Bridget Looney, a 2009 graduate of Syracuse, joined the Harvard coaching staff in August 2010. She was a two-time captain for Orangewomen and came to Cambridge after serving as an assistant coach at St. Mary’s.
Over her first three years with Looney on staff, Harvard boasted consecutive appearances in the Ivy League Tournament in 2011-12, including a trip to the championship game in 2011, four wins over top-20 teams, 12 All-Ivy League selections, an overall record of 22-24 and a 12-9 mark in the Ancient Eight.
In 2013, the squad earned four all-Ivy League honors, including a first-team nod to Micaela Cyr '13. Kyleigh Keating ranked 28th in the country with 3.79 draw controls per game, as the Crimson was 19th in the nation as a team in that statistical category (13.57).
In stark contrast to the previous season, Harvard's strength in 2012 laid in its defense. The Crimson finished the year ranked fourth in the NCAA in scoring defense (7.81) while freshman goalkeeper Kelly Weis '15 posted the third-best goals against average (7.63) and 14th-best save percentage (.474) in the country. Harvard held 12 of its 16 opponents to under 10 goals, while five opponents scored five or fewer goals. As a result, seven Crimson were named to the All-Ivy League teams, including unanimous first team selection Ellen Gleason '12, representing the most All-Ivy picks for the team since 1990.
Harvard posted its best overall (10-6) and conference (4-2) records since 1994 in 2011. The Crimson advanced to the Ivy League Championship game after knocking off No. 10 Dartmouth in the semifinal game. Harvard handed Princeton a lost on its home turf for the first time since 1991. The win over the Tigers also marked the first back-to-back wins over Princeton since 1991-92. Harvard also picked up its first win over the Big Green since 1994. The Crimson made five second-half comeback wins and fell in three others by a single goal. Five Crimson players earned a spot on the All-Ivy League teams and three were named All-Northeast region.
Looney founded Looneypalooza Lacrosse Camp, a camp for girls ages 8-17. In 2006, she worked with Warriors Lacrosse in Australia as a coach, instructing, motivating and organizing players ages 8-35.
Looney helped Syracuse to two Big East Championships. She broke the school record for caused turnovers in a game and career caused turnovers and earned second-team All-Big East honors as a senior. She was a peer leader and member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee.