3d Lacrosse Coaches Nationwide Enjoy Successful Spring Seasons on the Scholastic, Collegiate Landscape

3d Lacrosse Coaches Nationwide Enjoy Successful Spring Seasons on the Scholastic, Collegiate Landscape

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The 3d Lacrosse team includes a network of men and women coast-to-coast who coach at either the scholastic or college level.

This season, 3d Lacrosse coaches collectively experienced one of their best seasons to date, with successes on the field and many different honors to celebrate the achievements of their teams and players.

Here’s a look at the full-time 3d Lacrosse staff members and their accomplishments this season.

To learn more about 3d Lacrosse and its staff from coast-to-coast, visit 3dLacrosse.com/staff.

Kristan Ash, Coach, Riverside High School, Va. – Senior Manager, 3d Mid-Atlantic; General Manager, UWLX

Ash, in her third season as head coach at Riverside, made program history this season as she guided the Rams to their first ever Virginia state championship – a thrilling 10-9 win over Salem. Finishing with an 18-2 record, the Rams’ only losses came to an-out-of state program and Dominion, a team that Riverside later beat twice on the way to the title. The Rams are now 46-8 overall in their three seasons of varsity play.

Susan Bankowsi, Head Coach, Oregon Episcopal School, Ore. – Girls Manager, 3d Oregon

Coach Bankowski led the Aardvarks to a 7-10 season and an appearance in the Oregon state quarterfinals, where they fell to eventual state champions Lake Oswego. The Aardvarks averaged nearly 12 goals per game on the year and celebrated six All-Conference selections and one Academic All-American.

Logan Bobzien, Head Coach, Arapahoe High School, Director, 3d Methodology

Coach Bobzien led the Arapahoe Warriors to a 13-5 record and an appearance in the Colorado 5A state semifinals after earning the sixth seed in the tournament. The Warriors, who finished second in their division, picked up some big wins on their trip to the West Coast, including victories over De La Salle (Calif.) and San Ramon Valley (Calif.). The Warriors saw five players named All-Conference, including one whom also earned All-State and All-America honors.

Thomas Bragg, Head Coach, Jesuit High School, Portland, Ore. – Director, 3d Oregon

In his first season at Jesuit, Coach Bragg guided the Crusaders to a 12-7 season and an appearance in the Oregon state quarterfinals. The Crusaders scored 13 goals per game while allowing less than six per game on average. Five of the team’s seven losses were by just one goal. After the season, ten Jesuit players received All-Conference accolades and one was named the Oregon Player of the Year.

Ben Brenneman, Head Coach, Kent Denver School, Colo. – Director of Sales, Business Development & Strategy, 3d Lacrosse, Mike Ryder, Asst. Coach, Kent Denver School, Colo. – National Director of Camps, 3d Lacrosse

Coaches Brenneman and Ryder had one of the best seasons in recent history at Kent Denver. The Sun Devils finished 15-4 and reached the Colorado 5A state finale, coming up just short in a hard-fought loss to Regis Jesuit. Kent Denver finished the year with one of the state’s top offenses, putting up more than 12 goals per game and allowing less than seven on average. After the season, Coach Brenneman was honored as the Coach of the Year for the South Suburban Conference and was later named the US Lacrosse Coach of the Year for Colorado. The Sun Devils saw two players earn All-America honors and three named Academic All-Americans, while two players were named All-State and 16 players earned All-Conference or honorable mention accolades.

Zack Burke, Head Coach, Poway High School, Poway, Calif. – Director, 3d San Diego Eric Dance, Asst. Coach, Poway High School, Poway, Calif. – Manager, 3d San Diego

Coaches Burke and Dance helped Poway have another strong season, as the Titans were tough to beat all year. Despite a 9-10 record, Poway reached the CIF San Diego Section semifinals. The Titans earned wins over nationally recognized programs, like Noble & Greenough (Mass.). After the season, the Titans saw six players earn All-Palomar League accolades. Two players earned All-America honors, while one was named an Academic All-American.

Dave Dobbins, Head Coach, St. John Fisher College, - Director, 3d Upstate

Coach Dobbins, in his second year at St. John Fisher and the first as head coach, led the Cardinals to a 12-6 record and the program’s third appearance in the Empire 8 championship game. The No. 2 seed in the conference tournament, the Cardinals enjoyed their best season in four years. Eight members of the team received Empire 8 postseason honors and the team celebrated one USILA All-America selection.

Chris Doctor, Head Coach, Green Farms Academy - 3d Tri-State, Director

Coach Doctor took over the Green Farms Academy program and guided the Dragons to a 6-8 record, a significant improvement from 2-9 the year prior. The Dragons reached the semifinals of Connecticut’s Fairchester Athletic Association playoffs and celebrated three All-League selections at year’s end.

Spencer Ford, Asst. Coach, DeMatha School, - Director, 3d Mid-Atlantic

Coach Ford, who is also the General Manager and an assistant coach with the Atlanta Blaze of Major League Lacrosse, helped DeMatha achieve a 12-7 record while facing many of the top teams in the competitive Mid-Atlantic region. The Stags had one of the most productive offenses in the area, scoring more than 12 goals per game, and kept opponents to less than 10 goals per game on average. Following the season, DeMatha celebrated three All-Metro selections, five All-WCAC picks and one national All-American honoree.

Sean Fox, Asst. Coach, Colorado Academy, Colo. – Executive Vice President of Operations, 3d Lacrosse

Coach Fox helped Colorado Academy achieve a 10-7 record in his first season on the staff. The Mustangs reached the state’s 5A tournament, where they celebrated a 10-7 first-round upset win over Rock Canyon before falling to Kent Denver 12-5 in the state quarterfinals. After the season, the Mustangs saw nine players earn All-Conference accolades, while two received All-State recognition.

Ali Giovannone, Head Coach, Kent Denver School, Colo. – Girls Manager, 3d Colorado

Coach Giovannone, in her second year as head coach at Kent Denver, led the Sun Devils to an 8-8 record this spring and an appearance in the playoffs, where they fell in overtime during the second round. It was Kent Denver’s second trip to the playoffs in two years under Coach Giovannone. The Sun Devils saw four players earn All-Conference accolades at season’s end.

Mark Goodrich, Head Coach, Milton Academy, Mass. – Senior Manager, 3d New England

In his second year at the helm, Coach Goodrich led Milton Academy to a 9-10 record going against a long list of New England powerhouse programs. The Mustangs averaged 10 goals a game along the way. After the season, Milton saw six of its players earn All-League honors.

Bob Hamley, Director of Lacrosse, South Forsyth High School, Ga. – Director, 3d Georgia

Coach Hamley helped guide the War Eagles to a 10-8 record on the year. After a slow start, South Forsyth won nine of its last 11 games this season. The War Eagles, who averaged nearly 12 goals per game, celebrated one All-State selection at year’s end.

Chris Harren, Head Coach, Mountain Vista, Colo. – Senior Manager, 3d Colorado Mike O’Neil, Asst. Coach, Mountain Vista, Colo. – Manager, 3d Colorado

Coaches Harren and O’Neil helped the Golden Eagles achieve an 11-6 season and an appearance in the Colorado 5A state quarterfinals. The year marked the return of Coach Harren, who was with the Mountain Vista program as an assistant in 2014. After the season, 11 players were named All-Conference players and the team also celebrated the conference’s Player of the Year.

Brianna Huynh, Head Coach, Arapahoe High School – Brand and Design Manager, 3d Lacrosse

In her second season as Arapahoe’s head coach, Coach Huynh guided the Warriors to an 11-6 record and an appearance in the Colorado state tournament. The Warriors ultimately came up just short, falling 7-5 to eventual state champion Colorado Academy – it was the narrowest margin of victory for the undefeated Mustangs this season. During the season, Coach Huynh was honored as the National Federation of High School 2017 Colorado Girls High School Coach of the Year at this year's annual CHSAA Legislative Meeting. The Warriors celebrated 11 All-League selections, two All-State selections and an All-American at the end of the season.

Dalton Jernigan, Asst. Coach, Highland Park, Dallas, Texas – Director, 3d Texas

Coach Jernigan joined the Highland Park program as an assistant coach with the varsity D1 team for 2018 and helped the Scots to another strong season as a Lone Star State powerhouse. Highland Park went 15-4 and reached the Texas High School Lacrosse League D1 semifinals, coming up just short. The Scots finished the year with the state’s second best defense and ninth highest-scoring offense. After the season, four Scots players earned All-District honors, four were named All-State and and one was named an All-American.

Brian Kelly, Asst. Coach, Los Alamitos High School, Los Alamitos, Calif. – Director, 3d Southland

Coach Kelly, in his first season as an assistant with the Los Alamitos program, helped guide the Griffins to a 10-9 record as they won eight of the last ten games on their schedule and reached the first round of the Orange County playoffs. The Griffins finished second in the Sunset League and boasted a high-powered offense, putting up more than 12 goals per game. Nine players celebrated All-League honors, including the Sunset League Player of the Year.

Mike Kruger, San Ramon Valley High School, Danville, Calif. – Director, 3d NorCal

Coach Kruger took over the powerhouse San Ramon Valley program as the head coach for 2018. In his first year, he guided the Wolves to a 22-2 record and the East Bay Athletic League championship as well as the North Coast Section title. Consistently ranked among the very top teams on the West Coast throughout the season, the Wolves ended the year on a 14-game win streak and had the largest goal differential in Northern California thanks to a high-scoring offense and a staunch defense. Following the season, eight Wolves were named All-Conference players, while three players earned All-American honors and one earned Academic All-America accolades.

Kiernan Limming, Memorial High School, Houston, Texas – Manager, 3d Houston

Coach Limming led the Memorial Mustangs to a 5-9 record in his first ever season as a high school head coach. Memorial secured a major win late in the year to create a three-way tie in the league standings, sending themselves to the playoffs where they fell in the first round. The Mustangs saw three players receive All-District honors following the season.

Matt Palasek, Head Coach Marin Catholic, Kentfield, Calif. – Manager, 3d NorCal

In his first season as the head coach at Marin Catholic, Coach Palasek led the Wildcats to the MCAL crown and a 14-9 overall record. It was the first league title for the program in three seasons and the Wildcats followed it up by reaching the NCS Division I semifinals – the deepest the program has gone since moving up to DI. After the season, Marin Catholic celebrated two All-Americans, eight All-League selections and the MCAL Player of the Year.

Matt Rowley, Noble & Greenough School, Dedham, Mass. – 3d New England, Director; 3d Lacrosse, National Club Director; Director, 3d New England

Coach Rowley led the Noble & Greenough Bulldogs to a 16-4 record and a share of the 2018 ISL championship, the school’s first in 12 seasons. After opening the year with three losses, Nobles eventually won 14 consecutive games to close out the season, including a convincing 12-5 victory over co-league champ Governor’s Academy. Twelve players earned All-League honors following the season, while one player was named an All-American and another an Academic All-American. The Bulldogs, finishing the year at 14-1 in ISL play, dedicated the season to the memory of the late McCrae Williams. Rowley, who completed his fifth year as head coach at Nobles, was honored as the 2018 US Lacrosse Coach of the Year for the ISL.

Regy Thorpe, Associate Head Coach, Syracuse University – Chief Lacrosse Officer

Coach Thorpe helped lead Syracuse to another NCAA tournament appearance, where the Orange were edged in double-overtime in the first round. Six players on the Orange roster were named All-Region selections at the close of the year, including two first team picks. The Orange also saw two players earn All-ACC honors.

Patrick Tuohy, Head Coach, Westfield High School, Westfield, N.J. – Director, 3d Garden State

Coach Tuohy led Westfield, his alma mater, to a 12-6 record on the season and an appearance in the NJSIAA North Jersey Group 4 Tournament semifinals. The Blue Devils finished the year with five of its six losses coming to top-five teams in the Garden State. Westfield finished ranked ninth in the state in the Star Ledger’s year-end rankings. After the season, Westfield saw four roster members named All-State, while six players earned All-Fitch Division accolades. One Blue Devils player earned All-America honors and two were named Academic All-Americans.

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