Alumnae Collegiate Game Scores: 5/23 – 5/30

DI Tournament Semifinals

#1 Maryland beat #4 Syracuse 19-9

#3 North Carolina beat Penn State 12-11

DI Tournament Championship

#3 North Carolina beat #1 Maryland 13-7

DIII Tournament Semi Finals 

Middlebury beat SUNY Cortland 16-11

Trinity (Conn.) beat Franklin & Marshall 6-2

DIII Tournament Championship  

Middlebury beat Trinity (Conn.) 9-5

Coach Profiles: Suzanne Isidor, Tenacity Sacramento

Suzanne Isidor
Tenacity Sacramento 

This past weekend, the Penn State womens lacrosse team beat UPenn and earned themselves a trip to the NCAA D1 Final Four, where they’ll match up against UNC this Friday.  To celebrate, we’re featuring Suzanne Isidor on our blog!  As a player, Suzanne led the Nittany Lions to the NCAA semi-finals her senior year, earning regional All-American honors in the process.  Five years later, in 2000, she came back in a different leadership position: head coach.  After ten years as the coach of a competitive DI team, Suzanne made the move to Sacramento with her family.  Now, as a Tenacity coach, she continues to instill her love of the game in young players, bringing with her a deep understanding of what it takes to make it on and off the field.  


I grew up in Madison, New Jersey and when I was a little girl I went to the Drew Lacrosse Camps.  I didn’t realize it at the time, but you were the first coach I ever had who really knew what she was doing.  I imagine it’s a big adjustment to go from working with college teams to working with much younger girls, but you’ve been doing both for a long time now.  How does your approach change?  Does one help to inform the other?

The switch from coaching college players to youth players was an adjustment.  I have found that my coaching philosophy has not changed – I strive to combine hard work and having fun and expect the same of my players.  But how I go about achieving this has changed.  When players come to college, they already have a passion for the game and understand what work ethic means.  I’ve found that when working with the younger players, teaching and inspiring that passion for the game is a bigger part of my job.  Many of my youth players are just being introduced to lacrosse so it’s my job to help them discover the love of the game that I am lucky enough to have.


How did you become involved with Tenacity?  What brought you out to Sacramento?

I moved to Davis almost four years ago.  My husband got a job at UCDavis and we moved west with our three boys.  I have known Theresa Sherry since her playing days at Princeton.  I met with her a few times once we moved and was really impressed with her focus on growing the game and developing girls to be successful on and off the field.


You were a four year letter winner at Penn State, leading your team to the NCAA Semi-Finals your senior year.  How did it feel to go back and take on the coaching mantle at your alma mater?  

My return to Penn State as the Head Coach was exciting.  I was very honored and happy to be able to do what I love at a place that I love.  Coaching lacrosse at the college level was something that I knew I wanted to do and to be able to do it at the place that I was so invested in and gave me so many opportunities was really special.


Do you miss working with a college team?  And, on the flip side, what do you not miss about it?

I miss parts of being with a college team.  I enjoy competing at the highest level and working on a college campus.  I was lucky enough to have my dream job for ten years.   But at this point in my life I am loving working with younger kids and helping to develop the game in the Northern California.  I still get to be competitive, teach and have an impact on young girls without having as much travel and stress.


A lot of our Tenacity girls are going through the recruiting process, which can be really fun and really stressful.  What did you look for when you were recruiting?  What advice do you give the Sacramento girls you work with?

The recruiting process can be stressful and is getting even more stressful with the earlier recruiting.  My advice to student-athletes is to do as much “homework” as possible on schools before making a decision.  As a college coach, I looked for student-athletes that were well rounded.  We wanted players that would contribute on the field and off the field.  They needed to be good representatives of our team and university.  I was looking for players that worked hard, had fun and made the people around them better.  It isn’t enough to be a good individual player.  Lacrosse is a team sport and the best players make everyone around them better too.  


You were, at one point, chair of the Tewaarton Trophy committee.  Were you looking for the same kind of qualities?

During my time as the Chair of the Tewaarton Committee, we had the challenge of differentiating between so many talented lacrosse players.  One of the important qualities that we discussed was always the player’s impact on the team as a whole.  The player’s ability to lead the team to success was important.  This is the same quality many coaches look for when they are recruiting HS student-athletes.


We talk a lot about helping girls develop confidence and drive not only on the field, but in the classroom and in life.  How does a coach’s role transcend athletics?  Is there a particular coach that influenced not only the way you played, but the way you’ve approached other challenges?

As coaches we have the ability to have a huge impact/influence on our player’s lives – on and off the field.  There are so many opportunities in athletics to develop qualities that will help prepare them for challenges they will face later in life.  Confidence and tenacity are two important qualities to develop in young girls.

My college coach, Julie Williams, was a big influence on my life and my decision to be a college coach.  Early in my college career, I was struggling on the field.  I was in her office, feeling sorry for myself, and she took out a piece of paper and wrote down a quote by Eleanor Roosevelt.  “Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.”  It is something that has stuck with me and a quote I have passed on to different players in my career.

The Way of Tenacity Explodes In Northern California!

Northern California girl’s lacrosse players made a major statement this week with the launch of the Tenacity Select Team programs in four Bay Area locations.  The Tenacity staff evaluated over four hundred players, immediately facilitating the off season play for girls just finishing their youth recreational and high school seasons in the North Bay, Peninsula, and two areas in the East Bay.  The idea behind the Tenacity Select teams is based largely on the desire to provide competitive off season opportunities for girls younger than the Tenacity Elite teams, for girls interested in playing more locally, and for multi-sport athletes that cannot make year round commitments to lacrosse.  There are also a number of great athletes who picked up a stick for the first time this winter, so the May tryouts gave them time to develop into Select team candidates whereas Tenacity Elite teams were chosen in January.  Following the last tryouts in Folsom next week, there will be twenty new teams operating under the Tenacity Project umbrella, serving about five hundred girls.

“It took us eight years to get to twenty Tenacity Elite teams (formerly BearLax),” says founder Theresa Sherry.  “This is a huge step forward for girl’s lacrosse in northern California.  The summer leagues and camps are also fun, but for top youth and high school players, we feel that development through teams is effective because of the camaraderie created between coaches and teammates pursuing common goals.”

Over a dozen Tenacity coaches work with youth and high school programs throughout the spring in the areas where they coach for Tenacity programs.  Tenacity Project National Director, Wendy Kridel says, “Having a core group of expert coaches who are connected in the regions where they are working, adds to the connection between players and coaches that helps build passion for the sport in each of those areas.”

The Tenacity Project is on a mission to use sports as a vehicle for teaching valuable life lessons to girls of all ages throughout the country.  Driving an increase in participation and parity in girl’s lacrosse is a key to achieving these goals, but working with large numbers of people does not come without its challenges.  “What makes this Tenacity staff special is the way each coach invests time and energy into knowing as many girls as possible in their region,” says Sherry.  “This is really a year round effort, not something that can happen in three days, and I was struck this week by the amount of care and consideration our coaches put into forming these teams.  I have heard it said that overnight success is ten years in the making, and in this case, I think the launch of these programs was a few years in the making, though it may look like something we pulled off in one week.”

The Tenacity Select teams will practice and compete in June and July, and a fall season will start with tryouts in late August and go until mid-November.

The last summer tryout will be at Folsom Middle School on Thursday, June 2nd from 6-8pm, and prospects can register HERE.

20 Tenacity Players Honored in West Bay Athletic League All

Congratulations to all of our Tenacity Bay Area Players who received this honor! These players truly exemplify our Work Hard principle! #PlayWithTenacity


Attacker of the Year
Grace Tully, Menlo-Atherton
Midfielder of the Year
Libby Muir, Sacred Heart Prep
Defender of the Year

Juliana Clark, Sacred Heart Prep
Goalkeeper of the Year
Samantha Gamey, Menlo-Atherton

1st Team
Logan Aitken, Burlingame

Emma Briger, Sacred Heart Prep
Sally Carlson, Menlo-Atherton
Taylor DeGroff, Castilleja
Cameron Gordon, Sacred Heart Prep
Emma Johnson, Sacred Heart Prep
Nikky Price, Menlo
Isabelle Rigonini, Menlo-Atherton
Chelsea Sahami, Menlo
Olivia Smith, Sacred Heart Prep
Alena Stern, Menlo
Kailey Wachhorst, Sacred Heart Prep
Ashlyn Wray, Sequoia

2nd Team
Anika Adzich, Castilleja

Allison Carter, Sacred Heart Prep
Emma Easton, Menlo-Atherton
Kaitlin Frangione, Menlo
Grace Johnson, Sacred Heart Prep
Allison Liddle, Menlo
Annie Payne, Menlo-Atherton
Victoria Smith, Burlingame
Indira Varma, Menlo
Teagan Webb, Sequoia
Celeste Woloshyn, Castilleja
Kelly Woods, Menlo-Atherton

Honorable Mention
Elisabeth Carhart, Menlo-Atherton

Ellie Chen, Castilleja
Hannah Dosen, Sequoia
Grace Kober, Burlingame
Nicole Priestley, Menlo
Pippa Thompson, Sacred Heart Prep
Lauren Traum, Castilleja 


Attacker of the Year
Juliana Stahr, Aragon
Midfielder of the Year
Kate McDowall, Woodside
Defender of the Year
Alayna Richmond, Harker
Goalkeeper of the Year
Nikki Manese, Woodside

1st team
Sophia Ashworth, Woodside

Kassandra Barrientos, Woodside
Emma Clarke, Aragon
Caroline Concilla, Carlmont
Izzy deWood, Carlmont
Mary Fitzgerald, Aragon
Shannon Grady, Mercy Burlingame
Samantha Kling, Notre Dame
Gaby Navarro, Aragon
Macie Nessi, Woodside
Mariah Pechina, Mercy Burlingame
Diana Servin, Woodside
Jillian Shaw, Woodside

2nd team
Katia Ajam, Mercy Burlingame

Erica Contreras, Woodside
Lillian Dies, Carlmont
Gabi Dimick, Carlmont
Alyssa Fine, Carlmont
Julianna Glafkides, Aragon
Louise Hardiman, Mercy Burlingame
Allie Kotowitz, Aragon
Annie Martin, Aragon
Elise Mayer, Harker
Kathleen Napier, Mercy Burlingame
Avery Wagoner, Notre Dame
Sarah Weller, Woodside

Honorable Mention
Megan Becken, Mercy Burlingame

Sandra Contreras, Woodside
Kate Fitzgerald, Aragon
Katie Hill, Carlmont
Taylor Iantosca, Harker
Natasha Mayor, Harker
Sana Shah, Notre Dame

Full Article Here:

High School and Youth End of the Year Updates

DI Northern California HS

#1 Novato beat #5 Oak Ridge 17-7
#2 Monte Vista beat #7 Granite Bay 12-11

Championship: Novato won the Championship against Monte Vista 10-9

DII Northernern California HS

#4 Piedmont beat #1 Christian Brothers 11-6
#2 University beat #3 Miramonte 12-10

Championship: University won the Championship against Piedmont 8-7

DI Oregon HS

#1 West Linn beat #5 Jesuit 19-8
#2 Lake Oswego beat #3 OES 14-11

Championship: West Linn vs. Lake Oswego 5/25 @ 8:00PM

Youth Update- NCJLA

NCJLA Girls High School Division|
Alameda Attack – 1st
Napa Force – 2nd

U15A Division
Pleasanton Pride – 1st
Diablo Scorpion Venom – 2nd

U15B Division Flight Winners
Granite Bay Grizzlies Silver
Pleasanton Pride

U13A Division
Diablo Scorpion Sting – 1st
Lamorinda Flash – 2nd

U13B Division Flight Winners
El Dorado Hills Blue
Alameda Attack
SF Riptide Orange
Pleasant Grove Eagles

U11B Division Flight Winners
West Valley Red Hawks Black
Monterey Tribe
Santa Cruz Co Warriors
Folsom Falcons

This is Tenacity to Me: CEO, Theresa Sherry reflects on the Spring Season

Northern California lacrosse- We are DOING IT! I’m just home from a night of watching NCS Championship games at Novato High School and Kezar Stadium where winners were decided in the waning seconds of thriller contests. Five years ago I watched playoff games that were over by halftime but this week I witnessed three Championship games decided by one goal: Sacred Heart Prep /Menlo, Novato/Monte Vista, and University/Piedmont. Even the earlier rounds displayed the greater parity in the level of play in northern California with Granite Bay High School, Oak Ridge High School, and Christian Brothers making it to the Semi-Finals of NCS in Divisions 1 and 2. 

A lot of things have come full circle for me this past year, and I think I’m reflecting partly because spring seasons are ending, but with the name change to Tenacity for our girl’s lacrosse programs, I think it’s also part of the transition. The last BearLax class is graduating- the awesome class of 2016, and many of them were on our first teams in northern California (and in Houston for that matter). We also now see more BearLax alumni coaching after graduating from college, and the way they are passing on the game is incredible (Shout out to Rachael Martinez, Chelsea Randel, Megan Canales, Emily Klein, Annie Ostergard, and Molly O’Mahoney). I am most proud of the WAY our girls and coaches are doing it. The sportsmanship between players, the positivity from parents and fans, and the savvy game management- it’s fantastic, and so great for our sport here in NorCal.

This spring I watched my former boss at Cal officiating a game at Stanford (Jill Malko), a predecessor at Cal officiating a high school championship game tonight (Mary Beth Todd), and my own high school coach won a championship for Sacred Heart Prep after moving from Baltimore less than a year ago (Wendy Kridel). Former college All Americans and National Champions have daughters playing on youth and high school teams here in northern California, and are helping to drive this sport forward while attempting to maintain a sanity to it that has seemed to escape other youth sports in our state.

One of the most important things I learned from Wendy when I played for her in high school (and on the U19 team), was to embrace your opponent and to essentially wish them well so that they would make us better. Then when we won, we were beating our opponent at their best, and we were pushed to play our best to earn that win.

This week I saw grit in individual players, sportsmanship and camaraderie in entire teams, poise in officials, and passion in coaches. And most importantly, I saw all of these people pushing each other to be better and to earn their successful moments. This is Tenacity to me, and I am very grateful to be able to watch these Tenacity stories unfold. We have not arrived, and in many ways we have just begun, but we are doing it here in northern California- let’s keep it going with heart and hustle! #PlayWithTenacity #LiveWithTenacity

Written By: Theresa Sherry
May 20th, 2016


Alumnae Collegiate Game Scores: 4/18- 4/24

NCAA First Round Tournament Results

#11 Penn beat Wagner 17-7
#12 UMass beat #14 Princeton 13-12 (OT)
#19 Johns Hopkins beat #18 Virginia 12-10
#15 Penn State beat Winthrop 16-6
#6 Stony Brook beat Boston College 11-9
#16 Duke beat #20 Loyola 14-8
#17 Towson beat Old Dominion 16-5
#8 Stanford beat James Madison 9-8
#13 Northwestern beat #9 Louisville 15-5
#10 Cornell beat Canisius 15-5

NCAA Second Round Tournament Results

#1 Maryland beat #19 Johns Hopkins 14-8
#12 UMass beat #10 Cornell 7-6
#11 Penn beat #17 Towson 12-4
#15 Penn State beat #2 Florida 14-13 (OT)
#3 North Carolina beat #16 Duke 15-10
#5 Syracuse beat #6 Stony Brook 7-6
#7 Notre Dame beat #13 Northwestern 15-3
#4 USC beat #8 Stanford 14-8

Alumni news

Stanford: Allie DaCar (‘14) had 3 saves, Laura Klein (‘13) had a ground ball and an assist in their close win over James Madison. DaCar (’14) had 5 saves during their loss to USC.