upgrade from Barton’s 2-10 finish overall and 1-9 record in league matches in its first season in 2017. The Lady Bulldogs, who finished 10th out of 11 teams in Conference Carolinas last season, are currently tied for sixth place with Emmanuel. Limestone, which sits atop Conference Carolinas, is ranked No. 8 nationally

Barton goalie Katherine Mattena ranks third in the league in saves with 106 while attacker Angelina Scarpa is tied for third in the conference with 21 assists.

However, a recent spate of injuries has left the Lady Bulldogs with just eight available players, four fewer than a typical starting lineup. Thus, Barton was forced to cancel Saturday’s scheduled match against Emmanuel at Barton Outdoor Athletic Complex.

“Student-athlete welfare comes first,” said Wilkinson. “In not being able to field a team of at least 10 players, we would put our remaining healthy players at considerable risk of injury to themselves. I know our players are disappointed they will not have the opportunity to play. They have shown great resolve and strength in battling through a number of matches short-handed already this year. However, in consideration of their safety, I made the difficult decision to cancel Saturday’s match.”

Although it will be considered a no-contest by NCAA rules, because it is a league match, Conference Carolinas could charge Barton with a loss and give Emmanuel a win. No decision has been announced by the conference.

Barton has two more regular-season matches on the schedule, both at home. The Lady Bulldogs will host North Greenville on Friday, April 20, at 7 p.m. and face Converse on Saturday, April 21, at 2 p.m.