About Us 

Directors 


carollynn_thumbCarolLynn Ellison, Director of Officials - Carollynn grew up in the Philadelphia area playing lacrosse.  She moved to Chicago with her family in 1999 and has been involved in Illinois lacrosse ever since.  She is a national rated official and officiates NCAA throughout the country. Carollynn has 7 beautiful children and is thrilled to be working with Lakeshore Lacrosse.

devin_thumbDevin McCue, Regional Travel Director -Devin grew up on the north side of Chicago and attended Loyola Academy where she was one of the founding members of the lacrosse program.  She went on to play Division lll at Allegheny College in western Pennsylvania.  After 2 years in goal she transitioned to the midfield.  After graduating in 2002 with a BA in Communication Arts, she came back to Chicago to work on her Masters degree in Education.  She served as the head coach for both the varsity and junior varsity teams at Northside College Prep High School from 2003-2006.  She has coached and directed for both Lakeshore Lacrosse and IGLA.  She is currently the assistant varsity coach at Glenbrook South High School and Growth Spurts in Wilmette, Illinois. 

lynnmerrill_thumbLynn Merrill, Managing Director - Lynn grew up in Chicago and starting playing lacrosse at Loyola Academy. She continued playing at the University of Illinois.  Her senior year she was elected club president and graduated in 2007 with a degree in Spanish and International Studies.  She currently directs the Illinois Girls Lacrosse Association, teaches elementary school Spanish, coaches at Northside College Prep High School, plays on Lakeshore's Adult Team and is a US Lacrosse certified official. lynn@lakeshorelacrosse.com

sebastian_thumbMichelle Sebastian, Director of Coaching - Michelle picked up a lacrosse stick for the first time in 1993, during her freshmen year at Vanderbilt University.  On their second year as a club, Michelle became the leading scorer on the team. Vanderbilt turned Division I varsity in 1995. In that year, she not only made the team amid a group of scholarship players and recruits, but was a starter in the midfield.  In her senior year, Vanderbilt played an even tougher schedule against schools like Maryland, UNC, and Duke and maintained a 10-6 record. Michelle tied for 5th in scoring that year and won the Commodore Award for the best attitude and hustle. Coach Sebastian was the head coach at Hinsdale Central High School in Hinsdale, IL from 2006-2009.  During her tenure the team ended up 3rd, 1st, 3rd, and 3rd in State, respectively.  She is the only female to achieve this honor in Illinois.  She is now a head coach at Montini Catholic and looking to build a new dynasty.  Coach Sebastian is a founding member of IGLA, which promotes girls youth lacrosse in the Chicagoland area (www.iglax.org).  Michelle is the mom of three beautiful girls and coaches the 2017 Travel team.  michelle@lakeshorelacrosse.com

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bobbiesagan_thumbBobbie Sagan, Team Gear Director - Bobbie first started playing lacrosse in 1999 at Glenbook South High School. Her senior year, Bobbie was MVP, 2nd team All-State and a Senior All-Star. Bobbie attended college at Western Michigan University where she graduated with a degree in communications and Spanish. During those years she was captain as well as leading scorer. In 2006 she was named WCLL All-League player. Bobbie has also been a US Lacrosse Certified Official since 2003. Aside from coaching year round for Lakeshore and high schools in the area, Bobbie is a captain of Lakeshore's Adult Women's team and continues to spread her love of the game as much as possible.

Coaches

TarynAbbassian_thumbTaryn Abbassian - Taryn grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago and started playing lacrosse with Lakeshore in 2003. In high school, she also played volleyball, basketball, and ran cross-country. She was a four-year starter on her high school lacrosse team, playing all over the field, and she was elected captain her senior year. Taryn was voted All-Conference player for two years, and was 2nd team All-State her senior year. In addition, Taryn received her team's Rookie of the Year, MVP, and Best Offensive Player awards. She is currently a student-athlete at Division III Dickinson College in Pennsylvania, playing midfield for the Red Devils. Taryn plans to pursue a degree in political science and go on to law school. When not playing, Taryn loves to watch and coach lacrosse.  She is excited to see where the sport will take her in the future.
Lizzie AbramsonLizzie Abramson - Lizzie started playing lacrosse in 7th grade with the Wildcat Elite Club team and Lakeshore Lacrosse. She attended New Trier high school where she lettered in lacrosse and field hockey. During her senior seasons, she won state championships in both lacrosse and field hockey. Senior year her lacrosse team finished with 24 wins and only 3 losses, setting a school record for wins and consecutive victories (21). She earned All-American honors in 2008 after being named honorable mention in 2007. Lizzie was an Academic All-American and Central Suburban League scholar athlete. After high school, Lizzie was recruited to play for the Northwestern women’s lacrosse team. While playing with the Wildcats, she saw action in 15 games, including the 2009 NCAA championship win over North Carolina. At Northwestern University Lizzie is a psychology major, with a minor in business institutions. Lizzie loves being able to play and coach with Lakeshore. Spring 2010 she started coaching with IGLA and still continues to coach with Lakeshore. It is exciting for her to watch the sport grow in Illinois and help girls find the same passion for the sport that she experienced as a young player.
melissaanderson_thumb Melissa Andersen -  Melissa moved to the Chicagoland area in December 2012 from Baltimore, Maryland where she grew up playing lacrosse, basketball and softball.  After high school, she went on to play Division II lacrosse at Pfeiffer University in North Carolina where she was a four year starter on attack.  During her senior season at Pfeiffer, Melissa was named a First Team All-American as well as the Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference (CVAC) Women’s Lacrosse Player of the Year.  In 2007, the CVAC changed its name and announced Melissa as one of five members to the Women’s Lacrosse All-Time team.  She currently still holds the #1 spot in the school’s record book for assists per game, assists per season, points per season, and career assists.  After graduating in 2006, Melissa continued playing lacrosse and started officiating on the side where she is now a District rated official.  When she isn’t playing, reffing, or coaching, Melissa works as the Director of Client Financial Services for American Utility Management Inc. in Lombard, Illinois.
AbbyBangser_thumbAbby Bangser - Abby grew up in West Hartford, Connecticut , where she began to play goalie for her high school girls’ lacrosse team. She fell in love with girls’ lacrosse, earning 3 years of All-State and 2 years of All-American honors as well as being named State Player of the Year in 2004. In college, Abby played with the NCAA Division I national champion Northwestern Women’s Lacrosse team.  For the past 3 years, Abby has been an assistant coach with Loyola Academy girls’ lacrosse team and more recently joined the St. Ignatius staff as a goalie coach. She is excited by how quickly the sport is growing in Illinois and specializes in coaching the goalie position to help girls realize how great the position can be and is excited to be a part of Lakeshore Lacrosse’s coaching program. She also plays for the Lakeshore Lacrosse Women’s team.
AbbyBangser_thumbClaire Banta - Claire grew up in Alexandria Virginia and graduated from Bishop Ireton High School in 2009.  She played varsity lacrosse all four years, and went on to play collegiate lacrosse at the University of Virginia.  After graduating from the University of Virginia in 2013, with a degree in drama, Claire is currently in the processes of starting her own business in Chicago.  Claire isexcited to start working with Lakeshore Lacrosse.

StephanieBarry_thumbStephanie Barry- Steph went to high school at Warren in Gurnee, IL where she started playing lacrosse her junior year. Steph played on the first ever team there her junior year and was a captain. She was on the first ever varsity team at Warren her senior year where she continued to be a captain. Steph goes to Concordia University Wisconsin and is a senior. She continues to play lacrosse and also played ice hockey for two years. Her hopes are to coach for a high school in the Chicago land area upon graduation and continue to pass on her love for lacrosse to others.

Caitlin BonhamCaitlin Bonham - Caitlin has been playing lacrosse since ninth grade. She graduated from the University of Michigan where, during her tenure as a student, she coached an academic extra curricular program for middle school students. Since moving to Chicago she has become involved in lacrosse around the city. Caitlin is a US Lacrosse certified official, acts as a coach for Lakeshore Lacrosse, and as a director and coach for the Illinois Girls Lacrosse Association. She also plays in the Lakeshore Women’s Lacrosse Club.



JamieCarlson_thumbJamie Carlson - Jamie grew up in Glen Cove, New York where she was a 5 year varsity letter winner for Glen Cove High School under coach Jackie Gow. She was captain her senior year as the starting goalie for the Big Red earning two time All- County and Academic All-America honors. While also participating in tennis and track, she earned the superintendants cup and the Lola Schmitz Berg Female athlete of the year. In 2007 she was recruited to play Division 1 lacrosse at Stony Brook University on a partial scholarship for 4 years. She graduated in May of 2011 with a bachelors degree in health science and sociology earning deans list honors, three years on the America East Honor roll, and an undergraduate recognition award. In the summers of 2010 and 2011 she enjoyed coaching goalies and a young team for the Long Island Yellow Jackets travel lacrosse program. Currently she is attending Rush University in Chicago for her masters in Nursing.

Mary Kate CaseyMary Kate Casey - Mary Kate grew up in Chicago and started playing lacrosse her freshman year of high school.  She graduated from Loyola Academy where she played 4 years of both varsity basketball and lacrosse.  As a member of the lacrosse team, Mary Kate won 3 IHSWLA State Championships and All-American Honors and was co-captain her senior year.  She played for Wildcat Elite during her Junior and Seniors Summers where coach Kelly Amonte Hiller recruited her to play for Northwestern University.  Over her 4 years at Northwestern, Mary Kate won 3 All-Academic Big Ten honors, 4 ALC Championships, and 4 National Championships. Mary Kate has been coaching for 7 years and recently returned from a year in England where she taught Physical Education and coached lacrosse at Haileybury, a Boarding School outside of London.  She played with the English Regional Teams which took 1st place in the Territorial Tournament.  Mary Kate studied Human Development and Psychological Services in the School of Education at Northwestern with a strong interest in Spanish.  Currently, she lives in Chicago and is a 1st year Physical Therapy student who enjoys spreading her knowledge about lacrosse to Illinois players just like herself. 

KaraFeemster_ThumbKara Feemster - Kara grew up in Grosse Pointe, MI and started playing lacrosse in 9th grade.  Kara was recruited to play both lacrosse and field hockey at Denison University in Ohio.  From there she went on to serve as the assistant varsity coach at her alma mater, University Liggettt High School.  She has been coaching lacrosse at all levels for the past 7 years.  Kara loves lacrosse and excited to be starting her third season with Lakeshore.

Katie FeganKatie Fegan - Katie grew up in River Forest, IL and started playing lacrosse in 2000. She attended Oak Park and River Forest High School where she helped start the first girls' lacrosse team in 2002. Katie has been coaching for Lakeshore Lacrosse and the IGLA since 2006 and has been the junior varsity coach at OPRF since 2007. Katie is excited to be coaching so much and loves coaching girls from all different levels of play. Game on!

LauraFinfrock_thumbLaura Finfrock - Laura is a chicago native who first started playing lacrosse her first year at Deerfield High School.  She played one year on attack and three years as a goalie. She went on to play at Adrian College in Michigan and started in goal her freshman year . In her senior year, she finished 37th out of 200 goalies in DIII and had a .482 save percentage.  She was  also named MVP her senior year. Laura graduated college with a degree in biology. Today she coaches for Lakeshore Regional travel and Lakeshore National travel 2014 as a goalie coach. For the 2013 spring season she was the assistant coach at Benedictine University in Lisle. Lacrosse is a large part of her life, she loves to teach the game and help the girls excel in this fast growing sport.          

AlyssaFullerton_thumbAlyssa Fullerton- Alyssa started playing lacrosse in 2004. She played as an attacker and midfielder for four years at Palatine Fremd High School.  During Alyssa's senior year, she was the team's leading scorer and was named a US Lacrosse Academic All-American.  Alyssa has been an active member of Lakeshore Lacrosse playing in the Select Program for two seasons and three seasons Lakeshore Travel.  Alyssa has continued her involvement with Lakeshore by joining the coaching staff in 2009. Alyssa is currently plays midfield on the club lacrosse team of the University of Illinois where she is pursuing a degree in Elementary Education.

MikeFullerton_thumbMike Fullerton - Mike attended Bowling Green University in Ohio where he learned the game of lacrosse. Mike is currently the Director of the Fremd Feeder Girls Basketball program where he has coached girls in grades 5-8 for the last 10 years.  He has been a part of the IGLA program in lake Zurich for the past 4 years.  Mike helped coach the Lake Zurich HS JV Lax team Spring 2010 and is the head coach of the innagural Girls Lacrosse program at Hoffman Estates High School.  In addition to holding a Level 1 Coaching certificate from USLacrosse, Mike also holds an ASEP certification through the IHSA which allows him to coach at the high school level.  Mike’s goal is to help grow the sport of Lacrosse in the NW suburbs.

lynngerbec_thumbLynn Gerbec - Lynn grew up in Chicago and started playing lacrosse as a Sophomore at Northside College Prep High School. She continued playing Division III lacrosse at Oberlin College where she graduated with a B.A. in Psychology. Lynn is the JV coach at Northside College Prep High School and plays with the Lakeshore Women's Adult Team. In addition, she is a certified US Lacrosse Official. Lynn recently obtained her Masters in Education and is looking forward to teaching for the Chicago Public Schools.

MaryHandrahan_thumbMary Handrahan - Mary grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago and started playing lacrosse when  she was 15. As a sophomore, Mary was part of Lake Zurich High School’s first year lacrosse program. She received MVP and Most Valuable Offensive Player her junior and senior year at Lake Zurich. In the summer of 2006 she joined Lakeshore and had the best lacrosse experience for the next 3 years that followed. Mary attended Division III Trine University where she played on the lacrosse team. She was voted rookie of the year her freshman year at Trine. Mary transferred to Division III Carthage College her sophomore year. She is currently still playing lacrosse as a midfielder for the Lady Reds and is pursuing a degree in Exercise Sport Science with a minor in Secondary Education and Spanish. Mary is thrilled to be part of Lakeshore as a coach and is excited to see where lacrosse will take her in the future.
JessicaKelley_thumbJessica Hogan - Jessica started playing lacrosse as a high school freshman in Washington, DC.  She really got involved in the sport when she was in college. As captain/player/coach and one of the founders of the Taylor University club lacrosse team her junior year, Jessica helped lead the team to the club nationals. Jessica's first year of post-collegiate coaching was as an assistant coach at Park Tudor School in Indianapolis, where her tream earned State Runner-Up honors. After moving to Chicago Jessica coached at Northside College Prep. In 2005 she was awarded the Exemplary Coach of the Year - official's choice. Jessica has been a member of the Lakeshore Women's Lacrosse Club since 2003 and coach of the U13 Travel team since 2010.  She challenges the girls to become better players and keep a positive attitude in all situations.
EmilyCochran_thumb Emily Cochran Jakacki - Emily grew up in Michigan and started playing lacrosse in 7th grade.  She graduated from the Academy of the Sacred Heart as a high school All American and two-time All State recipient.  She was recruited to play at the University of Pennsylvania where she was an All Ivy player in the midfield/ attack and captain her senior year.  Emily was invited to play in the 2006 North-South Senior All Star Game.  After graduating from Penn, Emily was inducted in to the Catholic League Hall of Fame in Michigan in 2006.  Emily stayed at Penn working in the Penn Athletics Department for two years in development and admissions while pursuing a masters in Higher Education Management.  Emily moved to Chicago in the fall of 2008.  She currently lives in the city and works for Advocate Illinois Masonic as a Medical Director supporting the Neurosciences and Digestive Health programs.  She has been involved with coaching camps and travel teams for over 8 years; with Lakeshore coaching the U15, U19 and currently the 2013/2014 team.

Sarah Jonathan_thumbSarah Jonathan -Sarah began playing lacrosse during her sophomore year of high school in her hometown of Clayton, CA. She feel in love with the sport and continued to play lacrosse along with basketball throughout her career at Clayton Valley High School. As captain of the varsity lacrosse team her senior year, she helped lead the Lady Eagles to a successful and competitive season. Currently attending Lake Forest College, Sarah helped establish the women's club lacrosse team and lead the team to a 10-2 inaugural season as a co-captain.  Sarah coaches with both the IGLA and Lakeshore Lacrosse organizations. Sarah greatly enjoys working with the youth laxers, passing on her love of lacrosse to others.

Virginia KosenkovaVirginia Kosenkova - Virginia, a Baltimore native, moved to Chicago after graduating with a BS in biochemistry from the University of Maryland. While there, she played club as a defender, adding 4 more years to her lacrosse resume. She now plays for the Lakeshore Women’s Lacrosse Club and plays in adult leagues whenever possible. Virginia has coached Lakeshore Select and travel teams since 2006 and continues to welcome girls to the west leagues. She also coached the top four Hinsdale Central team from 2007-2009, leading the team to their first state championship in 2007. She is currently a varsity coach at Montini Catholic High School. Virginia is also the IHSWLA vice-president and an IL All-American selector and she coaches the IL national tournament team. Virginia resides in Lincoln Park and works as a product stewardship associate for BP in Naperville.

Therese_Louvar_thumbTherese Louvar - Therese is originally from Villanova, PA and played lacrosse at Radnor High School from 1992-1996 for Coach Phyllis Kilgour.  She was an All American, All County, All Main Line selection Junior/Senior Years and played club for Philly 1 Schoolgirls her sophomore, junior, senior year.  Therese went on to play Division 1 lacrosse at Loyola College (MD) from 1996-2000 where she played midfield and defense in 4 NCAA appearances and 2 Final Four appearances.  She currently resides in Lincoln Park, is married and has a chocolate lab. She works as a Sales Executive for a financial services corporation.  She is an IWULB Rated Official for 3+ seasons and US Lacrosse Level 1 & 2 Certified Coach.

Sarah McKennaSarah McKenna -  Sarah grew up in Evanston, IL and started playing lacrosse for Evanston Township HS in 1997.  Sarah went on to play a year of club lacrosse at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, before transferring to Vassar College where she played both varsity field hockey and lacrosse.  From 2005-2007 Sarah was an Assistant coach for the University of Illinois Women’s Club Lacrosse team.  In 2007, Sarah moved back to Chicago and started coaching with Lakeshore Lacrosse and Evanston Township HS.  In fall of 2008, she became the varsity head coach at Evanston Township HS.  She has coached and been a sub-regional director the Western Great Lakes National Tournament team.  Sarah is the current president of the IHSWLA coaches association.  She continues to play as a member of the Lakeshore Women’s Lacrosse Club.  When not playing or coaching lacrosse, Sarah works as a physical therapist at Illinois Bone and Joint in Glenview.  Sarah loves to share the game of lacrosse with girls in the Chicagoland area!
EmilyMohr_thumbEmily Mohr - Emily is from Winnetka, IL and started playing lacrosse as a goalie her sophomore year at Loyola Academy. She won two state championships while she was at Loyola. Emily went on to the University of Maryland where she played club lacrosse for a year before transferring to the University of Illinois. She plans on playing club lacrosse at U of I in the fall. Emily has coached with IGLA and Loyola Lacrosse camps for the past three years, and she is really looking forward to a great season with Lakeshore Select.
ClareNelsonJohnson_thumbClare Nelson-Johnson - Clare first picked up a lacrosse stick her freshman year at a Lakeshore Lacrosse camp and has played ever since. During her sophomore and junior years in high school she went to the Vail Shootout Tournament in Colorado with the Lakeshore Lacrosse Travel Team. Clare recalls this as one of the highlights of her lacrosse career. During her four years with the state champion Loyola Academy Girls’ Lacrosse program she garnered respect as one of the best players in the state of Illinois and played on the Great Lakes team at the US Lacrosse National Tournament. Clare is currently a two-sport athlete at The College of Wooster playing field hockey as well as women’s lacrosse. In both sports she has been a part of North Coast Athletic Conference-winning teams. About her experience with Lakeshore Lacrosse Clare says: “Lakeshore Lacrosse has played a major role in my life. I hope to stay connected with Lakeshore, doing what I love.”
annaparis_thumb1Anna Paris  - Anna started playing lacrosse as goalie at a boarding school in Connecticut.  After her family moved to Los Angeles, she played at one of the top lacrosse boarding schools in California.  There, she learned to play defense and, in her senior year, won the state championship.  After attending the University of Michigan, Anna coached the freshman/sophomore program at Gelnbrook South High School.  She is now the assistant varsity coach at Marian Catholic High School and the Head Coach for the Depaul University Women's Club team.
GiniPera_thumbGini Pera - Gini attends Wheaton College, studying International Relations and Spanish along with playing on the club lacrosse team.  She graduated from New Trier and played on the varsity lacrosse team for 4 years under Pete Collins and Kristen Murray and varsity field hockey for 2 years.  She also played on the Wildcat Elite travel team for 5 years and  was a part of the Great Lakes National Team in 2011.  In addition to playing, Gini has been coaching IGLA for 5 years, and is really looking forward to working with Lakeshore this fall.
ReadRead Powell - Read grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio where she graduated from Hathaway Brown School in 2004.  She was a 4-year varsity field hockey and lacrosse player, and was captain of both teams her senior year.  Read went on to play DIII field hockey and lacrosse at Denison University in Granville, Ohio.  At Denison, Read received recognition for her athletic achievements including the 2007 DIII Senior All-Star Selection, NCAC Field Hockey Defensive Player of the Year, and the North Coast Athletic Conference Lacrosse 1st Team and All-Tournament Team.  In 2006, she also contributed to Denison's win of the North Coast Athletic Conference and appearance in the NCAA Tournament.  Read has worked at various field hockey and lacrosse camps and clinics around Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio, and is excited to start coaching lacrosse in the Chicago area.  Read moved to Chicago in June 2008, and currently works in the marketing department and coaches field hockey at North Shore Country Day School in Winnetka. 
nikki_thumbNikki Rung - Nikki grew up in Wooster, OH where she first started playing lacrosse in the 7th grade. She attended Wooster High School and played varsity lacrosse from her sophomore through her senior years. Her senior year she was named to the 1st team All-Region in Ohio. Nikki continued to play lacrosse at The College of Wooster where she started on the varsity team for 3 years in a row. During her senior year in college Nikki coached a team of 7th & 8th grade girls and conducted several mini camps for that age group. After college Nikki moved to St. Paul, MN where she played on a post-collegiate traveling team and assisted in coaching several high school teams. Since moving to Chicago in 2001, Nikki became involved with Lakeshore Lacrosse, helping with the fall tournament and playing with the Chicago Women’s Lacrosse Club as well as in the Lakeshore Lacrosse leagues and Travel teams.

bobbiesagan_thumbBobbie Sagan - Bobbie first started playing lacrosse in 1999 at Glenbook South High School. Her senior year, Bobbie was MVP, 2nd team All-State and a Senior All-Star. Bobbie attended college at Western Michigan University where she graduated with a degree in communications and Spanish. During those years she was captain as well as leading scorer. In 2006 she was named WCLL All-League player. Bobbie has also been a US Lacrosse Certified Official since 2003. Aside from coaching year round for Lakeshore and high schools in the area, Bobbie is a captain of Lakeshore's Adult Women's team and continues to spread her love of the game as much as possible.

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amandasimmerman_thumb Amanda Simerman - Amanda grew up in Old Greenwich, Connecticut, where she began playing lacrosse at age 11. Soon there after, she discovered a love for the goalie position, and there was no looking back.  As a high school goalie and varsity starter for three years, Amanda earned both All-State and All-American honors.  At Yale University, Amanda was a starting goalie for two years, and spent many summers throughout college coaching goalies at various camps across the Northeast. After college, she has played with a few post-collegiate teams - a men's team in CT and then a women's team in the DC/VA area and now the Lakeshore Women's Lacrosse team.  She is excited to be getting back to coaching after a few year hiatus and hopes to help young goalies get a solid technical foundation while helping them fall in love with the sport the way she has!
Jill Sullivan - Jill began playing lacrosse in 7th grade then attended Montini Catholic where she played for all 4 years. In 2009, was named 3rd team All-State and named All-Conference. She played for Lakeshore Lacrosse from 2005-2009 where she traveled to the Vail Shootout and Philadelphia. She continues to play lacrosse at the University of Kansas. Last season, the Jayhawks won the Central Plains Women's Lacrosse League. Jill is looking forward to sharing her love of lacrosse with Lakeshore!
sarahwalker_thumbSarah Walker - Sarah went to high school at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, IL where she started playing lacrosse in 2004. Sarah played travel and club lacrosse with Lakeshore throughout high school. Sarah went to Gettysburg College to play lacrosse but took up rugby for two years winning the Conference and placing second in Nationals. After transferring to the University of Missouri in 2009, Sarah started playing with the women's club team and earned a spot on the 1st Team All-Division. Sarah will graduate from the University of Missouri in May with a degree in Social Studies Education.
Helder WeilHelder Weil - Helder started playing lacrosse during her junior year in high school in Colorado, where she grew up. She played varsity goalie with the top ranked Colorado State University women's club team. In Chicago, she has taught Spanish at the middle and high school level and was head coach of the Neuqua Valley Wildcats in their first season. While working with Lakeshore, she has coached the Select and Travel teams as well as the annual pre-season goalie clinic. In addition to coaching, she is a certified US Lacrosse official holding a District rating and plays with the Lakeshore Women's Lacrosse Club. In her spare time Helder enjoys playing the guitar and volunteering.helder@lakeshorelacrosse.com
AllyYoung_thumbAlly Young - Ally grew up in Delaware where she was a captain and 4x All-State selection at Cape Henlopen High School, founding the LewesLax summer league upon graduation. She played for Hero's Lacrosse Club and was recruited by Syracuse University under Gary Gait. Ally has since coached for various youth programs, helped her alma mater secure its second State Championship, and led South Philadelphia High through its inaugural season. She recently moved to Chicago and is excited to begin building a program at Whitney Young High School while continuing her involvement with Lakeshore.

Founder of Lakeshore Lacrosse

bridgetolp_thumbBridget Olp - Bridget founded Lakeshore Lacrosse in 2003.  She is a nationally ranked official and officiates NCAA lacrosse throughout the country. She also founded the Illinois Girls Lacrosse Association (www.iglax.org) in 2006.  She is thrilled to promote girls' and women's lacrosse opportunities in the Chicagoland area.

Web Design and Management

Kerry KobeKerry Kobe - Kerry grew up playing lacrosse in Northern Virginia. She captained her high school lacrosse team in Arlington, VA and went on to play at the University of Notre Dame on the inagural Division I team, under current head coach Tracy Coyne. Since moving to Chicago in 1998 she has always been involved in lacrosse to some extent or another - as founding coach of the girls' program at Hinsdale Central HS, president of the Chicago-IL US Lacrosse Chapter and as a women's umpire. In addition to being the VP of Information Technology at an investment firm downtown, she freelances doing website and graphic design around the city. Kerry has her MBA from Northwestern Kellogg School of Management. She's thrilled to be involved in Lakeshore website and manages both the main site, the IGLA site and the various spinoffs as the company grows.  kerry.j.kobe@gmail.com