I know some here weren't impressed when she was hired, but it seems like the program has gotten quite a bit better since she arrived. Full disclosure, I'm certainly not an expert in NCAA W lacrosse, or lacrosse in general for that matter, so I'm mostly just going off of improvement in W/L record.
Halfpenny has been working at it. Contacts with major east coast areas are better. My wife and i know 2 prep players already on her radar in EMass...one a junior the other a sophomore at Amonte's alma mater, Thayer Academy
Her first ND team lost to Northwestern in the first round of the NCAA tournament. That isn't any better the past teams.
Maybe she'll end up being a good hire but it certainly hasn't been proven yet.
I'm not sure losing to them is proof the program hasn't improved.
Comparing the BIg East and NCAA results from 2012 to what the program did under Coyne, what suggests the program has improved?
Coyne had some solid years mixed in with some mediocre years. In Halfpenny's first year the team seemed to show solid improvement compared to the previous two years. There's not a lot of data yet on Halfpenny, but the limited data there is seems to be positive.
than previously northwestern is to women's lacrosse as unc is to women's soccer - no they are better in lacrosse than unc is in soccer.