BALTIMORE – The UMBC women's lacrosse team took time out of its fall schedule to show its support on Saturday by participating in the 11th-Annual Diane Geppi-Aikens Memorial 5K Race and 1-Mile Fun Walk, hosted by Loyola University.
"This is an event UMBC lacrosse looks forward to participating in every year and we feel honored just to be a part of it," co-head coach Tony Giro said. "We know how much Diane meant, not only to the Baltimore lacrosse community, but to the game on a national level as well. I think she would be extremely proud of the way the Loyola coaching staff of Jen Adams, Dana Dobbie and Caroline Hager continues to carry her torch."
A Baltimore native, Geppi-Aikens graduated from Loyola College in 1984 and went on to serve as the school's volleyball coach (five years) and women's lacrosse coach (15 years). During her time at the helm of the lacrosse program, Geppi-Aikens posted 14 winning seasons, made 10 NCAA Tournament appearances and earned National Coach of the Year three times.
Geppi-Aikens continued coaching despite being diagnosed with brain cancer in 1995. She lost her fight with cancer in June of 2003. The run/walk's proceeds originally went to the Aikens Children's Fund for the education of Geppi-Aikens four children, now benefits the Diane Geppi-Aikens Endowed Scholarship.