Head Coach of Field Hockey
Alix Barrale ’93 begins her 13th season as the head coach
of the Williams’ field hockey program after successfully
leading the Ephs to the NCAA Tournament in seven of 12 seasons.
In that span, Williams has compiled a 128-76 mark (.627) and appeared in the championship game of the NESCAC six times, winning three NESCAC titles (2001, 2002, 2004).
Barrale’s Eph teams have a 16-7 (.696) record in NESCAC Tournament play and a 5-7 mark in the NCAA Tournament, advancing the Elite 8 round twice. Barrale was named the NESCAC Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2004 and the NFHCA New England Region’s Coach of the Year in 2002. In addition, the Ephs have won four Little 3 titles in that span and shared another.
Barrale has coached 17 All-Americans at Williams.
Prior to returning to Williams, Barrale served as the head field hockey coach and head women's lacrosse coach at Denison University. In her last two years Barrale guided Denison to a 30-10 mark with a record of 16-4 in her final season, (12-0 in North Coast Athletic Conference play). Barrale's Denison teams were 20-2 in NCAC play her final two years
Barrale played field hockey and lacrosse at Williams under her current assistant coach, Chris Mason. Barrale was the all-time leader in points for the Ephs at the time of her graduation, earned All-American honors and was invited to the U.S. Olympic "A" Training Camp.
Barrale also serves as the assistant coach to Mason in women’s lacrosse after serving as the interim head women’s lacrosse coach for one season (2000).
Assistant Field Hockey Coach
Chris Mason came to Williams in 1980 after guiding the Boston
University field hockey and lacrosse teams from club sports to
After taking a sabbatical during the 2000-01 academic year, Mason decided to give up her head coaching duties in field hockey to concentrate on lacrosse, but she remains an assistant in field hockey.
In 1983 and 1984 Mason was on leave from the Eph field hockey team competing for the U.S. Olympic field hockey team and she also missed the 1982-85 lacrosse seasons.
Mason graduated from Penn State in 1978 with a bachelor's of science in physical education and in 1986 she received a Master's in education from Boston University. From 1977-1984 she was a member of the U.S. Field Hockey Team and she was named to the 1980 and 1984 U.S. Olympic teams.
The 1984 U. S. Olympic field hockey team won a bronze medal in Los Angeles. In 1989 Mason was inducted into the U.S. Field Hockey Hall of Fame.
Two of Mason's Eph lacrosse teams have recorded undefeated seasons – 1990 (13-0) and 1996 (15-0). Four times in the 1990s (1990, 1993, 1996 & 1999) Mason directed the Ephs to the ECAC New England title.
Her 1998 and 2000 Eph teams finished second in the NCAA Tournament.
Her undefeated 1996 Williams lacrosse team was inducted into the International Scholar-Athlete Hall of Fame in 2003.
|Mary Clare Snediker|
Assistant Coach of Field Hockey and Women's Lacrosse
This is Mary Clare Snediker's third season as an assistant to Alix Barrale in field hockey and with Chris Mason in lacrosse. She came to Williams after a year coaching field hockey and lacrosse at her alma mater, Greenwich (Ct.) Academy.
Snediker graduated from Colby in 2009 with a Bachelor's degree in psychology and a minor in business. At Colby, Snediker was a All-NESCAC field hockey player and a key defender on a two-time NESCAC champion women’s lacrosse team.
Snediker earned Colby’s Pamela Hoyt-Sanborn Award for contributions of sportsmanship and leadership during her time in Waterville. She was also distinguished in the classroom, earning NESCAC Fall and Spring All-Academic honors and academic accolades from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association and the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association.
Snediker was also an active member of SAAC while at Colby.