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

Games to Watch: 4/10 – 4/16

*ALL game times are in PT*


Tuesday 4/11

Johns Hopkins vs. Stony Brook 2pm- ESPNU
Stanford vs. Fresno State 6pm- PAC 12 Network

Wednesday 4/12

Denver vs. Vanderbilt 1pm- Watch Here
Florida vs. Villanova 10am- Watch Here
Maryland vs. Princeton 4pm- Watch Here
Virginia vs. Navy 4pm- ACC Network Extra- ESPN3

Thursday 4/13

Northwestern vs. Penn State 4pm- Watch Here
Michigan vs. Rutgers 4pm- BTN Network

Friday 4/14

California vs. UC Davis 6pm- PAC 12 Network
Southern California vs. Boulder 5pm- PAC 12 Network
Stanford vs. Oregon 6pm- PAC 12 Network
Elon vs. Drexel 3pm- Watch Here

Saturday 4/15

Maryland vs. Ohio State 9am- BTN Network
North Carolina vs. Syracuse 9am- ACC Network Extra- ESPN3
Northwestern vs. Duke 12:30pm- BTN Network
Villanova vs. Denver 10am- Watch Here
Yale vs. Princeton 10am- Watch Here

Sunday 4/16

San Diego State vs. Colorado 12pm- Watch Here
UC Davis vs. Oregon 12pm- Watch Here 

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.

Games to Watch: 4/3 – 4/9

*ALL game times are in PT*


Wednesday 4/5

Butler vs. Denver 9am 
Loyola vs. Syracuse 1:30pm Watch Here
Marquette vs. Florida 9am
Virginia vs. Maryland 4pm ACC Network Extra (ESPN 3)

Thursday 4/6

Kennesaw State vs. Notre Dame 10am
Ohio State vs. Northwestern 4pm
BTN Network

Friday 4/7

California vs. St. Mary’s 6pm
Pac 12 Network
Colorado vs. Stanford 2pm
Pac 12 Network
Oregon vs. Southern California 1pm
Pac 12 Network

Saturday 4/8

Boston College vs. Duke 10am  Watch Here
Denver vs. Marquette 12pm
Fresno State vs. UC Davis 5pm
Georgetown vs. Vanderbilt 10am
San Diego State vs. Southern California 6pm  Watch Here

Sunday 4/9

Syracuse vs. Virginia Tech 10am ACC Network Extra (ESPN 3)
JMU vs William & Mary 9am


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.


Games to Watch: 3/27 – 4/2

*ALL game times are in PT*


Tuesday 3/28

Harvard vs. Stanford 4pm- Watch Here
Virginia Tech vs. North Carolina 1pm- ACC Network Extra (ESPN 3)
UMBC vs. UC Davis 10am- Watch Here

Wednesday 3/29

California vs. Brown 5pm
Delaware vs. Colorado 3pm- Watch Here
Drexel vs. Penn State 1pm- Watch Here
Maryland vs. Florida 11am- Watch Here
Princeton vs. Syracuse 4pm- Watch Here
Virginia vs. Oregon 4pm- ACC Network Extra (ESPN 3)

Thursday 3/30

Mt. St. Mary’s vs. UC Davis 1pm- Watch Here
Northwestern vs Johns Hopkins 4pm- Watch Here

Friday 3/31

USC vs. Fresno State 4pm- Watch Here
Stony Brook vs. Colorado 4pm- Watch Here
San Diego State vs. Brown 5pm- Watch Here


Saturday 4/1

Florida vs. Vanderbilt 9am- Watch Here
Maryland vs. Michigan 9am-Watch Here
Penn State vs. Ohio State 10am- Watch Here
Virginia Tech vs. Louiseville 10am
Yale vs. Stanford 3pm- Watch Here

Sunday 4/2 

Denver vs. Connecticut 12pm- Watch Here
Drexel vs. UC Davis 9am- Watch Here
Duke vs. Syracuse 10am- Watch Here
Northwestern vs. Penn 9am- Watch Here
Notre Dame vs. North Carolina 9am- ACC Network Extra (ESPN 3)
Princeton vs. Delaware 10am- Watch Here
USC vs. California 2pm- Pac-12 Bay Area
Stony Brook vs. Albany 9am- Watch Here

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.


Games to Watch: 3/20 – 3/26

*ALL game times are in PT*

Wednesday, March 22

-James Madison vs. Virginia (4pm) Watch Here
-Johns Hopkins vs. Vanderbilt (10am)
-Maryland vs. Penn (4pmWatch Here

-Loyola vs. Georgetown (4pmWatch Here

Thursday, March 23

-Michigan vs. Northwestern (2pmWatch Here

Friday, March 24

-San Diego State vs St Marys (7pmWatch Here
-Stony Brook vs. Southern Carolina (4pmWatch Here

-Rutgers vs. Ohio State (4pmWatch Here

Saturday, March 25

-Colorado vs. Fresno State (11amWatch Here
-Florida vs. Denver (9am
-James Madison vs. Maryland (11amWatch Here
-North Carolina vs. Boston College (9amWatch Here
-Virginia vs. Duke (10am)

-Towson vs. Oregon (11:30 amWatch Here

Sunday, March 26

-Northwestern vs. Louisville (9amWatch Here
-San Diego State vs. California (12pmWatch Here
-Southern California vs. Ohio State (9amWatch Here
-Syracuse vs. Notre Dame (9 amWatch Here

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.