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Madlax Girls Lacrosse Program Coaches & Staff

Madlax coaches are all intensely trained and carefully screened before they coach your daughters. Madlax has professional and organized coaches who are on time, prepared and follow program character expectations (C.A.S.E.) and our playing time philosophies. Madlax has the most experienced and positive coaches in the greater DC area who act as teachers, role models and mentors for your daughters. Madlax coaches all are taught the same system using the similar language and calls for offense, defense, clears and rides.  Team chemistry and continuity has always been a trait of Madlax and it is due in large part to coaches who care and try hard to win the right way. 

Play With Passion! 

Aubrey Whittier, Founder & Director

• Co-Founder Madlax Girls All-Stars Program, 2017-present
• National Program Director, Madlax Girls Program, 2017-present
• Volunteer & Chair, US Lacrosse Rules Subcommittee, 2009-present
• Head Coach & Director St. John's College High School, 2013-2017 
• Director of Player Development MC Elite Lacrosse Club, 2013-2017
• Head Coach Under Armour Lacrosse Classic DC Area Team, 2013-2015
• Head Coach Georgetown Visitation, 2011-2013
• Assistant Athletic Director St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School, 2007-2012
• Assistant Coach Varsity St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School, 2007-2012
• Assistant Coach Varsity & JV The Harpeth Hall School (TN), 2006-2007
• Master Degree, Organizational Leadership, Gonzaga University, 2011
• Bachelor's Degree, English, Ursinus College, 2005
• Captain, Soccer & Lacrosse, 2 Years Each, Ursinus College, 2004 & 2005 
• All-American Lacrosse, Ursinus College, 2004

Taryn Abbassian, Coach

  • Coach, Umpire & Operations, Lakeshore Lacrosse & Illinois Girls Lacrosse Association, 2005-2017
  • High School Lacrosse Coach, St. Viator High School UK, 2017
  • Physical Education Teacher with Lacrosse Specialism, St. Swithun’s School UK, 2015-2016
  • U19 Women’s Lacrosse Coach, Scotland Lacrosse UK, 2015-2016
  • Local Development Officer, English Lacrosse, 2012-2015 
  • School Coaching Officer and Physical Education Teacher, Moreton Hall School UK, 2012-2015
  • Women’s Lacrosse Office Assistant, Dickinson College Athletic Department, 2009-2012
  • Varsity Lacrosse Player, Dickinson College, 2009-2012

Emily Boyce, Team & Goalie Coach

  • Goalie Coach, LaxFactory, Frederick, MD, 2016
  • Co-Captain, University of Richmond, 2015
  • Ranked 15th Among Division 1 Goalies in the Player Impact Ratings by
  • Finished Fourth in the Atlantic 10 Conference in Goals-Against Average (10.69)
  • Finished Fifth in Saves Per Game (7.81)
  • Tied for Sixth in Save Percentage (.459)
  • Finished 29th in NCAA for Save Percentage and Goals-Against Average, 31st for Total Saves
  • Four-Year Letter Winner, Four-Year Starter and Senior Captain, Middletown High School, MD
  • 2011 Fredrick County Defensive Player of the Year
  • Three-Time Monocacy Valley Athletic First Team
  • 2011 US Lacrosse Academic All American
  • 2008 FSLAX Club Championship All Tournament Team

Beth Cornelius, Coach Rippers Team

  • Rising junior defender, Jacksonville University 
  • Starter freshman and sophomore year (2019, 2020)
  • Atlantic Sun Conference Champion 2019
  • Varsity Player, St. John’s College High School in DC
  • US Lacrosse Academic All-American (2017, 2018)
  • DC All-Northwest First team (2018)
  • All-WCAC third team (2018)
  • WCAC Field Hockey Campion (2016, 2017)
  • US Lacrosse Women’s National Tournament for the DC Metro Team (2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Brine National Classic (2014)
  • Starting Defender, MC Elite Lacrosse Club
  • Coached MC Elite lacrosse (2015-2018) 

Lauren Donahue, Coach Capital Blue Team

  • Head Coach, Mountain View High School, 2019-present 
  • Varsity Assistant Coach, Mountain View High School, 2018-2019
  • Varsity Lacrosse Player, UVA-Wise, 2014-2018
  • Bachelors, UVA-Wise, 2018 
  • MEC Champion, 2018 
  • IWLCA Academic Honor Roll, 2018 
  • Team Captain, 2016-2018 
  • 1st Team All Conference, UVA-Wise, 2016 & 2017 
  • 2nd Team All Conference, UVA-Wise, 2015 & 2018
  • 1st Team All Conference, Mountain View High School, 2014 
  • Team Captain, Mountain View High School, 2014 

Courtney Hamm, Coach Capital Orange Team

  • Lacrosse Scout, National Scouting Report 2020-present
  • Assistant Coach, Kenyon College (Division 2) 2019-2020
  • Assistant Coach, UVa-Wise (Division 2 Conference Tournament Champs 2018), 2017-2019
  • Assistant Coach, West Virginia Wesleyan (Division 2) 2016-2017
  • Head Coach, Battle Lax 2015-2016
  • USA College Rookie All-America honors, Ferrum College 2011-2015
  • USA South All-Conference, Ferrum College 2011-2015 
  • Single-Season Record Holder for Goals Scored (67), Ferrum College 2011-2015 
  • Conference & School Record Holder for Career Goals (256), Ferrum College 2011-2015 and Mountain East Conference

Abby Hendrix, Coach Capital White Team

  • Varsity Lacrosse Player, James Madison University, 2010-2014
  • CAA Champion 2011
  • JMU Dean's List, 2014
  • Team MVP, Albemarle High School, 2010
  • 2nd Team All Region, Albemarle High School, 2010
  • Central Virginia 1st Team, 2010

Becca Hetrick, Coach Capital Blue Team

  • Coach, Storm Lacrosse Club, 2017-2018
  • Assistant Coach, Villanova University, 2017
  • Varsity Player, Villanova University, 2014-2016
  • Lacrosse Player, Trinity Episcopal School, 2013
  • Named a 2013 all-american, all-state and All-LIS selection
  • Named the 2013 Trinity Episcopal MVP
  • All-MAPL Conference honors, 2011 and 2012
  • Named an All-Prep State selection in 2011 and 2012
  • Chosen as a 2011 Brine All-America and all-county honoree
  • All-Prep State selection, 2009, 2010, and 2011

Bridget Looney, Coach

  • Head Coach, Elizabeth Seton, 2016-present
  • Coach, Capital Lacrosse, 2013-2017
  • Coach, Check It Out, 2014
  • Coach, Academy of the Holy Cross, 2014
  • Assistant Coach, Harvard Women's Lacrosse, 2010-2013
  • Assistant Coach, St. Mary’s College, 2009-2010
  • Two-Time Captain, Syracuse University Women's Lacrosse, 2008 and 2009
  • Won Two Big East Titles, Syracuse, 2007 and 2008
  • Named to the All-Big East Second Team, 2009
  • Game and Career School Record in Caused Turnovers
  • WCAC Championship Team Starter, Academy of the Holy Cross, 2002

Kellie Looney, Coach

  • Assistant Lacrosse Coach, The Academy of the Holy Cross, 2015-present
  • Assistant Athletic Director, The Academy of the Holy Cross, 2017-present
  • Coach, Potomac Power Lacrosse Club
  • Varsity Lacrosse Player, SUNY Cortland, 2010-2013
  • Final Four Appearance, SUNY Cortland, 2012
  • Bachelors, University of Maryland, 2014
  • Varsity Lacrosse Player, The Academy of the Holy Cross, 2010
  • WCAC Honorable Mention, 2009 and 2010

Janet McCormick, Advisor

  • Head Varsity Lacrosse Coach, Holton-Arms School, 2012-present
  • Assistant Athletic Director of Sport Information and Admissions, Holton-Arms School, 2012-present
  • 2012 ISL A Division Regular Season and Tournament Championship
  • Head Coach, Capital Lacrosse and Stars Lacrosse Clubs
  • Director and Coach, US Lacrosse National Tournament DC Metro Region
  • Assistant Coach, Under Armour Lacrosse All-American Classic DC Area Team
  • Four Year Starter and Two Time Captain at Franklin High School, Reisterstown, MD
  • Full Scholarship Athlete at University of Connecticut
  • UConn Three Year Starter Women's Lacrosse
  • UConn Two Time Academic All-American
  • UConn Senior Captain 2007
  • Coach, Hotchkiss School (CT), 2008-2012

Avery Marelli, Coach Capital Orange Team

  • Club Lacrosse Team Player, American University 2018-present
  • State Champion Varsity Lacrosse Defense player, Riverside High School, Lansdowne VA.  
  • Second Team All Region Defense Player, 2018  
  • Defender, Virginia United Lacrosse Club, 2013-2018 

David 'Bucky' Morris, Advisor

  • Head Coach, Langley High School 2016-present
  • Assistant Girls Coach, Potomac School, 2007-2010
  • Director, McLean Youth Lacrosse, 2005-present
  • Head Coach, McLean Youth Girls Various Teams, 2005-present

Melanie Reilly, Head Goalie Coach

  • Starting Goalie, UVA-Wise 2015-2018
  • 2nd Team All Conference, UVA-Wise 2015 & 2016
  • All Freshman Team, UVA-Wise 2015
  • First Team All Conference, UVA-Wise 2017 & 2018
  • MEC Defensive Player of the Year, UVA-Wise 2017 & 2018
  • MEC Champion, 2018
  • All-MEC Tournament Team, 2018
  • IWLCA Midwest Region Second-Team, 2018
  • VaSID Women's Lacrosse College All-State, 2018
  • Team Captain, Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School 2014
  • First Team All Conference, Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School 2012-2014

Victoria Roebuck, Goalie Coach

  • Assistant Varsity and Goalie Coach, St. John’s College High School, 2016 and 2017
  • Goalie Development Coach, MC Elite, 2016 and 2017
  • Coach, Cate School, Santa Barbara, CA, 2014-2015
  • Ranked #1 in Total Saves per Game in the Nation, University of Richmond
  • Four Year Starting Goalie, University of Richmond, 2009-2012
  • Team MVP, Springside School (PA), 2007 and 2008
  • Captain, Springside School (PA), 2008
  • All-Inter-Academic Athletic League First-Team Selection, 2008
  • All-Inter-Academic Athletic League Honorable Mention, 2007 
  • Member, National Tournament Upper Atlantic Team 1, 2008

Kirsten Swanson, Coach

  • D1 Team Leading Scorer, University of California, Berkeley, 2016-2020
  • Second Team All-Pac-12
  • Ranked seventh in the Pac-12 in goals per game (2.39) and ninth in points per game (3.11) 
    • Scored a personal-best seven points on four goals and three assists at Arizona State

• Also posted three five-point games, including a career-high five-goal performance vs. Oregon  
•  Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention
•  Appeared in 16 games, scoring 27 points on 20 goals and 7 assists. Also collected seven ground balls
•  Set a career high with four goals against UC Davis
•  Also secured hat tricks vs. Saint Joseph's, UConn and Saint Mary's
• Named to the MPSF All-Academic Team
•  Captain, Georgetown Visitation Prepatory School, 2015
•  Coaches Award, All-Metro, ISL Second Team and garnered Washington Post All-Metro honorable mention honors
•  Led the DC Metro in assists her senior year
•  Played soccer and basketball

Mindy Urick, Coach & Advisor

  • Head Coach, St. John's College High School, 2019-present
  • Head Coach, Madlax Girls All-Stars, 2017-present
  • Head Coach, National Cathedral School, 2013-2019
  • Assistant Athletic Director, National Cathedral School, 2013-Present
  • Head Lacrosse & Field Hockey Coach, Portsmouth Abbey School, 2006-2011
  • Assistant Athletic Director, Portsmouth Abbey School, 2006-2011
  • MA, Sports Industry Management, Georgetown University, 2013 
  • BA, Georgetown University, 2002

Gabi Weigand, Coach

  • Assistant Coach/Offensive Coordinator, Furman University, 2013-2016
  • USAAI Lacrosse Coach - coached at the Prague Cup
  • University of Florida Varsity Lacrosse, 2011-2013
  • 2013 IWLCA Academic Honor Roll and SEC Academic Honor Roll
  • 2012 IWLCA Second Team All-South Region and All-ALC Second Team
  • 2012 IWLCA Academic Honor Roll
  • National Player of the Week (4/23/12)
  • ALC Offensive Player of the Week (4/23/12)
  • Final Four Appearance, 2x regular season ALC Champions, ALC Conference Champions
  • 2012 Leader in Goals 
  • University of Richmond Varsity Lacrosse, 2009-2011
  • 2011 A10 All-Conference Second Team and All-Tournament Team
  • 2010 All-Rookie Team
  • Coached Long Island Yellow Jackets throughout college
  • Under Armour All-American, 2009
  • 2009 First Team All American, Bay Shore High School
  • 3x Second Team All American (2006-2008)
  • Member of the Long Island Yellow Jacket Blue 09

Francesca Whitehurst, Coach

  • Midfielder, Georgetown University, 2016-2020
  • Named IWLCA Second Team All-South Region, BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year, First Team All-BIG EAST, Team MVP, Started all 18 games for the Hoyas in 2017
  • Ranked third in scoring with 47 points on 28 goals and a team-best 19 assists, Led the Hoyas with 73 draw controls as well as ranking second with 17 caused turnovers
  • Named Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-American, Three-time BIG EAST Midfielder of the Week, Also earned two nods to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll, Preseason All-BIG EAST, BIG EAST All-Academic.
  • Second Team All-BIG EAST in 2016, Won the team's Sheehan Stanwick Rookie of the Year Award
  • Named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Week on March 3, and earned a spot on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on April 26
  • Started all 17 games for the Hoyas
  • Became a member of the United States National Team, 2016
  • A four-year letterwinner in lacrosse, soccer and basketball at Roland Park Country School, Served as a two-year team captain for both soccer and lacrosse
  • Won a silver medal with the US U-19 National Team at the 2015 World Cup and earned a spot on the All-World Team
  • Named All-Metro for three-consecutive years and was a two-time high school All-American
  • Earned Under Armour All-America honors
  • Scored 198-career goals
  • Selected as the Baltimore Messenger Lacrosse Athlete of the Year twice and earned Baltimore Messenger Athlete of the Year honors as a senior
  • Played club with TLC Lacrosse

Josie Zinn, Coach

  • Midfielder & Draw Control Specialist, Georgetown University, 2016-2020
  • Started all 18 games for the Hoyas, Pulled in 14 draw controls, BIG EAST All-Academic, 2017
  • Appeared in all 17 games on the season with two starts to her credit & BIG EAST All-Academic in 2016
  • A four-year letterwinner and two-year team captain at Immaculate Heart Academy, A two-time First Team All-Bergen County, first team all-league, First Team All-Suburban and First Team All-North Jersey honoree in 2014 and 2015,
  • Under Armour Underclass Team New Jersey
  • All-American during both seasons ... Selected Second Team All-Bergen County, second team all-league, Second Team All-North Jersey, Second Team All-Suburban and All-New Jersey for School Girls in 2013
  • Named US Lacrosse Academic All-American in 2014 and 2015
  • Played club with Metro Magic
  • A member of the Honor Roll earning distinguished honors as a junior and senior