Everyone’s a Senior: St. Mary’s Lacrosse

Everyone’s a Senior


With a whisper, the Saint Mary’s College Athletic Department announced the “reclassification” of the NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse program to a club program following the 2017 season.  The decision, the announcement, and the communication to the community have been unimpressive at best, but this program deserves much more after the blood, sweat, and tears the student-athletes on the teams over the years have put into representing their college.  

This 2017 team is resilient in a way that the first Saint Mary’s Lacrosse teams had to be, and everyone should know what this program has been about from the very beginning.  This class of 2017 is a special group that has been through a great deal of adversity in their four years, including 3 coaching changes, reduced scholarships, and a number of issues both on and off the field.  Now their teammates join them as honorary seniors in their final three games, as many of them are now playing their final season of college sports.  

In our Tenacity programs, we talk to the girls about doing their best when no one’s watching- how they train, how they study, how to represent themselves, and how they become a champion.  The 2017 Gaels have often acted more like adults than those who were meant to serve and protect them, and one of the most amazing things to watch has been the way these young women have taken care of each other and remained staunchly loyal to the school.  They have figured out how to separate the injustices they may feel have been done, from their whole experience at the school- and a number of the girls may actually stay to finish their careers as Gaels.  Hopefully ALL of them will have immediate opportunities to find new homes as varsity student-athletes at other institutions if they so choose, but the bond that this year’s team will have- this team of 20 seniors- will be something that lasts them a lifetime.  

There are so many incredible individuals who have been involved in Saint Mary’s Lacrosse who have also been driving forces in the growth of the sport in northern California, including women like Jill Malko, Jenn Morris, Diane Whipple, and Amy Harms.  

In August of 1999, the school announced the elevation of the team from club to varsity status and in articles at the time, the hard work of the athletes is celebrated, “The team has worked very hard for this opportunity and we are very pleased to have the chance to compete at the Division I level,” said club head coach Jennifer Morris. (smcgaels.com, release 8/23/1999)

In January of 2001, the Gaels Head Coach at the time, Dianne Whipple, was killed tragically, and the northern California lacrosse community pulled together to take care of the young women on the team then too.  The alumni from this program- from that era through today- have continued to honor Diane’s memory by coaching, officiating, and contributing to youth and high school lacrosse, but most importantly, they’ve stayed connected with each other.  

I hope that the legacy lives on, and that the current team can once again draw strength from their lacrosse community.  Nothing can take from them the gifts sports and their teammates have given them, because these things last a lifetime.  

So now everyone’s a senior… so let’s celebrate this amazing group of young women. SHOW UP AND CHEER THEM ON this Saturday on Senior Night at 5pm!  2017 schedule

From the Archives:

Varsity Announcement

Diane Whipple hiring

Diane Whipple Death

First Win of 2017

Written By Theresa Sherry
April 12th, 2017

Alumnae Collegiate Game Scores: 4/3 – 4/9

In a Big East match up this past week, Temple pulled out the win over Villanova 13-11. Tenacity Alumnae, Carlin Isaacson, scored 2 goals while notching 1 assist, 1 ground ball, 1 draw control, and 1 caused turnover for Villanova.

Over the weekend, Claremont took on Redlands with a win of 13-7. Claremont’s Evan Murphy scored 2 goals while adding in 1 assist, 3 ground balls, 2 draw controls, and 1 caused turnover. Teammate Kira Weiss added in 5 ground balls.

Stanford fell to #6 ranked Colorado 8-13. Stanford’s Allie DaCar had a stellar day in goal recording 14 saves in 60 minutes of play with a save percentage of 51%. Kyra Pelton added in 1 ground ball for Stanford.

USC defeated San Diego State 15-3. Gabby Klein picked up 2 ground balls for the Trojan’s while also adding in 2 caused turnovers. SDSU’s Morgan Taylor recorded 1 ground ball and 1 caused turnover for her team.

UC Davis beat Fresno State 16-7 over the weekend. The Aggie’s Kate Fellner had a big day against Fresno State scoring 3 goals, 2 assists, 4 ground balls, and 3 draw controls. Also scoring for the Aggie’s was Amanda Outcalt with 2 goals and 1 ground ball.

On Saturday, Longwood lost to High Point 8-19. Longwood’s Cassie Angeles scored 1 goal while recording 3 ground balls and 1 draw control.

Alumnae Collegiate Game Scores: 3/27 – 4/2

In USC’s double header this weekend, the Trojan’s, walked away with two wins over Fresno State (21-5) and California (21-4) .The Trojan’s Gabby Klein combined for 3 goals, 1 assist, 3 ground balls, 4 draw controls and 1 caused turnover during the weekend while teammate Ashley Hill added 2 goals, 1 assist and 1 ground ball. California’s Chloe Landry recorded 1 assist, 1 ground ball, and 1 caused turnover in the loss to USC. Kate Mattimore also added 1 assist for California. 

Colorado fell to Stony Brook 6-10 over the weekend. In the contest, Colorado’s Cali Castagnola scored 2 goals.

SDSU took down Brown13-8. Brown’s Kerianne Hunt notched 3 ground balls and 1 draw control.

Rivals Ohio State and Penn State squared off this weekend in an exciting match. Penn State took the win 16-12. Buckeye’s Madi Castalein scooped up 3 ground balls and recorded 1 caused turnover.

Stanford fell to Yale 12-15 during a close matchup this weekend. Stanford’s Allie Dacarr earned 6 saves during 60 minutes of play in the cage.

UC Davis took on Drexel. Drexel pulled out the win 12-8. Aggie’s Kate Fellner scored 1 goal and recorded 2 ground balls, 1 draw control, and 1 caused turnover. Teammate Tess Kevorkian recorded 1 ground ball and created 3 caused turnovers.

Longwood took on Radford University in a high scoring matchup. Longwood won 19-16.  Cassie Angeles scored 3 goals along with 2 assists and 6 ground balls.


Culture is Key: Best Kept Secret in Division I Lacrosse

Culture is Key

The Golden Eagles of Marquette University might be the best kept secret in Division I Women’s Lacrosse.  This program has the best team culture I have seen, and with 3 close losses, their win/loss record is just 4-7, so the team is flying under the radar.  What I saw on the field the other day though was a hard-working, aggressive and sharply executing team.  The chemistry on the field has to be due to what I was lucky enough to observe this weekend.  The staff for this team- from managers to athletic trainers, from conditioning coaches to event staff- everyone was extremely enthusiastic, pumped for game day, sincerely engaged in pre-game activities, supportive pre and post-game, and the players didn’t stop cheering from whistle to whistle.  

The things that stood out to me about this great team culture could fall into these 3 categories for me: Trust, Focus, and Contagious Positivity

Trust- Head Coach Meredith Black clearly had a good game plan, and on gameday she did what all good coaches do- LET GO.  She let everyone do their job-especially the players- and this was key because I’ve always believed the players win the games and any control we have as coaches is done long before the first draw.  Coach Black gave her assistants a voice pre-game, she had a 10-year old girl give a pre-game speech, and her players were empowered to do their own pre-game songs/dances/speeches and prep.  There was strength and calm in that trust, which I think is great for young women who have a tendency towards anxiety under pressure.   This has to be good for players learning to handle everything they face as collegiate athletes.  

Focus-  There were a lot of distractions (or potential distractions) on game day, between a post-game clinic, a fundraiser that evening, a couple guests hanging around pre-game activities, and a parent weekend which brought lots of family and friends to campus.  The team and coaches did a great job focusing on what they needed to- one thing at a time- and they won each small moment before, during, and after the game.  I think the attention to detail in preparation for the day was crucial, so all program participants did a great job working as a team to have things go off without a hitch like that!

Contagious Positivity- EVERYONE had a smile on their face all day!  Players introduced themselves to anyone around the program they didn’t’ know, they engaged with each other in a happy/goofy (but not obnoxious) way, and I didn’t notice much in the way of self-centered behavior.  Usually you can tell who doesn’t get playing time, who is injured, and who is in their own head.  I am sure some of that exists, but it was refreshing to see only positivity, and I think it totally boosted the team’s performance.  There is no need to be “Polyanna-ish,” but I do think enthusiasm is contagious, and it can be the X-factor in performance, AND more importantly, in everyone’s overall experience.  If those of us think about the memories we had as student-athletes, it’s about the connection with our teammates and the positive experiences on and off the field, more than the wins and losses.  

I think every coach and administrator can take a lesson from Marquette.  And high school prospects- YOU should be making team chemistry and program culture a MAJOR factor in your decision.  You aren’t always going to be able to control things like playing time, wins and losses, and injuries- so it makes a big difference if you like the environment you are in for so many hours of your college life.  Start with the alma mater of Dwayne Wade, Chris Farley, and Doc Rivers.  Start with Marquette…


Written By: Theresa Sherry
April 4th, 2017

Alumnae Collegiate Game Scores: 3/20 – 3/26

 SDSU defeated St. Mary’s this weekend 16-5. In the matchup St. Mary’s, Molly Kuptz, recorded 4 ground balls and 1 draw control. Katie Kuptz added 2 ground balls and 2 caused turnovers. In addition, teammate, Anna Marie Carmazzi notched 1 ground ball and 2 draw controls, while Megan Zumo recorded 1 caused turnover. San Diego State’s Erin Jeffrey had 1 assist, 1 ground ball, and 1 draw control on the day.

Rutgers scored 15 on the win over Ohio State this weekend. Buckeye’s Madi Castalein recorded 2 ground balls and 1 caused turnover.

In the first ever matchup between USC and Ohio State, USC got the win 16-7. Tenacity Alumnae Madi Castalein and Gabby Klein got to square off against each other. Madi Castalein recorded 1 draw control and Gabby Klein recorded 1 ground ball.

Colorado beat Fresno State 19-6. Colorado’s Cali Castagnola scored 2 goals and recorded 1 caused turnover in the matchup.

Boston College 13 v UNC 15. Carly Bell recorded 1 ground ball, 1 caused turnover. and  1 draw control.

Cambi Cukar  scored 1 goal and had 1 assist in Oregon’s loss to Towson (7-10)

San Diego State defeated Cal in a very close matchup 14-13. Chloe Landry scored 1 goal and had 3 draw controls. In addition, Alexandra Robertson had 2 ground balls, 1 draw control, and 1 caused turnover.

Longwood fell to George Mason 13-23 over the weekend. Despite the loss, Cassie Angeles scored 7 goals and 2 caused turnovers.


Alumnae Collegiate Game Scores: 3/13 – 3/19

USC  decisively defeated Dartmouth 19-8. 

Oregon beat Vermont 17-7 during Friday’s matchup. Cambi Cukar recrorded 2 goals and 1 assist

#4 Colorado beat Oregon 16-11. Colorado’s Cali Castagnola notched 2 goals while Oregon’s Cambi Cukar recorded 4 assists, 1 ground ball and 1 caused turnover.

In a hard fought battle Ohio State fell to Michigan 11-12 in overtime. Defender Madi Castalein recorded 1 ground ball.

Over the weekend SDSU fell to Columbia 11-14Katie Merritt recorded 2 ground balls and 2 saves during 30 minutes of play between the pipes in the matchup.

UC Davis beat St. Mary’s 20-6 St. Mary’s Molly Kuptz recorded 1 ground ball and 1 draw control. Katie Kuptz added 1 caused turnover. AnnaMarie Carmazzi scored her first goal of the season. UC Davis, Tess Kevorkian had 1 caused turnover and teammate Kate Fellner had a stellar day with 3 goals, 2 assists, 2 ground balls, and 2 draw ground controls.

UMBC beat out Longwood University 17-5 on Thursday, in Baltimore, MD. Cassie Angeles scored a goal. Longwood University lost 13-12 to St. Francis University in Loretto, PA with Cassie Angeles scoring 1 goal.

Alumnae Collegiate Game Scores: 3/6 – 3/12

Colorado beat Penn State 16-11 Cali Castagnola scored 2 goals and 1 ground ball

UC Davis beat Quinnipiac 19-7  Kate Fellner had 2 goals, 2 GBs, 1 DC, and 1 CT. Amanda Outcalt had 5 goals, 4 assists, 2 GBs. Tess Kevorkian had 1 GB and 1 CT for Davis

California fell to William & Mary 19-18– Kate Mattimore scored 1 goal. Chloe Landry had 3 DCs, 1 GB for Cal. Nikky Price scored 1 goal for William & Mary.

SDSU downed St. Joeseph’s 13-12 Morgan Taylor scored 1 goal, and had 1 GB.

Longwood University beat out St. Bonaventure University 13-8 yesterday at home in Farmville, VA. Cassie Angeles scored 2 goals, 1 GB & 1DC.


Alumnae Collegiate Game Scores: 2/27 – 3/5

Fresno State 18- Presbyterian 6
Harvard 14- Yale 13

Colorado beat Denver 14-3 over the weekend. Colorado’s Cali Castagnola had 2 goals and 1 assist in the matchup.

Princeton beat Brown 10-7. Despite the loss, Brown’s Kerrianne Hunt had an impressive game recording 3 ground balls, 1 draw control, and 1 caused turnover.

Marquette lost to Colorado 6-20. Molly Grozier recorded 1 ground ball for Marquette and Colorado’s Cali Castagnola showed up on the stat boards again notching 4 ground balls, 2 assists, and 1 draw control.

California fell to both Michigan (L, 4-14) and St. Joseph’s (17-18) this weekend in their double header. Chloe Landry of Cal had 3 ground balls and 2 dc over the weekend lineup, while teammate Alexandra Robertson added 1 ground ball and 1 caused turnover. Kate Mattimore showed up for Cal as well recording 1 goal and 2 ground balls

Nicky Price scored her first TWO goals of her college career against UVA last Friday night as a freshman for William & Mary

Alumnae Collegiate Game Scores: 2/20 – 2/26

San Diego State  had a definitive 18-7 win over Detroit Mercy. SDSU’s Erin Jeffrey had 2 goals on the day.

UC Davis went 0-2 on the weekend as they battled Denver (L, 6-16) and Colorado (L, 5-18). Tess Kevorkian had 2 ground balls and 2 caused turnovers for the weekend matchup. UC DavisKate Fellner added 3 goals, 2 ground balls, 3 draw controls, and 1 caused turnover. Colorado’s Cali Castagnola notched 1 goal for their win over Davis.

#3 USC had a tough matchup on Friday as they fell to #4 Florida, 10-15. The Trojan’s Gabby Klein got in on the action recording 2 assists and 1 ground ball. However, USC bounced back on Sunday to defeat Stetson 18-3 where Ashley Hill scored 1 goal, 1 assist, 1 ground ball and 1 caused turnover. Teammate Gabby Klein showed up again on the books recording 1 goal, 2 assists and 1 draw control.

California went 1-1 on the weekend with an impressive 19-7 win over Butler. Kate Mattimore dished in 1 goal for Cal while Alexandra Robertson had 2 draw controls. With an 8-14 loss against Ohio State, Kate Mattimore showed up big for her team recording 3 goals in the contest. California’s Alexandra Robertson also put in work recording 2 ground balls and 2 caused turnovers. Ohio State’s Madi Castalein had 1 caused turnover in the matchup while also adding 1 ground ball in the match up to Stanford (L, 9-19).

Saint Mary’s defeated Butler 16-11 over the weekend. Molly Kuptz and Megan Zumo had a break out game where the pair combined for 8 ground balls and 3 caused turnovers. AnnaMarie Carmazzi had 2 groundballs and Katie Kuptz also added 1 caused turnover.

Oregon defeated Fresno State 12-9. Cambi Cukar helped lead the Ducks to a victory notching 1 assist, 4 ground balls, and 1 caused turnover.

Alumnae Collegiate Game Scores: 2/13 – 2/19

USC took down Northwestern in a 11-10 overtime win. In the back and forth battle with the Wildcats, the Trojan’s Gabby Klein recorded 1 ground ball during the win.

Stanford fell to Duke 8-12 after fighting back to tie the game twice. With Duke’s four straight goals later in the half, Stanford could not hang on. Allie Dacar notched 1 ground ball, 1 caused turnover, and 8 saves during her 60 minutes of play between the pipes for Stanford.

Oregon defeated California 18-9 over the weekend. California’s Chloe Landry recorded 1 ground ball, 1 caused turnover, and 2 draw controls during the contest. Cambi Cukar had 6 points on the day recording 1 goal and 5 assists, while teammate Lindsey Kail added another goal for the Ducks.