Our greatest assets are our staff...
MEET THE FOUNDERS:
Co-Director AND COACH
Midfield / Attack Specialist
The 2003 Yale University captain, Clarke returned to coach for five seasons on the Bulldog staff. As a senior, she helped lead Yale to the NCAA Tournament and was named IWLCA / US Lacrosse Regional Second Team All-American. She also earned multiple All-Ivy honors during her career. Clarke was selected to the Academic All-American Team her senior year. Clarke is fifth on Yale’s career goals scored list with 114. She joined Madison Youth Lacrosse in 2004 and ran a winter training program for them, as well as coaching girl’s grades 3 - 8 in the spring. Clarke served Head Coach of the Loomis Chaffee Varisty team from 2014 - 2016, was named US Lacrosse Coach of the Year in 2016 & currently volunteers for the women's lacrosse program at Fairfield University.
Co-Director AND COACH
A 2000 graduate of Princeton University, Laura was named Head Coach at Fairfield University in July of 2015. Before Fairfield, Laura was named the Interim Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach at Yale University in the fall of 2007 and coached for seven seasons at Yale University before joining the Fairfield University Staff in 2008. A three-time All-Ivy pick for the Tigers, Field played in two NCAA final eight games as well as the National Championship her senior year. She also won an Ivy League championship and ranks fourth on Princeton’s overall career saves list. She has worked as a youth coach for Madison girls and coaches throughout the summer at some of the most competitive recruiting camps on the east coast.
MEET THE COACHES:
Nor’easter Lacrosse is the only Connecticut club program directed and coached by college coaches. Only the finest college coaches, college players, and high school coaches work with our members. Coaches with a history of teaching the game at it’s highest level and being able to break the game down for any ambitious, athletic, and talented high school or youth player!
Our college coaches come from institutions all over Connecticut:
- Central Connecticut State University
- University of New Haven
- Southern Connecticut State University
- Coast Guard Academy
- Connecticut College
- Fairfield University
- Quinnipiac University
- University of New Haven
- UCONN (players)
We also are lucky enough to have some of the finest high school coaches on our Staff:
- Conard High School
- Loomis Chaffee School
- Kingswood-Oxford School
- Pomperague High School
- Daniel Hand High School
- Cheshire High School
- Choate Rosemary Hall
- Hamden Hall Country Day School
Maureen Spellman is is in her fourth season as head coach of the Southern Connecticut State University women’s lacrosse program in 2016-17 after one year on the Owls’ sidelines as an assistant coach. In that time, she has led the program to its most successful five-year stretch in school history. The Owls finished the 2015 season by matching a program single-season record for victories. SCSU was highly competitive, losing eight contests by a combined total of 14 goals. Two Owls were named to the NE-10 All-Rookie Team, with two earning academic honors from the IWLCA for their work in the classroom. The women’s lacrosse team enjoyed its most successful campaign in program history in 2014. The Owls closed the year with four victories. Jennifer McCarthy was named to the Northeast-10 Conference All-Rookie Team, while Erica Martino was named to the NE-10 Women’s Lacrosse All-Academic Team. In addition, SCSU had 16 student-athletes recognized for their work in the classroom as selections to the Northeast-10 Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll. Spellman joined the Owls after a decorated four-year career as a goalie for the University of New Haven. The Chargers’ all-time saves leader, she was a two-time All-Region and All-Northeast-10 Conference pick during her time at UNH. Additionally, Spellman earned WomensLacrosse.com Division II All-Rookie Team honors along with Northeast-10 Goalkeeper of the Year laurels in her rookie season. She ranked among the NCAA leaders in goals against average as a freshman and senior and in save percentage as a junior and senior. Spellman also ranked among the NCAA leaders in saves as a junior.
Jen Fallon, the 2008 Inside Lacrosse Division II National Coach of the Year, enters her 11th season as the head coach of New Haven women’s lacrosse in the spring of 2017. The longest-tenured coach in program history, Fallon is the Chargers’ all-time leader with 123 career wins and a .668 winning percentage (123-61). The 2016 squad earned an NCAA Tournament berth for the third consecutive season. Fallon guided her players to seven All-Conference nominations and seven IWLCA awards. In 2015, the program continued to excel, qualifying for its second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance as Fallon once against garnered Northeast-10 Conference Coach of the Year accolades. Behind Northeast-10 Conference Coach of the Year honors for Fallon, the 2014 campaign tied a program-record for wins (16) and set a new record with an 11-1 NE-10 slate. The Chargers’ postseason run began with their second appearance in the Northeast-10 Conference Championship Game and finished in their second NCAA Division II quarterfinal appearance. Playing one of the toughest schedules in the nation in 2013, the Chargers finished with a record of 12-7 and climbed as high as No. 8 in the national rankings. In 2012, Fallon was recognized by her peers as the conference’s Coach of the Year for the second time in four seasons as a member of the NE-10. Fallon previously earned NE-10 Coach of the Year laurels in 2009 – New Haven’s first season as a member of the prestigious Division II conference. The 2008 campaign saw Fallon named the Inside Lacrosse Division II National Coach of the Year in her second season at the helm after leading the Chargers to the program’s first-ever winning campaign with a then-program-record 14 victories and just three losses. Fallon, was also named the East Coast Conference Coach of the Year in this season. Fallon took over the Chargers’ program in 2007 and, in her first spring at New Haven, matched the program record with seven victories. Before coming to New Haven, Fallon served as the head girls’ lacrosse coach and physical education teacher at Greens Farms Academy in Westport, CT. Fallon started her coaching career at her alma mater in 1997 as Sacred Heart University’s head women’s soccer coach from 1997-2000. Fallon also served as the school’s assistant compliance coordinator for two years while coaching. As a collegiate lacrosse player, Fallon was a three-time Division II All-America selection (1994-96) and is Sacred Heart’s all-time scoring leader with 264 career points. She scored 212 career goals with 52 assists and, in her All-America seasons, posted three of the school’s top-four single-season point totals. She is 20th on the Division II national career scoring list, and is ninth all-time in goals scored.
Betsy Vendel joins the Southern Connecticut State University Owls after spending a season as an assistant coach at the United States Coast Guard Academy. Prior, she was a four-year member of the squad at Central Connecticut State, a career that was capped by earning the Gail Rutz Award as the school's Outstanding Female Athlete. A native of CT, Vendel led Newtown High to SWC Championship for four straight years and in 2009 was named Most Valuable Player of SWC Championship Game. She was a two-time All-SWC honoree and twice earned Connecticut Division 1 All-State honors. Vendel was named Connecticut Post Player of the Year in 2009 and left Newtown High with the record for career points. Vendel continued that success at CCSU earning Rookie of the Year honors during her freshman year and following that with Second Team All-NEC honors her sophomore year. She was a three-time All-Conference selection and the Northeast Conference Rookie of the Year as a freshman. Vendel holds the school record for career points at 186 points, the school record for career Assists at 99 and the school record for career draw controls at 174.
Anne Murray was named the Associate Head Coach of Fairfield Women’s Lacrosse in July of 2017. Murray most recently coached at her alma mater, Princeton University, where she helped guide the Tigers to an NCAA postseason appearance in each of her five campaigns in New Jersey. Murray was a member of Chris Sailer's coaching staff at Princeton from 2013-17 as the Tigers claimed four Ivy League Regular Season Championships and two Ivy League Tournament Championships in that span. Princeton's five NCAA postseason berths during Murray’s tenure included three trips to the Second Round and two appearances in the National Quarterfinals as the Tigers compiled a total of 64 wins with Murray on the sidelines. Before venturing back to Old Nassau, Murray garnered Division I coaching experience at Mount St. Mary's, Virginia Tech and Rutgers. As a student-athlete at Princeton, Murray took the field for 51 games on attack. The Tigers earned a berth in the NCAA Championship in all four of those seasons, highlighted by three appearances in the National Quarterfinals. Murray earned a bachelor's degree in history from Princeton in 2009. Anne Murray will lead the Nor'easter youth program working closely with grades 4 - 6 players.
Megan Cersosimo was a four-year letter winner for the University of Connecticut. She was named All-BIG EAST second team as a senior and to the North Regional All-American Team and she won the UConn Club Award for Outstanding Senior Athlete in 2001. Megan was a captain in her junior and seniors years and left as the school career record holder in games started, ground balls and draw controls. Cersosimo was a 4 year letter winner in soccer and lacrosse at Great Valley HS in Malvern, PA. Her extensive coaching experience includes being an assistant Coach at UCONN from 2001 to 2006, the head coach at UCONN from 2006 to 2008 after which she became, and remains, the head coach at Conard High School. Megan was named the Class L Coach of the Year in 2015 and US Lacrosse Coach of the Year in 2017.
Megan Murphy Borman began coaching the Loomis Chaffee varsity girls lacrosse team in the spring of 2015. In Megan’s first season at the helm, the team won the Founders League and the Western New England championships. In 2016, the team had a perfect season with a record of 17-0, and Megan and co-coach Clarissa Clarke were named 2016 U.S. Lacrosse Connecticut High School Lacrosse Coach of the Year. Megan spent four years as the head coach of the Weston (Conn.) High School girls lacrosse program. Over her tenure at Weston, Megan coached the team to two Class S State Championships (2011, 2013) and the best season in program history in 2013 (21-1). Megan also was named 2011 Class S Coach of the Year and 2013 CT Post’s All-Region Girls Lacrosse Coach of the Year. Megan graduated in 2003 from Gettysburg College with a degree in history. She was a member of the Gettysburg women’s lacrosse team and was named a two-time IWLCA National All-American, three-time Regional All-American, three-time All-Conference player, Conference Player of the Year, and Offensive Player of the Year by Inside Lacrosse Magazine. Megan was inducted into Hall of Athletic Honor for Women’s Lacrosse in 2014 at Gettysburg College.
Kevin Siedlecki is in his first year as an assistant coach with the Southern Connecticut State women's lacrosse program. Siedlecki has been the head coach of Daniel Hand High School since 2009, where he has compiled a record of 103-41. Before that, he was assistant coach at Bethlehem Central, in New York. n seven seasons, he has led the Tigers to five SCC regular-season championships and three SCC tournament championships. Under Siedlecki, the Tigers have been to the Class M State Championship game twice. He was named New Haven Register Coach of the Year in 2011, and Southern Connecticut Conference Coach of the Year and CIAC Class M Coach of the Year in 2015, after the Tigers accomplished the best record in program history at 20-2. From the Daniel Hand program, athletes have gone on to play at all levels of collegiate lacrosse, from startup club programs to highly competitive Division I schools. Kevin is also an English teacher at Daniel Hand High School, where he graduated in 2002. He holds two bachelor's degrees from Union College, one in English and one in Music, and an MS in English from Southern Connecticut State.
Dan Warburton has been the head coach at Cheshire High School since 2002. During his time at Cheshire, he has compiled a record of 202-76-3. In fourteen seasons, Warburton has led the Rams to seven SCC regular season championships and six SCC tournament championships. In 2012, Warburton led Cheshire to a 20-3 record and the Class L State Championship game. The Rams have also made three Class L Semi-Final games during his tenure. Warburton was named Connecticut Class L Coach of the Year in 2011 and New Haven Register Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2012. Cheshire lacrosse players are well represented in the collegiate game, playing at many levels. Former players have been recognized as captains of their collegiate teams, and been honored with awards such as conference rookie of the year and collegiate All-American. Dan Warburton has been a teacher in the Technology Education department at Cheshire High School for the past 16 years. He holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Technology Education, as well as a second Master's degree in Educational Technology from Central Connecticut State University. Warburton also has a 6th-Year degree in Educational Leadership from Sacred Heart University.
Emily Anderson is welcomed to Hamden Hall Country Day School as Head Coach of the women's lacrosse program. Prior, Anderson, midfielder with the UConn Women’s Lacrosse Program appeared in all 16 games as a freshman. Additionally, Anderson led all freshmen with eight points on seven goals and one assist to go with 20 draw controls. She notched three goals against No. 18 Boston College (March 2) and tallied two goals and three draw controls against Sacred Heart (March 16). Prior to UConn, she earned an Honorable Mention All-American by U.S. Lacrosse, she was tabbed All-State three times in her high school career. Anderson was named First Team All-Conference, team MVP and New Haven Register All-Area three times. She finished her career as the school record holder with 245 goals and being named Academic All-American, she led her senior squad to an undefeated conference championship. Anderson graduated in the top-10 in her high school class and was a member of the National Honor Society.
Jordan Christopher enters her first season as an assistant coach at Quinnipiac in 2017. Christopher previously served as an assistant for Kotowicz at Central Connecticut State University from 2014 through the 2016 season. Christopher was part of the CCSU coaching staff that developed two All-Northeast Conference First Team and five All-NEC Second Team selections, as well as two All-Rookie Team honorees from 2014 through 2016. Under Christopher’s guidance, CCSU featured 13 NEC Spring Academic Honor Roll members as well as eight Travelers Athletic Directors All-Academic Team selections. In addition to posting the highest cumulative grade-point average in program history, the Blue Devils were also named a IWLCA Division I Academic Honor Squad in 2015 and 2016. In addition to her role at Central Connecticut State, Christopher also served as the head coach with the Philly Blast Lacrosse Club team from 2012 to 2014 and the Nor’easter Lacrosse Club team from 2014 to the present. A four-year letter winner at UConn, Christopher was a two-time captain in 2013 and 2014. A BIG EAST All-Academic selection, she also served on the Women’s Lacrosse Leadership Council in 2011 and 2012. In 2013, she was also part of the first team in UConn women’s lacrosse history to advance to the NCAA Tournament.
Danielle Tammaro currently serves as Head Coach of the Pomperaug women's lacrosse program. In 2017, she guided the Pomperaug program to earning the runner-up position in the Class M division. A 2010 graduate from Southern Connecticut State University with a degree in Exercise Science, Tammaro was a four year starter on the women's Lacrosse team. During her career as a Owl, she lead the team in ground ball pick ups as well as caused turnovers. She was honored with student-athlete achievement awards for three consecutive years and served as team captain her senior year. Upon graduation, in 2010, Tammaro began working as a Physical Education teacher within Region 15 Schools and earned an M.S. in Human Nutrition from the University of New Haven. Tammaro, a 2006 graduate from Cheshire High School, has gained coaching experience by working with Daniel Hand High School and various camps and clinics across the state. Tammaro is entering her first year as the head girls' lacrosse coach at Pomperaug High School.
Courtney DeStefano, 2009 graduate of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. DeStefano was a four-year member of the varsity women’s team and a three year starting goalkeeper for the Thoroughbreds. DeStefano won Liberty-League All-Academic honors in each of her four years at Skidmore and participated in the Liberty League semi-final championship as a first-year player. DeStefano played four years on the Moses Brown School (Providence, RI) varsity squad, captaining the team as a senior. She earned First Team All-State honors her junior year and Second Team All-State honors as a senior. DeStefano is currently the head coach for the girls varsity lacrosse program at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, CT.
Taylor, a 2015 graduate of CCSU played 2 years D1 lacrosse at Winthrop University in South Carolina in the Big South conference and 1 season at CCSU. Her senior year she studied abroad in Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Taylor graduated from Glastonbury High in 2011, a 4 year varsity field hockey starter, 2 year captain and State Championship team member. She played 4 years varsity lacrosse, was a captain, all conference, first team all state and one of Hartford Courant's top attackers. She was a varsity assistant coach for GHS in 2014, the team made the state championship. She has coached at various camps and this is her 3rd year with Nor'easter.
Ariana Parker is a 2014 graduate of the University at Albany. During her career as a midfielder, she was named an IWLCA Northeast Region pick on three occasions, a four time America East All Tournament honoree, Four-time America East All-conference selection and two-time conference All-Academic pick. In 2011, she earned National Rookie of the Week honors by womenslax.com and in 2013 was named to the Tewaaraton Watch List and preseason All American team. She has also tried out for the U.S Women’s National Team on two occasions (2011, 2015). Ariana concluded her career as Albany’s all-time leader in career starts and games played. She also ranks fifth all-time in ground balls and third in caused turnovers, goals, as well as points. Ariana graduated from the University at Albany with a degree in Psychology and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the University of New Haven where she is the graduate assistant for the Women’s Lacrosse Team. Ariana has also worked with Albany Elite and Hudson Valley Hustle lacrosse squads. A native of Kingston, NY- Ariana graduated from Kingston High School where she also lettered in basketball and field hockey.
Jessica Shaw graduated from Southern Connecticut State University in 2014 where she was a four year member of the Owls Women's Lacrosse team. During this time, she received Northeast-10 Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll honoree, Rookie of the Year in '10 and was named captain her junior and senior year. As an Owl, Jess was a stat leader in goals, assists, ground balls and draw controls. Jess is currently the head varsity coach at Jonathan Law High School where she started the program in '14. She is also the girls lacrosse director at the Field House in Fairfield where she runs lacrosse clinics throughout the school year. Before college, Jess attended Beverly High School in Massachusetts where she played Soccer, Basketball and Lacrosse.
Kim Williams is head coach of Wesleyan women's lacrosse program. She becomes the eighth head coach for the Cardinals over their 40-year varsity history. She began her tenure in 2015 as an adjunct assistant professor of physical education and head women's lacrosse coach at Wesleyan. Kim came to Wesleyan after two seasons as head coach at Stockton University in New Jersey, three seasons as an assistant coach at Colby College in Waterville, Me., and four seasons as a stellar competitor at C.W. Post University in Brookville, NY. Bringing the Ospreys at Stockton into their first varsity season in 2014, Kim met with immediate success behind a 16-4 victory over Notre Dame (Md.) in the team's varsity opener. Stockton posted a 10-5 record in 2014 and featured the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Rookie of the Year. The Ospreys followed up with a 10-6 mark in 2015 while boasting the NJAC Goaltender of the Year. Thus Kim brings a career 20-11 record as a head coach with her to Wesleyan. Kim began her college coaching career with the Mules of Colby from 2011-13 as Colby qualified for the NCAA Division III tournament each year and amassed a brilliant 43-13 overall record, including a 22-7 mark against New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) rivals. After a tremendous high-school playing career at West Morris (NJ), where she earned third-team all-state recognition, Kim played four seasons at C.W. Post, helping Post reach the NCAA Division II tournament each year with one title and three other appearances in the Final Four. Kim was recognized as an IWLCA All-American three times along with IWLCA Division II Defender of the Year accolades as a sophomore and Womenslacrosse.com Division II Midfielder of the Year recognition as a senior. She also earned first-team all-conference accolades three times.
KILEY ANDERSON (University of Massachusetts)
Brinley Anderson (University of Massachusetts)
RILEY SMITH (Fairfield University)
ERIN MAMMELE (Fairfield University)
Anna Mesham (Sacred Heart University)
Sydney Cowell (Quinnipiac University)
ALLIE ABACHERLIE (Lafayette college)
AVERY GIORGIO (College of the Holy Cross)
CAROLYNN KEAL (southern connecticut state university)
Kara McHugh (marist college)
Alex Jarvis (Gettysburg College)
ALICIA MORTALI (university of new haven)
CAITLIN O'BRIEN (university of new haven)
BRITTANY AST (university of new haven)
SAMANTHA CLYNE (Amity Youth Lacrosse | University of New Haven)
Amy Archambault - REMBY (ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR):
Amy Archambault Remby is a 2008 graduate from the College of the Holy Cross. During her career as a Crusader, she was named the 2005 Patriot League Rookie of the Year and earned first-team and second-team All-Patriot League honors for consecutive years. She played on two Patriot League championship teams that earned automatic bids to the NCAA Championships in 2006 and 2007. After the 2007 season, she was invited to play for the USA Athletes International team competing in Australia. In 2008, she received the John A. Meegan Athletic Achievement Award from the College’s Varsity Club. Upon graduation, in 2009, Archambault - Remby served as a Volunteer Assistant at Trinity College while continuing to work with Nor’easter Lacrosse. While in pursuit of a Masters of Fine Arts degree at the University of Pennsylvania, she served as a Strength and Conditioning Assistant in 2010 and Volunteer Assistant for the Women’s Lacrosse Ivy League Champions in 2011. Summer of 2011, she was named Head Coach of the USA Athletes International team competing in Germany and earned 2nd place in the Berlin Open. Archambault - Remby is currently Studio Supervisor and Lecturer at College of the Holy Cross and resides in Simsbury, CT. She was a graduate of Conard High School in West Hartford, CT.