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.
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:
- Connecticut College
- Fairfield University
- Western Connecticut College
- Trinity College
- University of New Haven
- Southern Connecticut State University
- Coast Guard Academy
We also are lucky enough to have some of the finest high school coaches on our Staff:
- Daniel Hand High School
- Weston High School
- Cheshire High School
- Morgan High School
- Conard High School
Emily 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.
Megan, a 2003 graduate of Gettysburg College with a degree in history, was a member of the Gettysburg Women’s Lacrosse team 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 currently holds the Gettysburg College and Centennial Conference records for “Points in a Season” and “Goals in a Season” (2003). A Wilton, CT, native, Megan was a 12-time letter winner in soccer, basketball, tennis and lacrosse at Wilton High School. Since college, Megan has coached for the English Lacrosse Association in Manchester, England, and worked as Assistant Women’s Lacrosse Coach at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. Megan is currently Head Coach for Weston High School girls lacrosse program. In her first three years as head coach, Megan coached Weston Girls Lacrosse to the 2011 & 2013 Class S State Championships and the best season in program history in 2013(21-1). Megan was also named 2011 Class S Coach of the Year and 2013 CT Post’s All-Region Girls Lacrosse Coach of the year in honor of the team’s success.
Michelle Burt is a 2014 graduate from Colby College. During her time as a Mule goaltender, she was named Second Team All NESCAC and IWLCA Second Team All Region in 2012 and 2013. While apart of the team, CWL made it to the NESCAC championship finals twice, with Burt playing during one. The Mules also received bids to the D3 NCAA Championship tournament all four years, making it the the Elite 8 in two of the four years, and the Sweet 16 in the other two. Burt was in goal during the tournament in all four years. Aside from lacrosse, she also played four years of Field Hockey while at Colby. She has been coaching goalies with Nor'easter, as well as at both NESCAC and non-NESCAC camps, since 2011. Upon graduating from Cobly she has gone on to and is in the process of receiving a Masters in Marine Policy at the University of Delaware and continues to help with Nor'easter in her off time. Prior to college Michelle attended the Hotchkiss School in CT as a four-year varsity lacrosse player and three-year varsity field hockey player (goalie), was named Lacrosse Honorable Mention All American in her senior year, as well as winning two field hockey awards.
Lindsey is a native of Madison, Connecticut graduating from Daniel Hand High School. While at DHHS, she earned All conference and All-State honors. From there Lindsey went onto play lacrosse at division I power house Towson University, in Baltimore Maryland. She currently resides in Madison with her husband and three children and is the head Varsity coach at Morgan High School.
Cersosimo was a four-year letterwinner 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.
Two-time captain at the University of Connecticut (2010 - 2014), Jordan Christopher enters her second season as an assistant coach at Division I Central Connecticut State University under head coach Tanya Kotowicz. Christopher has spent the last five years coaching at the club level, her second with Nor’easter. Jordan graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in Psychology and Sociology. She was a member of the Big East All-Academic team and a member of the 1st University of Connecticut Women’s Lacrosse team to make an appearance in the NCAA tournament.
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.
Jen Fallon, the 2008 Inside Lacrosse Division II National Coach of the Year, enters her seventh season as the head coach of New Haven women’s lacrosse in the spring of 2013. The longest-tenured coach in program history, Fallon is the Chargers’ all-time leader with 67 career wins and a .632 winning percentage (67-39). In 2012, Fallon guided the Chargers to a 13-5 record and a national ranking as high as No. 6 from the IWLCA. 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. In that campaign, the Chargers won the Northeast-10 Conference Championship to garner the program’s first-ever NCAA Championship berth. 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 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, Conn., with additional duties in the areas of policy & curriculum and athletic game management. Fallon started her coaching career at her alma mater in 1997 as Sacred Heart University’s head women’s soccer coach from 1997-2000. 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.
Michelle Leong recently left behind the world of publishing and design in New York City to dedicate herself to teaching and coaching. She played goalie forThomas Worthington High School (Worthington, OH) from 1992 to 1996, where she was voted MVP her junior year, co-captain her senior year and twice reached the finals of the Midwest Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association tournament. She went on to play at Princeton University from 1997 to1998 where the team, during that time, captured an Ivy League title and qualified for the NCAA Division I tournament. She graduated in 2000 with an A.B. in Architecture. Michelle presently serves as Freshman Coach at Wilton High School and previously volunteered with NorwalkHigh School. Prior to joining Nor’easter, Michelle coached with the CT Cardinals in Middletown. She is currently attending Fairfield University and working towards a Master inSecondary Education and a Master in Mathematics and interning in Bridgeport Public Schools. She is USL Level 2 certified.
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.
Ruth is head coach of the women's lacrosse team at the Coast Guard Academy, a program that begin its inaugural season of competition as a varsity sport in the Spring of 2015. The Bears women's lacrosse program was elevated from club status and competes at the Division III level in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). Ness had been an assistant coach at Bowdoin College for the past two seasons before the Coast Guard Academy. The Polar Bears posted a record of 23-11 in those two seasons and advanced all the way to the Elite 8 in the 2013 NCAA Division III tournament. A native of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire and a 2005 graduate of the University of New England, Ness was the head women's lacrosse coach at Elms College in 2012 where she coached the conference Goalie and Rookie of the Year and helped the team improve in 14 out of 19 statistical categories from the previous season. Prior to her time at Elms, Ness had assistant coaching stints at Smith, Messiah and at the University of New England. From 2005-2007, she was a school coaching officer at Marlborough College in Marlborough, England. There she coached the women's lacrosse, field hockey and track & field teams and served as a teacher in the physical education program. While an undergraduate at the University of New England, Ness was a decorated two-sport athlete. In lacrosse, she was a four-year starter and four-time All-Commonwealth Coast Conference selection. In field hockey, she helped to start the school's program as a junior and served as a captain in both her junior and senior campaigns. She was named UNE's Female Athlete of the Year in 2005 and was the record holder for career points in both field hockey and lacrosse. Ness graduated from UNE with a degree in Art Educational Studies and owns a Master's in Exercise and Sport Studies from Smith.
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.
Betsy Sachs enters her second season as a Nor’easter coach in 2015. Betsy is an assistant women's lacrosse coach at the 2015 Division III national runner-up Trinity College in Hartford, CT. She is a two-time IWLCA All-American and 2014 First Team All-NESCAC honoree at her alma mater, Bowdoin College. Sachs completed her bachelor's degree at Bowdoin in May of 2014 and is pursuing a master's degree at Trinity in Public Policy. The Glenside, PA native was a captain for the Polar Bears in 2014 while double majoring in sociology and government and legal studies. In the spring of 2014, Betsy was the recipient of Bowdoin's Ellen Tiemer Women’s Lacrosse Trophy, which is awarded annually by vote of the team and coaching staff to the senior or junior woman who is judged to have brought the most credit to Bowdoin and to herself. Betsy was an assistant field hockey coach for the Trinity Bantams in 2014 and will continue to handle the game-day operations for that squad. Betsy also directs a youth lacrosse summer camp at Avon Old Farms School in Avon, Connecticut for GameBreaker Lacrosse.
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.
Kevin 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. In seven seasons, he has led the Tigers to five SCC regular-season championships, and has 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 start-up 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.
Maureen Spellman was named head coach of the Southern Connecticut State University women’s lacrosse program in August, 2013 and will begin her first season in that role in 2013-14. She spent the 2012-13 season as an assistant coach with the Owls and helped the squad match its single-season record for victories. 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.
Danielle Tammaro, a 2010 graduate from Southern Connecticut State University with a degree in Exercise Science 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.
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 frehman year and following that with Second Team All-NEC honors her sophomore year. During both her junior and senior year she was a First Team All-Northeast Conference selection. 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. In addition to her Nor’easter duties she is also an assistant coach at Newtown High School.
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.
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.
ALLIE ABACHERLIE (Lafayette college)
BRITTANY AST (university of new haven)
LAUREN COLE (Fairfield University)
AVERY GIORGIO (College of the Holy Cross)
MADISON HUGHes (central connecticut state university)
CAROLYNN KEAL (southern connecticut state university)
ERIN MAMMELE (Fairfield university)
Kara McHugh (marist college)
ALICIA MORTALI (university of new haven)
CAITLIN O'BRIEN (university of new haven)
RILEY SMITH (Fairfield University)
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 Massachusetts. Though she is no stranger to Connecticut as she was a former graduate of Conard High School, West Hartford.