FLG Coaches Bios

FLG Girls Select Coaches – 2021/2022 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

Lauren Lomonaco 2023 Team

CW Post

  • 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

Dawn Sachs – 2024 Team & FLG Girls Director of Recruiting 

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.

  • 2019, the Mavericks went 15-5 and appeared in the NCAA Tournament for the second time.
  • 2028, the Mavericks go 14-4 and appear in the ECC Tournament for the third straight year.
  • 2017, Sachs led the Mavericks to a school-record 16 wins and their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
  • 2016 season proved to be a successful season with an overall record of 12-7.
  • Prior to 2016 – The Mavericks made their first appearance in the East Coast Conference Playoffs, obtaining the No. 3 seed.  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.

Janine Pirone – 2024 Team
Adelphi University

  • 2003-2006: Four-year member of Adelphi University lacrosse team
  • 2004 & 2006 National Lacrosse Champion
  • 2006 & 2007 St. John the Baptist Varsity Lacrosse Assistant Coach
  • 2008-2020 St. John the Baptist Varsity Lacrosse Coach
  • 2007-2019 Long Island Wave Lacrosse Coach

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 Countys 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

John van Gelder FLG Coach, 2026 Team

  • 2019  – present: FLG Assistant Coach
  • 2014 – present: Kings Park PAL Head Coach

Beth Vogelsang FLG Coach, 2026 Team

  • 2020-present: FLG Lacrosse Coach
  • 2019-Present: Huntington Girl’s varsity head coach 
  • 2016-2018: Huntington Girl’s varsity assistant coach
  • 2015-2016: Legacy Lacrosse girls travel coach
  • 2015: Walt Whitman JV girls coach 
  • 2014: Kings Park JV coach (JV coach of the year)
  • 2014: Suffolk County all stars travel team
  • 2013: Assistant Varsity Coach at Lafayette JR/Sr High school 2013- quarter finals
  • 2012: SUNY Cortland lax coaching course
  • 2011-2013: Cortland Club lax team
  • 2009-2010: Varsity Women’s lacrosse at SUNY Cortland. Final 4 team and SUNYAC  champions
  • 2007-2009: player for EI hs Varsity lax team and captain
  • 2007-2009: player for Express travel teams

Carolyn Sumcizk-Morales 2027 Navy Team

Marist College

  • 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
Brianne Arthur – 2027 Navy & White Team
 
Binghamton University
  • 2009 – 2013: Four year Varsity Lacrosse and Soccer letter winner at Watertown High School
  • 2013 – 2018: Five year member of the Binghamton Women’s Lacrosse Team
  • 2014: America East All Rookie Team
  • 2016 – 2018: Team Captain
  • 2018: America East Second Team All Conference
  • 2018: Selected for IWLCA Senior All-Star Game
  • 2018 – 2019: Canisius College Graduate Assistant Coach
  • 2020: East Aurora High School Girls Lacrosse Head Coach
  • Current: FLG Lacrosse Coach

Daina Catanese – 2027 White Team

University of New Haven 2015
  • 2020 – FLG 2028 Head Coach
  • 2019 – Sound Lacrosse Assistant Coach – Top Flight Tournament Winners
  • 2019 – New Canaan Youth 8A Head Coach, 7B Head Coach, 3&4 Assistant Coach – 8A & 7B CONNY Champs
  • 2017-2019 – Trumbull Lacrosse Summer & Winter League Clinics (Nutmeg State Winners 2017)
  • 2017-2018 – Wilton Youth Lacrosse Head Coach – CONNY Champions
  • 2016-2017 – Westport Youth Lacrosse Head Coach
Personal 
  • 2005-2011 Long Island Pride Lacrosse Travel Team
  • 2007-2011 H. Frank Carey Varsity Lacrosse – All Conference Player, Unsung Hero Award, Top Scorer Recognition, & Team Captain
  • 2011- 2015 The University of New Haven Women’s Lacrosse team – Captain 2015, Two NCAA appearances, Three NE-10 Championship Tournament Appearances

Megan Santina – 2027 White Team

Kean University

  • Junior for Kean University
  • Graduated from Carey High School
  • 2019 Summer – FLG Lacrosse Intern
  • 2017 to Present: FLG Assistant Coach

Jess Volpe – 2028 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, Honorable Mention All American by ILWomen, Second Team All Conference Player, Selected for IWLCA Senior All-Star Game, Member of Philadelphia Force Women’s Professional Lacrosse Team
    • 2018: Member of Upstate Pride Women’s Professional Lacrosse team
    • 2018 to Present: Head Varsity Girls Lacrosse coach at Harborfields
    • 2018 to Present: FLG Lacrosse Professional Coach

Corey Winkoff  FLG Program Leader, 2029 & 2030 Teams 

University of Pennsylvania

  • Program Director, FLG Lacrosse & Head of Development, Lax4all Organization
  • Three-year letter winner at Cold Spring Harbor High School and helped CSH to New York State C title in 2006 and Nassau County Class C Championship in 2007
  • 2008-2011: Four-year member of UPenn varsity lacrosse team
  • 2011: Team Captain, Second-team All-Ivy League, Helped lead UPenn to 2011 NCAA Tournament (First Round), Finished career second on Penn’s all-time assist list (95) and 10th all-time in points (135)
  • 2011-present:FLG Lacrosse Coach

FLG Boy’s Coaches – 2021/22 Season

Eric Dunne  FLG Director, 2023 Team & 2025 Team

University of Albany

  • 2003-2006:ÂFour-year member of Albany varsity lacrosse team
  • 2002, 2004, & 2005: America East Conference Champions
  • 2005: Long Island Metro Lacrosse Foundation Head Coach
  • 2007: SUNY Potsdam Offensive Coordinator
  • 2008: Molloy College Assistant Lacrosse Coach
  • 2008-2012: Hot Shots Lacrosse Club Owner & Coach
  • 2010: Wantagh High School Varsity Assistant Lacrosse Coach
  • 2011: Class A State Championship
  • 2012-present: Farmingdale High School Assistant Varsity Lacrosse Coach
  • 2013-present: FLG Lacrosse Coach

Shawn Hennessey – 2023 Team

  • Shaker High School Head Coach
  • All time winningest Coach in Boys Lacrosse history
  • Regional Director for ADK at the New York State Regional Championships

Michael Scheuerer – 2023 Team

Farmingdale High School

  • 2019: Appeared in 15 contests, making four starts…Totaled 33 points on 19 goals (one man-up) and 14 assists…Ranked second on the team in both goals and assists and third in points…Added 28 ground balls and four caused turnovers…Tallied seven multi-goal games, including scoring a hat-trick in back-to-back games against Saint Thomas Aquinas (Apr. 13) and an overtime game-winner for the program’s first victory over NYIT (Apr. 17)…Recorded a season-high four points in four contests…Picked up four ground balls on two occasions…Forced a turnover in four contests.
  • 2018: Appeared in all 16 contests, earning 11 starts…Ranked second on the team in assists (18), adding 20 goals for 38 points…Tallied 21 ground balls and three caused turnovers…Netted three hat tricks, at Post (Mar. 3), versus Mercy (Mar. 31), and at Georgian Court (Apr. 5)…Totaled a career-high six points by adding three assists against the Lions…Picked up a career-high five ground balls and matched a career-high two caused turnovers to open the season at Belmont Abbey (Feb. 17).
  • 2017: Appeared in 14 contests, earning a start at Roberts Wesleyan (Apr. 22)¦Totaled 11 points on four goals and seven assists…Also added 12 ground balls and eight caused turnovers…Tallied a goal and an assist to start the season at Wheeling Jesuit (Feb. 11).
  • 2016: Saw playing time in all 15 games this season … Scored three goals and added an assist for four total points while also contributing eight ground balls and five caused turnovers … Collected his first two career goals on two shots while also causing two turnovers in a 16-5 win over Georgian Court (Mar. 2) … Had a goal versus Dominican (N.Y.) on Apr. 13.
  • Prior to Molloy: Three-sport athlete at Farmingdale High School, playing football, basketball and lacrosse … Won two county championships and a conference championship with the Dalers … Was All-County and MVP in lacrosse in 2015.

Tim Hegarty – 2025 Team

Hofstra University

  • 2015 to 2018 – Played four years of lacrosse and two years of football at Farmingdale (NY) High Schoo
  • 2016: Honorable Mention All-county
  • 2017: All-American honorable mention & All-county
  • 2018: US Lacrosse All-American as a senior Lacrosse Academic All-American & Recipient of the Hartranft Ostrander 50 Scholarship
  • 2018 to Present: FLG Lacrosse Junior Coach & Attends Hofstra University

Corey Winkoff  Director of Select Teams, 2025 Team & 2030 Team

University of Pennsylvania

  • Program Director, FLG Lacrosse & Head of Development, Lax4all Organization
  • Three-year letter winner at Cold Spring Harbor High School and helped CSH to New York State C title in 2006 and Nassau County Class C Championship in 2007
  • 2008-2011: Four-year member of UPenn varsity lacrosse team
  • 2011: Team Captain, Second-team All-Ivy League, Helped lead UPenn to 2011 NCAA Tournament (First Round), Finished career second on Penn’s all-time assist list (95) and 10th all-time in points (135)
  • 2011-present:FLG Lacrosse Coach

Andrew Benazzi  Director of Roots & 2030 Team

University of Delaware

  • 2000-2004: Four-year member of Delaware varsity lacrosse team
  • 2005: Coach at New York Lacrosse Academy
  • 2005-2008: Chaminade High School Lacrosse Coach
  • 2013-present: FLG Lacrosse Coach
 

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