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Grace Barlow

 

High School:Brookfield East High School

HS Recognition:Co-Captain of the 2012 State Champion team, three time first team all conference, three time first team all-state, 2012 All-American Honorable Mention, two time Academic All-American

College:Oberlin College (NCAC Conference)

College Recognition:Senior Co-Captain, four year starter. Second-Team IWLAC Great Lakes All-Region Player, Two Time First-Team All Conference Player, Two Time Second-Team All Conference Player, Holds Oberlin College scoring record at 219 points, 172 goals, 2016 Honda Scholar-Athlete Award Winner

Likes:breakfast for dinner, dad jokes, cool biology facts, and quoting Parks and Recreation. 

Dislikes: when the Packers lose, scary movies, and Debbie Downers. 

 

Bio:  Grace began playing lacrosse in sixth grade when it was offered as an after school clinic and was instantly hooked. She played four years of varsity for Brookfield's club team and won the state championship her senior year. After high school, Grace went on to play for Oberlin College where she was a four year starter, co-captain her senior year, a two time NCAC First Team All-Conference player, and a second team IWLCA Great Lakes All-Region player. She was also voted 'most valuable locker room cheerleader' by her teammates. Grace and her recruiting class were instrumental in helping to revitalize Oberlin's lacrosse program, and helped take them team to their first conference championship appearance since 2002. 

In addition to lacrosse, Grace majored in Biology while at Oberlin and continues to be passionate about science, and hopes to complete a Masters Degree in Freshwater Science. When not playing lacrosse Grace can most reliably be found at Camp Minikani, playing games and generally being a 'big kid.' 

 

 

Megan Bianco 

High School: Moorestown High School, Moorestown NJ 

Recognition: Three-time New Jersey group 3 state champion, two-time Tournament of Champions state champion, senior-year team captain 

College:Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI 

Recognition:Two-year member of Student Athlete Advisory Committee, Student Athlete Advisory Committee Vice President of Communication, Graduated with 100% scoring average :) 

Likes:Disney World, Winnie the Pooh, Donuts, spending time with family in NJ, and the Philadelphia Flyers 

Dislikes:Backseat drivers, sharks, bad attitudes, and any hockey team that isn’t the Philadelphia Flyers 

 

Bio:Being from New Jersey, lacrosse was one thing that Megan couldn’t go without. She picked up a stick when she was 5 and her stick might have been bigger than her at the time, but her love of the sport only helped her grow into it. She played for Moorestown High School, ranked #1 in the nation during her sophomore season. Went undefeated for her junior and senior year, serving as a team captain, and gained back-to-back New Jersey Tournament of Champions trophies. After high school, Megan took pride in being a part of a Marquette Lacrosse team that was new to Division I competition. Bianco red-shirted two seasons due to injury at Marquette but did not let that stop her from being a competitive teammate in the weight room and supportive teammate for every practice and game. During her senior game having been on crutches the week prior, Bianco went to score her first ever career goal on her only shot ever taken in college. Now, a year after graduation from Marquette with a B.A. in Public Relations, Bianco still keeps lacrosse as a priority in her life. She is the assistant varsity coach at WNS, the head coach for MKE 2023, and helps out with Black Lax.

 

 

Erin Cermak

High School:Chadwick School, Palos Verdes, CA

Recognition:Team captain and starter for four years in basketball; Prep League Champions 1997-2000; CIF Southern Section VAA 1998, 1999; First Team All League 1997, 1998, 2000; Player of the year for Div. VAA and Prep League, 1999; State Championship Runners-up, 1999. Varsity Starter for Volleyball 1998-2000; Second Team all League 1998, 1999; First Team all league 2000.

College: Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA 

Recognition:Varsity Women’s basketball 2000-2003; Coaches Award, 2002; Patriot League Honor Roll 2003

Likes:cooking, comic books, the beach, old movies, hammocks, and gummie bears

Dislikes:tomatoes, wallowing in self pity, dirty snow

 

Bio:Erin comes to Wisconsin Lacrosse by way of Southern California and basketball. LAX in the SoCal area is somewhat of a new thing, so when she grew up the name of her game was basketball. Erin earned numerous honors on her high school basketball team including but not limited to Player of the Year for the Division in 1999 as well as State Championship Runners-up of the same year. While in high school Erin scored a record number 2,107 in her career at Chadwick, while also racking up a few volleyball honors as well. She earned a basketball scholarship to Lehigh University where she, in her three years on the team, earned the Coaches Award. In 2005, after having lived a year at home, Erin moved to Milwaukee for graduate school and after graduating needed another job to supplement her museum education position at the Milwaukee Public Museum, so she fell back into coaching. This move brought her to University School of Milwaukee as a basketball coach and the next school year also brought with it a volleyball coaching contract. As a coach who worked well with the girls and genuinely enjoys watching girls succeed on their battlefield of choice, she was asked by the head lacrosse coach at USM if she could possibly help as numbers were getting a little out of hand, and it would be helpful to have someone that could potentially focus on the goalies because (as we all know) they get forgotten every now and then. She is currently the Assistant Varsity Lacrosse coach at USM, in charge of goalie training. Last season, Erin was part of the selection team for Team Wisconsin, making sure those goalies weren’t forgotten, and regardless of team, is always eager to give her remarks and praise to those girls who choose to stand between the pipes when no one else will.

 

 

Katie Cubberly

High School:  Carmel High School, Indiana

Recognition:  3 Year Varsity Letter(wo)man - There were only 8 teams in the state then, so there weren't really awards (or out of bounds). 

College:Indiana State University-undergrad, UW-Milwaukee-Masters

Recognition:There wasn't lacrosse at Indiana State, but Katie did have a 4 year undefeated tug-o-war team.

Likes:  Sour Candy, the smell of fresh cut grass, chips

Dislikes:  wet shoes and socks, when books get movie adaptations and then the cover of the book changes to reflect the film

 

Bio:  Katie found lacrosse after getting a concussion at the end of the soccer season during her sophomore year of high school. Being unable to try out for spring soccer club team, lacrosse was the next best choice. She never looked back. She made varsity her first year and played through her senior year. 

After college Katie returned to Indianapolis where she once again fell back into lacrosse, as the assistant coach at Carmel High School. During that time Katie and the rest of the coaching staff transformed the team. Through this transition period, Katie focused on conditioning, off ball movement and defense, while as a group the coaches worked to integrate substitutions and offensive movements based off hockey and men’s lacrosse concepts.  Having never played hockey or men’s lacrosse Katie signed up and played in the Indianapolis Men’s lacrosse league to fully understand the process. This somewhat unconventional approach to the game lead the team to 4 Indiana State Championship finals and winning 3 of the 4 (2011, 2012 & 2014). 

Katie moved to Milwaukee in fall 2014, to pursue her Master’s degree in Sustainable Peacebuilding at UWM. She currently works at UWM in the School of Public Health, coaches the Bantam team for SWB and officiates high school games.

 

 

Emily DeLeeuw

High School:Adlai E Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, IL

HS Recognition:IWHSLA Sportswomanship Award; All-Conference, Two-time All Academic Team

College:Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL

Likes:Being outdoors, cooking and baking, travelling the world, and her pets: Tally and Pachanga

Dislikes:Old paint, bad attitudes and country music 

 

Bio: Emily grew up in the Chicago area and has been involved with lacrosse since 2008. She was a defender throughout high school and was on the All Academic Team during her junior and senior year. She was All Conference and given the IWHSLA Sportswomanship Award during her senior year. She began coaching in 2012 with Illinois Girls Lacrosse Association and has been coaching at different levels in various locations year-round since. Emily coached at her alma mater in 2014 and Highland Park High School in 2016. She joined Lakeshore Lacrosse Club in 2014. She moved to Milwaukee in 2016 and very grateful to be able to continue sharing her love of lacrosse through coaching at MKE Elite.

 

 

Anna Doten

High School:Lyons Township High School, Western Springs IL

Recognition: MVP 2008 and 2012, All academic 2012, Cross country captain and lacrosse captain, All-conference 2012

College:Allegheny College, PA

Recognition: Junior and Senior captain, 2015 all academic athlete, 2016 Cornerstone award winner

Likes:outdoors, reading, movies, cooking

 

Bio:  Anna started playing lacrosse in fourth grade, and has enjoyed all the sport has to offer since.  Anna was inspired by Northwestern lacrosse growing up and went on to play division 3 lacrosse at Allegheny College. Anna majored in International Studies and Spanish, and was able to study abroad in Santiago Chile in 2014. Anna was voted captain her junior and senior year. Unfortunately, she sustained a concussion that put her on the sidelines for 6 months.  After her recovery, Anna joined the Concussion Awareness Network to help other student athletes navigate the recovery process. After graduation, she joined Teach For America Milwaukee where she is a kindergarten and Spanish teacher for Stellar Collegiate Charter School.  Anna is currently working on her Masters in Early Childhood Urban Education. 

 

 

Nicole Ellner

High School:Cocalico High School, Lancaster PA

Recognition: Two year league champions

College:Nyack College

Recognition:Two year scholarship, two year starter, NCAA Sportsmanship Award

Likes:beaches, traveling, climbing trees, movies, cooking, finding new places to eat out

Dislikes:geese and mushrooms

Bio:  Born and raised in Lancaster, PA, Nicky played lacrosse for four years in middle/high school but her senior year of high school she made the tough decision to take the time to study and work to save up money to be able to attend a two year film internship program she was accepted into post-graduation. The internship program took Nicky to Texas for two of the most transforming years of her life. Upon completion of the internship program she moved to New York to attend Nyack College (DII) for an Associates in Business Administration. Nicky learned about the budding lacrosse program at Nyack and was SO excited to have the chance to play again. After graduation in 2015, Nicky moved to Milwaukee and also coaches for SWB 5/6 team. 

 

Maddy Eppli

High School:Whitefish Bay High School, Whitefish Bay, WI

Recognition:US Lacrosse Jackie Pitts National Award Winner for Wisconsin (2016), US Lacrosse Academic All-American (2015, 2016), All-State Honorable Mention (2016), Team MVP (2014, 2015), First Team All-Conference (2015), Second Team All-Conference (2014, 2016), Team Captain (2014, 2016), Three-year Varsity starter, Team Captain of Varsity Ski Team (2015)

College:University of Wisconsin-Madison

Likes:Traveling, Running, Birthday Cake flavored desserts, Sunny days at the beach 

Dislikes:eggs, country music, negativity 

 

Bio: From a young age, Maddy has loved being active and participating in many sports. She began playing lacrosse in middle school, where she joined Black Lax in its inaugural year as the first youth girls’ lacrosse team in the North Shore area. In high school, Maddy helped her mother, Eliza Webb, to found the WNS lacrosse program as a freshman. Over the course of the following four years, Maddy would help to lead the team to their first State Championship game during her senior year. During her time at Whitefish Bay High School, Maddy played lacrosse, tennis, and raced for the ski team, serving as captain in both lacrosse and skiing. In the off-season, Maddy played club lacrosse with Black Lax, as well as guest-playing for her aunt’s Houston club team, the Texas Rangers. Outside of sports, Maddy served as co-president for the WFBHS chapter of Best Buddies, an international organization dedicated to helping children and adults with developmental and cognitive disabilities. After graduating 7th in her class at WFBHS, Maddy is heading into her third year of studying political science and international studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While UW does not have a varsity lacrosse program, her love of lacrosse is continued through both refereeing and coaching the game. Maddy has helped coach clinics and teams with both MKE and SWB since her sophomore year in high school. Additionally, she has reffed the youth level for four years and the high school level for two.

 

 

Jess Lucht

High School:Franklin HS, WI

Recognition:Hustle Award, Sportsmanship Award, Midfielder of the Year, Honorable Mention, MVP, 3-year Captain

College:Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Likes:Science, Sports, Super heroes, Sushi

Dislikes:Being late, Sandwich bread, Mayo

 

Bio:  Jess was born and raised in Franklin, WI. She played basketball, soccer, volleyball, and softball throughout most of her childhood. Her freshman year of high school, Franklin started a lacrosse team and she decided to join. From there she earned the team Hustle Award, Midfielder of the Year and was voted Team Captain her sophomore through senior years. In 2017, her senior year, she won the team MVP and sportsmanship awards. She now attends Purdue University and is majoring in Mechanical Engineering. She is on the Club Lacrosse team at Purdue and continues to participate in various other intramural sports. 2017 was her first year coaching lacrosse, and she assisted in coaching MKE Elite, Black Lax, and Franklin teams.

 

 

Emily Mason Schoessow

High School:Mt. Greylock Regional High School, Williamstown Mass.

Recognition:  Teamp Captain junior and senior year, High School MVP, Member of Western Mass Senior All-Star Team 

College:Connecticut College

Recognition:IWLCA All-Regional Team junior and senior year, captain junior and senior year, received “Unsung Hero” Award, Captain of both Lacrosse & Hockey Teams

Likes: Attending sporting events, playing with my 2 year old.

Dislikes:  6 am practices and sprinkles.

 

Bio:  Emily Mason Schoessow enters her sixth season in 2016 as the head coach of the Women's Lacrosse program at Concordia University Wisconsin.  She has continually guided the team to new heights, winning a program-record 13 games during the 2015 campaign, the Midwest Women's Lacrosse Conference regular season title with an undefeated record (7-0), MWLC Tournament championship and a berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament. Mason Schoessow was named the MWLC Coach of the Year in 2015. Her teams have improved in each of her first five seasons after she built the program from scratch prior to 2011. The Falcons didn't win a contest in 2011, won three games in 2012, before capturing the seven wins and a MWLC Tournament appearance in 2013, followed by the 2014 achievements and a spot in the MWLC Tournament as the No. 3 seed. The 2015 campaign was a banner season with its victories and accolades.

 

Mason Schoessow played four years of women's lacrosse and ice hockey at Connecticut College where she was captain of both squads. She was named to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association All-Region team after her junior and senior seasons. Lacrosse has always been a part of Mason's life as her mother has been the head coach at Williams College for the past 27 years.

 

 

Sara Tuescher

High School: Arrowhead High School - Hartland, WI

Recognition: Lacrosse:  Captain, 2x State Champ, 1st and 2nd Team All-Conference // Field Hockey:  2x Captain, State Champ (with the game winning goal!), 2x Midwest National Team Member, Honorable Mention All-Conference

College:  University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

Recognition:Played club lacrosse (NCWLL) - 3x Captain, 2x 1st Team All-Conference, School record for most career points and most assists in a season

Likes:  Summertime, Pineapple Pizza, Country Music, Lululemon

Dislikes:  Snow in May, Scary Movies, Mushrooms, Nicholas Cage

 

Bio:  Sara began playing lacrosse in 2007 as a junior on the inaugural team at Arrowhead High School.  She played midfield and helped lead her team to back-to-back state championships in 2007 and 2008.  Two years of high school lacrosse wasn't enough, so instead of committing to play field hockey in college, Sara decided to develop a club lacrosse program at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse (La Crosse Lacrosse!).  While at La Crosse, Sara helped her team capture a conference championship and set school records for most career points and most assists in a single season.  She started a new high school program in Holmen, WI and was the head coach for two years while also coaching the UWL Women's Club team.  Sara decided to move back to the Milwaukee area in 2013 and began coaching field hockey and lacrosse at Arrowhead High School.   She was the assistant coach for the 2018 Wisconsin National Team at the US Lacrosse Tournament and looks forward to seeing more and more players from Wisconsin going on to play lacrosse on the national stage!

 

 

Carol Walker

High School:University School of Milwaukee 

Recognition:three sport athlete; 2 year letter winner and all-conference field hockey player, captain; 2 year letter winner and all conference lacrosse player; ski- team 

College:Colby College 

Likes:dogs, cycling, nature, the Green Bay Packers, photography, campfires, and cheese. 

Dislikes:olives, negativity, coffee, and surprises 

 

Bio:  Carol has been the Junior Varsity assistant lacrosse coach at University School of Milwaukee for 1 year and the Junior Varsity coach for 2 years. She graduated with a B.A. in Environmental Science and Public Health from Colby College in 2015. For 4 years, Carol worked for Colby Sports Medicine providing medical care to Colby's athletes on the sidelines of practices and games. Her junior and senior years she was chosen to work exclusively with the football team in the fall, attending all practices and games. Before Colby, Carol was a three-sport athlete at University School of Milwaukee, playing field hockey and lacrosse as well as racing with the ski team; before lacrosse was a varsity sport at her high school, she also played soccer for the Wildcats. Carol has also coached field hockey year-round for LIFT Field hockey club since 2015. When she is not coaching, Carol enjoys traveling to our national and state parks, exploring all Milwaukee has to offer, going to Wisconsin sporting events, and laying in her hammock whenever she gets the chance.