FLG Coaches Bios

FLG Girls Select Coaches – 2020/2021 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 

Dawn Sachs is currently the Assistant Athletic Director for Operations, Senior Woman Administrator and head womens 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 womens 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.

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

Kerrin Heuser – 2024 Team

Stony Brook ’23

  • Played five years of varsity lacrosse at Hicksville High School
  • Broke schools 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.

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

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 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

Megan Santina – 2027 Team

Kean University

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

Daina Catanese – 2029 Team

University of New Haven 2015
Coaching
  • 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

FLG Boy’s Coaches – 2019/20 Season

Eric Dunne  FLG Director, 2022 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

Tim Hegarty – 2022 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

John O’Dierna – 2022 Team

Gettysburg College

  • 2008-2011 – Four Year Member of Gettysburg Men’s Lacrosse
  • 2008, 2009 – Centennial Conference Champions
  • 2009 – National Championship Appearance
  • 2011-2013 – Colby College Assistant Coach
  • 2013-2015 – Stevens Institute of Technology Assistant Coach
  • 2015-2019 – Manhattan College Assistant Coach
  • 2019-Present – Manhattan College Associate Head Coach

Tim Holman 2023 Team

Hofstra University

  • 2007: Helped Garden City to Long Island and Nassau County championships in
  • 2008-2011: Four-year member of Hofstra varsity lacrosse team
  • 2011: Team Captain
  • 2010: Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Commissioner’s Academic Award Recipient
  • 2013: Holy Trinity Assistant Varsity Lacrosse Coach
  • 2010-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.

Corey Winkoff  FLG Program Leader, 2025 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

Tim McAleavey  2025 Team

  • 2003 High School All-American Huntington High school.
  • 2004 NJCAA  All Tournament Team
  • 2006 NJCAA All-American Suffolk CC
  • 2006 runner up to National Championship
  • 20152020 Force Lacrosse Coach

Joe Scavone – 2026 Team Head Coach 

  • 18’-Present Portledge Middle School HC
  • 18’-Present Portledge Varsity AC
  • 18’ Warriors Game HC
  • 15’-18’ Alpha Dawg Summer Camp Director
  • 15’-Present Director of Alpha Dawg Training
  • 08’-Present Lindenhurst PAL HC
  • 06’-14’ SemiPro Football
  • 2x Allstar
  • 3 yrs Varsity and Lax

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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