FLG Girls Select Coaches – 2019/2020 Season
Lisa Christiansen – Director of Goalie Development
Cortland, BS, ’85 & Hofstra University, MS, ’89
- 1987 to 2007: Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach at Syosset High School
- 1985 to Present: PE teacher at Syosset Central School Disctrict
- 2005 – Present: Coaches Education Trainer & Soft stick trainer for US Lacrosse
- 2006 – Present: Trainer for Positive Coaching Alliance
- 2016 – Present: Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach at Walt Whitman High School
- Present: LIU Post Goalie Trainer
- Team Manager for US Women’s U19 Team. World Champions in ’99, ’03, ’07
- Long Island Metropolitan Lacrosse Foundation Hall of Fame Inductee
- Board Member of South Huntington Youth Lacrosse
- 2017 – Present: Coach for FLG Lacrosse
Dawn Sachs – 2021 Team
Dawn Sachs is currently the Assistant Athletic Director for Operations, Senior Woman Administrator and head women’s lacrosse coach (entering eighth season). In addition, she acts as the Chief Academic Officer of the athletic department.
In 2019, the Mavericks went 15-5 and appeared in the NCAA Tournament for the second time. Mercy also qualified for the ECC Tournament for the fourth straight year and won a share of the ECC Regular Season crown for the first time. The Mavericks went on to secure their first-ever ECC Tournament Championship with their first-ever win over national power LIU Post. Sachs led the Mavericks to a No. 11 ranking in the final IWLCA Poll and senior Hunter Isnardi was named IWLCA Division II Midfielder of the Year for the second straight year. Isnardi was also named First Team All-American, First Team All-Region and ECC Midfielder of the Year after setting a new career goals record in NCAA Division II women’s lacrosse. Isnardi was also named to the IWLCA Senior All-Star Game and was named an NCAA Woman of the Year Award nominee. Junior Katherine Sanchez and freshman Micayla Brady were tabbed Second Team All-Region and the Mavericks had six named to the ECC All-Conference teams.
The 2018 campaign saw the Mavericks go 14-4 and appear in the ECC Tournament for the third straight year. Mercy advanced to the ECC Championship Game for the second straight year and ended the season ranked No. 13 in the final IWLCA Coaches Poll. Under Sachs, the Mavericks had three All-Americans in Hunter Isnardi, Talia Stagnitta and Emily Jehle with Isnardi being named the IWLCA, Inside Lacrosse and ECC Midfielder of the Year. At the end of the season, Isnardi was crowned NCAA Division II Statistical Champion in goals per game and draw controls per game, setting a new NCAA Division II single-season record for draw controls. Stagnitta was named ECC Defender of the Year as the Mavericks had six named to the All-ECC teams. Isnardi, Stagnitta and Jehle all received IWLCA First Team All-Region accolades and were named to the All-ECAC teams with Isnardi being named Offensive Player of the Year. The accolades did not stop there for the Mavericks with Jehle and Coticchio being named to the IWLCA Senior All-Star Game and Jehle also received ECC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for Women’s Lacrosse.
In 2017, Sachs led the Mavericks to a school-record 16 wins and their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Mercy qualified for the ECC Tournament for the second straight year and won their first-ever playoff game over NYIT to advance to the ECC Championship Game for the first time in program history. Sachs also guided the Mavericks to their first national ranking in program history, ending the season ranked No. 11 in the final IWLCA Coaches Poll. During that time Sachs coached the first two All-Americans in program history in sophomores Hunter Isnardi and Talia Stagnitta. Isnardi was a First Team selection and Stagnitta a Third Team recipient, while Sachs coached a school-record seven ECC All-Conference honorees with Isnardi being named Offensive Player of the Year. Sachs was named ECC Coach of the Year for the second straight year and had four named to the IWLCA All-North Region teams. The Mavericks also had three named to the All-ECAC women’s lacrosse teams and two student-athletes selected to play in the IWLCA North/South Senior All-Star Game.
The 2016 season proved to be a successful season with an overall record of 12-7. The Mavericks made their first appearance in the East Coast Conference Playoffs, obtaining the No. 3 seed. Awards and accolades from the 2016 season include one IWLCA Second Team All-North Region selection, one IWLCA Third Team All-North Region selection, one ECC Rookie of the Year, three ECC First Team All-Conference selections and two Second Team All-ECC recipients. Additional accolades include a Rookie of the Year and First Team selection from the ECAC. These accolades helped cap off an outstanding 2016 season that also saw Sachs named ECC Co-Coach of the Year.
During the summer, Sachs is an assistant director and coach with the Long Island Wave (Summer Lacrosse Club). Throughout the school year, Sachs also coaches with the Scarsdale Youth Lacrosse program with different age groups.
Kiera Boettcher – 2021 Team
- 2019 Season:
Appeared in 12 games, making eight starts. She netted three goals and dished out an assist. Defensively, she scooped up eight groundballs and caused four turnovers, while winning 13 draw controls.
- High School and Club Info: Played lacrosse, soccer, and basketball for Floral Park Memorial High School. In all three sports was selected as a team captain and scholar athlete. She earned the Most Valuable Player, Most Improved Player and Unsung Hero awards in lacrosse.
Jess Volpe – 2022 Team
Stony Brook University
- 2009-2013: Five year Varsity Lacrosse letter winner and Four Year Varsity Winter Track Letter winner at Hauppauge and Rocky Point High School
- 2010: All League player
- 2011- Member of Under Armour All American Underclassmen Team
- 2012: ESPN Watch List Top 50 Juniors
- 2013: Lacrosse All County, Winter Track All County, and winter track academic all county
- 2013: Named lacrosse team MVP and Winter Track Team MVP
- 2013-2017: Member of the Stony Brook Womens Lacrosse Team, won the America East Championship all four years
- 2013-2016 Raid Travel Girls Lacrosse Head Coach (Travel team based out of Hauppauge L.I.)
- 2014-2017: Competed in four consecutive rounds in NCAA Tournament
- 2016: America East Second Team All Conference Player
- 2017: Team Captain
- 2017: Honorable Mention All American by ILWomen
- 2017: Second Team All Conference Player
- 2017: Selected for IWLCA Senior All-Star Game
- 2017: Member of Philadelphia Force Women’s Professional Lacrosse Team
- 2018: Member of Upstate Pride Women’s Professional Lacrosse team
- 2018: Present: Head Varsity Girls Lacrosse coach at Harborfields
- 2018 to Present: FLG Lacrosse Professional Coach
Mackenzie Murphy – 2022 Team
- Played High School Lacrosse for Sachem North
- Rising Sophomore at Mercyhurst, where she started as a Freshman as the backer of their defense
- 2018-present: FLG Lacrosse Coach
Lauren Lomonaco – 2023 Team
- 2003: Graduate of Massapequa High School (All-County)
- 2003-2007: Four year member of CW Post Varsity Lacrosse Team (All-American)
- 2007: Undefeated 2007 Division II National Championship
- 2018: 2007 team inducted into the Post Hall of Fame
- 2014-present: Syosset High School Girls Lacrosse Head Coach
- 2015: Syosset’s 1st ever Nassau County Championship
- 2018-present: FLG Lacrosse Professional Coach
Kendal Halpern – 2023 Team
Syosset 2020, Northwestern 2024
- Strong on both offense and defense, multi sport varsity athlete since 8th grade, numerous honors/awards, team player, leader, disciplined, determined.
- I have always been a multi-sport athlete. I was a starter on Varsity in 8th grade for soccer, basketball and lacrosse. In lacrosse I received all conference honors. In 9th grade I added all conference in soccer and all county honorable mention in basketball. In 10th Grade All-County Soccer, Basketball (LI AA Player of the Year) and Lacrosse. In lacrosse i also received northeast player of the week and newsday player of the week, 10th grade. In 11th grade I was MVP of the Nassau County Soccer tournament. I was selected to represent LI on the Under Armour All America Championship Teams in 2017 and 2018. Selected for U19 National Team Tryouts. I made the all-star teams at Brine, Duke, Northwestern. I am a leader on and off the field. I am a referee for the local soccer and basketball club. I work with young kids through PAL for lacrosse. I am a strong student with AP and honors classes. In addition I was selected for art honors and I am an animal lover.
Nicki Stanco – 2024 Team
- IWLCA Third Team All-American (2019)
- IWLCA Senior All-Star Game (2019)
- All-ECAC First Team (2019)
- IWLCA All-Region First Team (2019)
- NE10 All-Conference First Team (2019)
- NE10 Academic All-Conference (2019)
- NE10 Academic Honor Roll – Academic Distinction (Fall ’18, Spring ’19)
- NE10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll (Fall ’15, Spring ’16, Fall ’16, Spring ’17, Fall ’17, Spring ’18)
- ECAC President’s Honor Roll (Spring ’18)
Kerrin Heuser – 2024 Team
Stony Brook ’23
- Played five years of varsity lacrosse at Hicksville High School
- Broke school’s all-time goals record with 225 in her prep career
- Four-time All-County
- Two-time All-Academic All-American
- Named Scholar Athlete as a senior
- Also ran cross country and winter track all fours years
- Member of National Honor Society and Math Honor Society.
Samantha DiSalvo – 2025 Team
SUNY Stony Brook ’18
- 2011: Named All – Conference and was a two-time All-Nassau County honoree (2012 & 2014) while she also played for Long Island Yellow Jackets
- 2011-2014: Four-year letterwinner at Hewlett High School
- 2015-present: second-year member of Stony Brook varsity lacrosse team
- 2015: Named to America East All-Rookie Team
- 2015-present: FLG Lacrosse Coach
Brooke Basso – 2025 Team
- AS A SENIOR IN 2018-19: First-team All-ECC … IWLCA All-East Region second team … IWLCA D-II Senior All-Star Game participant on June 1 … Tallied 47 goals, 17 assists, 33 ground balls, 13 caused turnovers and 77 draw controls … Set then-program record with 10 draw controls in season-opening win vs. Holy Family on Feb. 27 … Named to ECC weekly honor roll on March 4 and March 18 … Athletic Director’s Honor Roll for achieving at least 3.2 GPA during fall 2018 and spring 2019 semesters.AS A JUNIOR IN 2017-18: Second-team All-ECC … Tallied seven goals, three assists, 31 ground balls, 16 draw controls and 22 caused turnovers in 18 starts.
- AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2016-17: Second-team All-ECC … Scored two goals vs. LIU Post on May 12 in NCAA Tournament opener … Started 18 games, tallying 10 goals, one assist, 27 ground balls, four draw controls and 12 caused turnovers.
- AT DOWLING COLLEGE AS A FRESHMAN IN 2015-16: Played in 17 contests for the Golden Lions … Finished the season with two points courtesy of two assists … Scooped up nine ground balls, caused six turnovers and won three draw controls.
- AT SACHEM NORTH HIGH SCHOOL: Played four years of varsity lacrosse and soccer… All League Award for lacrosse in 9th, 10th and 11th grade… Lacrosse Unsung Hero Award and 13th Man Award in 12th grade.
Justin O’Connell – 2026 Team
University of Pennsylvania
- 1998-2001: Member of UPenn varsity lacrosse program
- 2001: Team Captain
- 1997: Ray Enners Award winner as Suffolk County’s top lacrosse player
- 2004-2011: Sachem East High School Varsity Lacrosse Coach
- 2012: Molloy College Assistant Lacrosse Coach
- 2013-present: Sachem North High School Varsity Lacrosse Coach
- 2013: Suffolk County Assistant Coach of the Year
- 2011-present: FLG Lacrosse Coach
Gussie Melendez – 2026 Team
- Cold Spring Harbor PAL Head Coach for the 2026 Girls
- Graduate of Georgetown University
- Competed as a starter in a Division I National Championship against University of Maryland
- 2019 to Present: FLG Professional Coach
Carolyn Sumcizk-Morales – 2027 Navy Team
- 2006-2009: four-year member of Marist varsity lacrosse team where she finished her career with 51 goals and 88 points and ranks 5th all-time in games played (68) and caused turnovers (55)
- 2008: Helped Marist to for first ever NCAA Tournament (First Round)
- 2008: Member of first ever Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championship Team
- 2008: All-MAAC Second Team honors and All-Academic Team
- Serves as girls lacrosse director of the Oak Neck Athletic Council and served as Locust Valley High School (LVHS) Head Varsity lacrosse coach
- 2009: All-MAAC First Team honors and All-Academic Team
- 2011: Let LVHS Girls Varsity Lacrosse team to Nassau County Class C Championship
- 2015-present: FLG Lacrosse Coach
Megan Santina – 2027 Team
- Rising sophomore for Kean University
- Graduated from Carey High School
- 2019 Summer – FLG Lacrosse Intern
- 2017 to Present: FLG Junior Coach
Ashley Miller – 2027 White Team
- AS A SENIOR IN 2018-19: Second-team All-ECC … Made 18 saves in 8-7 OT win at No. 4 LIU Post on April 13 … ECC Defensive Player of Week on April 15 … Played 32:44 and made six saves while facing 11 shots on goal in IWLCA D-II Senior All-Star Game on June 1 … Went 12-4 with 8.25 GAA and program-record .509 save percentage in 17 games (16 starts) … Graduated as NYIT all-time saves (248) and wins leader (26) … ECC Commissioner’s Honor Roll … Named to Athletic Director’s Honor Roll for achieving at least 3.2 GPA during fall 2018 and spring 2019 semesters.AS A JUNIOR IN 2017-18: Second-team All-ECC … First-team All-ECAC … Started all 19 games, posting 14-5 record, 8.77 GAA and .464 save percentage while logging 1026:04 … ECC Defensive Player of Week on March 26 and April 16 … ECAC Defensive Player of Week on March 28 and April 18 … Earned first collegiate win in six-save performance vs. STAC on March 3 … Made first career start Feb. 28 vs. Georgian Court … Named to Athletic Director’s Honor Roll for achieving at least 3.2 GPA during fall 2017 semester … Named to Athletic Director’s Honor Roll for achieving at least 3.2 GPA during spring 2018 semester … Named to the ECAC Academic Honor Roll for achieving at least a 3.2 GPA during the spring semester.
- AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2016-17: Appeared in four games off bench. Had 3.27 GAA and .333 save percentage … Named to Athletic Director”s Honor Roll for achieving at least 3.2 GPA during spring 2017 semester.
- AS A FRESHMAN IN 2015-16 AT DOWLING COLLEGE: Played in one contest, collecting 12:30 in goal.
Charlotte Sofield – 2029/20208 Teams
University of North Carolina, 2X Captain
- Senior (2019) – Named honorable mention All-America by ILWomen … A second-team All-ACC pick in 2019 for the second year in a row … Second-team All-South (IWLCA) … Named a third-team Midseason All-America by Inside Lacrosse … UNC team co-captain in 2019 … Started all 21 games as an anchor of the Tar Heel back line.
- Junior (2018) – Named first-team All-ACC at defender … One of Carolina’s team captains, along with Marie McCool, Erin Kelly and Naomi Lerner … Valuable team leader and stabilizer on the back end of the field … Often one of the first Tar Heels off the bench early in games … Appeared in 19 games on the year, starting the first seven … Scored goals against Virginia, Duke and Virginia Tech in the ACC Tournament … Had an assist in the win over Elon … Had season highs with three ground balls and three caused turnovers against Elon.
- Sophomore (2017) – Moved into a starting role as a sophomore … Played in all 20 games and started the last 14 of the year as a defensive midfielder … Scored in the season opener against James Madison and against Albany … Had assists against Maryland, Virginia Tech and Boston College (ACC Tournament) … Controlled 16 draws on the season, including a career-high against Boston College in the ACC Tournament semifinals … Caused 11 turnovers, including a season-high two in three different games.
- Freshman (2016) – Appeared in 19 games as a key reserve … Scored a season-high two goals in the regular season win over Notre Dame … Also scored against Duke (regular season and NCAA Tournament), Louisville and Northwestern … Had her first career assist at Elon in March … Caused nine turnovers (one each in nine different games) … Had two draw controls against both Duke (NCAA Tournament) and Notre Dame (regular season) … Took a season-high three shots in the NCAA final vs. Maryland … Named the No. 14 incoming player in the nation for 2016 by Inside Lacrosse.
- High School – Earned a spot on the All-ILWomen High School Team as one of the top 20 players in the nation … A 2015 Under Armour All-America … U.S. Lacrosse All-America … Inside Lacrosse All-High School Team … Scored a goal for the South team in the Under Armour All-America game in July 2015 … Three-time all-state choice in Virginia … Three-time Under Armour Underclass All-America choice … Won state titles in 2014 and 2015 … Washington Post first-team All-Metro in 2015 … The VISAA Player of the Year as the top player in the state of Virginia … Recorded 118 points (67 goals, 51 assists) and 25 ground balls in 2015 … Posted career totals of 194 goals, 189 assists and 110 ground balls … Played for her father, head coach Richard Sofield, at Bishop Ireton … Played four years of lacrosse and basketball and two years of volleyball.
- Personal – Is the daughter of Richard and Alice Sofield … Born in Alexandria, Va. … Birthday is December 18 … Is a talented cook … Can juggle … Has three younger brothers … Majoring in modern European history.
FLG Jr. Coaches Include:
- Lauren Crotty, Kellenberg 2020, Committed to Scranton
- Kayla Rose, LUHI 2020
- Julia Sabatino, Locust Valley 2020
- Tori Cini, Syosset 2020, Committed to Holy Cross
- Rebecca Gersbeck, Island Trees 2020
- Paige Walker, Hicksville 2020, Committed to NYIT
School Attended: McDaniel College
- Major: Sociology
- 2007 – All-conference Varsity Lacrosse Player at Calhoun High School
- 2008 – Honorable-Mention All-county Varsity Lacrosse Player at Calhoun High School
- 2009 – All-county Varsity Lacrosse Player at Calhoun High School
- 2013 – Record for most faceoffs taken and most faceoffs won in a single season
- 2013 – Led the team in ground balls
- 2013 – 60% Face-off Win Percentage
- 2011 to present – private lacrosse instructor
- 2013 to present – trainer for the FOGO Lax Academy
- 2013 to present – FLG Lacrosse Coach