HIRAM, OHIO — Hiram College officially announced the hiring of Erika Blozie as the first women’s lacrosse coach today (Monday, Aug. 22). Blozie comes to Hiram following a five-year stay at Stevenson (Md.) University where she served as assistant lacrosse coach and head women’s field hockey coach. The Terrier women’s lacrosse team will begin varsity competition in the spring of 2013.
Blozie is a 2005 graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University with a bachelor of science degree in health and physical education, Blozie spent three seasons as an assistant with the Warriors from 2005-07 while earning her master of science degree in allied health from the University of Connecticut in 2007. During that time, Eastern Connecticut State won two Little East Conference championships in 2005 and 2007 and advanced to the NCAA Division III Women’s Lacrosse Championship both years.
From 2001-04, Blozie played four seasons as a goalie at Eastern Connecticut State where she still holds six of the seven career records for goalies including games, wins, saves and goals against average. As a member of the Warriors, she started all 71 of the team’s games during her career, totaling 46 wins, 708 saves and an 8.47 goal against average.
A two-time Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA)/US Lacrosse All-New England Region Second Team selection, Blozie was selected to the IWLCA North-South Senior All-Star Game and was named to the IWLCA Academic Squad in 2004. She was also a two-time All-Little East Conference selection, earning first team honors in 2002.
As a sophomore in 2002, Blozie led the Warriors to the ECAC Division III New England Region tournament, the first of three-straight appearances, where she earned Most Valuable Player honors after winning a school record 15 games, 185 saves and a 7.67 goals against average, the second-best in team history in 1,158 minutes, two shy of the school record.
A team captain in 2003 and 2004, Blozie also won a NEWLA South Division regular-season title as a freshman in 2001.
In 2007, Blozie served as an admissions assistant at the Bradford School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania before serving as the assistant women’s lacrosse coach at Bowdoin in Brunswick, Maine in 2008.