As she walks the sideline for home women's lacrosse matches at Edwin Fauver Stadium, Sue Behme is in familiar territory. The 2020 season is the tenth for Behme (prounounced: BEAM) on the River Campus.
Last season, Rochester compiled a 5-10 record overall and was 2-8 in the Liberty League. The Yellowjackets set a new single-game program record, dishing out 13 assists in a 16-6 win over conference rival Bard. Rochester played a tough schedule which included four nationally ranked foes. Junior Jamison Seabury was selected to the All-Liberty League 2nd Team.
In 2017, Rochester posted a 9-6 overall record and 5-4 mark in Liberty League play, qualifying for the Liberty League playoffs for the second time in three seasons. UR earned a 7-6 victory at Union in the regular season finale, clinching a berth in the postseason and securing Rochester's first win in Schenectady over the Dutchwomen since 1991. Three players earned All-Conference accolades, including Jamie Wallisch who was Behme's first ever player to earn multiple 1st Team All-Liberty League honors. The Yellowjackets also set a new school record allowing just 7.07 goals per game, also earning top-50 rankings in NCAA Division III in scoring defense, save percentage and fewest turnovers per game.
Since her arrival in October of 2010, the Yellowjacket lacrosse team has moved forward exponentially. After three years of getting her feet wet, UR tripled its win total from the previous season in 2014 before earning its first winning season at 9-8 in over a decade in 2015. Behme guided Rochester into the Liberty League playoffs that season, only UR's second ever appearance in the conference tournament.
Academically, the team has carried on its tradition of academic excellence by being recognized in nine straight years (2011-19) as an IWLCA Academic Honor Squad. Over this time, 26 student-athletes have been named to the IWLCA Academic Squad earning a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher and countless players have been named to the Liberty League All-Academic Team.
While at Albright, Pehnke worked with the goalkeepers and served as the defensive coordinator for the 2019 season where the Lions finished 12-6 overall, which was a program record for wins in a single-season, and made it to the first round of the MAC Commonwealth Tournament. Under Pehnke, the defense finished at the top of the MAC Commonwealth in goals against by opponents and in caused turnovers.
As a player at Catholic, she was a second-team all-region performer as a goalie and played in the IWLCA North-South Senior All-Star game. Pehnke earned second-team All-Landmark Conference player honors as a freshman before elevating to first team as a senior. The Cardinals were three-time Landmark champions and advanced as far as the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals in both 2012 and 2015.
Pehnke graduated with a bachelor’s in history from Catholic and received a master’s degree in Kinesiology from McDaniel College.
A native of Seneca Falls, NY, Tompkins joined the University of Rochester staff in the summer of 2017 as a volunteer assistant coach.
Tompkins was a 3-year starting defender for head coach Sue Behme at Nazareth College. She was a team captain her senior year and led the team in both caused turnovers and ground balls in 2005 and 2006. Tompkins assisted the defense that ranked second nationally with 5.65 goals per game. She earned Empire 8 1st Team All-Conference honors in 2005 and 2nd Team honors in 2006. She was a member of two Empire 8 Championship teams and reached the NCAA Tournament three times during her time at Nazareth. Tompkins also was on the Empire 8 Presidents’ List for multiple semesters.
Tompkins graduated from Nazareth College with a bachelor’s in Business Administration and a Specialization in Marketing. She works as a Client Relationship Account Manager for the Retirement Services department at Paychex, INC.