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Meet Our Staff!

Liz Cook

Director and Program Manager for GSE. Liz has been with GSE for 10 years. Liz has been coaching lacrosse for over 25 years. She's in her second season as an assistant coach with the Lawrenceville School Girls Lacrosse program. She was the Head Girls Lacrosse Coach at the Hun School of Princeton for 4 years where she was named 2017 Trenton Times Coach of the Year and 2015 Town Topics Top Coach pick.
Liz also coached at Princeton Day School for 14 years. She grew up in Princeton, NJ playing high school lacrosse for Princeton Day School where she was a two-time All-American, 1st Team All Prep A selection, 1990 Town Topics Player of the Year and inducted in to Princeton Day School's Hall of Fame. She went on to play lacrosse for Brown University in addition to Field Hockey and Ice Hockey. She was on the coaching staff at Princeton Day School from 1999 to 2014, helping the Panthers Varsity Lacrosse teams to winning records in 12 straight seasons. Liz also directed the Princeton Lacrosse Club girls program for 7 years, in addition to coaching the U13 youth teams. Liz coached The Under Armour All America Lacrosse NJ Command Team in 2017 and 2018. The 2018 NJ Command Team won its first ever Championship.


Liz will be working with the GSE 2022 team.

  • Graduation Year: PDS '90, D1 Brown University '95

Meg Clements

Director of Player Development and Recruiting for GSE. Meg played high school lacrosse at Hopewell Valley HS, where she won three consecutive Mercer County Championships and was a two time CVC Player of the Year. She went onto star at Division I Rutgers University ending as the 8th all time leader in career draw controls and earning 2014 Pre-Season All Big-East and Second Team All-Big East honors.

In 2015, Meg played and coached internationally for Durham University in the UK where she earned her masters degree in Marketing and led the team to their first ever British University and College Sports (BUCS) National Championship. In 2016, she was an assistant coach under Bryan Fisher on the Notre Dame Mercer County Championship team.

Meg is entering her 6th season as an assistant coach at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken NJ, earning back to back Empire 8 Conference Coaching Staff of the Year in 2017 and 2018, and helped bring the Ducks to the second round of the 2018 NCAA tournament since 2011.

Meg will be working with the GSE 2022 team.

  • Graduation Year: Hopewell Valley '10, D1 Rutgers University '14, Durham University, UK '15

Bryan Fisher - 2023 Coach

Coach Fish is a graduate of West Windsor Plainsboro High School and Gettysburg College. He founded Garden State Elite Lacrosse with Kerry C. Weigner in 2009. Bryan is the Girls Varsity Lacrosse Head Coach at Notre Dame High School in Lawrence, NJ. Notre Dame won 5 straight division titles (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), won the 2015 and 2016 Mercer County Tournament Championship and won the Central Jersey Group III Sectional State Championship in 2017 and 2019.

While head coach at WWP South Bryan helped improve his program, a Laxpower ranking from #130 when he took it over to #16 in 2011. Fish was named Girls Lacrosse Coach of the Year by the Trentonian in 2009, 2010, 2015, 2016, and 2017 and the Trenton Times in 2009, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019. He currently teaches history at WWP-South and also coaches the boys varsity soccer team and girls varsity basketball team.

  • Graduation Year: WWPHS '96, D3 Gettysburg College '00

Emily Bitka - GK Coach

Emily finished up her third season with the Stevens Ducks, where she works primarily with the defense and goalies. Bitka was a two-year captain for the Slippery Rock women's lacrosse program, holding multiple program records at the time of her graduation and is the NCAA's single-season record holder in ground balls and ground balls per game . She was a two-time All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference honoree and was named the conference's Player of the Year in 2018. The goalie was an Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association All-American in her senior season and was named Most Valuable Player of the IWLCA Senior All-Star Game.

Bitka began her collegiate career at the University of Albany, where she spent two seasons with the Great Danes, making two trips to the America East Conference Championship.

Coach Bitka will be running our 'Goalie World' sessions this Summer.

  • Graduation Year: D2 Slippery Rock '16

Ryan Clements - Strength Coach

Ryan graduated from William Paterson University where he also played football as well. He most recently was an assistant football coach at Monmouth University where they won the Big South conference championship in 2019. He also coached professional American football overseas in Austria in 2020. Ryan currently coaches at a CrossFit gym in Neptune City, NJ called Ocean Athletics while working in medical sales full time.

Ryan will be working with all GSE teams this summer in regards to strength and conditioning.

  • Graduation Year: Hopewell Valley '08, William Patterson '13

Karen Shaddock

Karen is the Head Women's Lacrosse Coach at Stevens Institute of Technology. Shaddock was an Assistant Coach at Williams College and spent two seasons as head coach of the Lycoming Warriors, piloting the team to 22 victories. Shaddock also coached at Medaille College and Rochester Institute of Technology.

As an undergraduate, Shaddock played four seasons at Buffalo State University and concluded her career as one of the most decorated scorers in NCAA history, compiling 457 points over 72 career contests. During her time as a Bengal, Shaddock earned four IWLCA All-Empire Region selections, was a four-time All-SUNYAC performer and received Second Team IWLCA All-American recognition as a senior. After a strong freshman campaign, Shaddock was tabbed SUNYAC Rookie of the Year and also earned All-American honors from WomensLacrosse.com, becoming the first player in program history to earn All-American distinction. Still in possession of multiple Buffalo State scoring records, Shaddock currently ranks fourth in NCAA history, regardless of division, in career points. She also is tied for the third-fastest goal in Division III history (:06 seconds against SUNY Geneseo on May 1, 2009) and led Division III in points (150) as a senior. Shaddock will be inducted into her alma mater's Hall of Fame later this year.

A 2012 graduate of Buffalo State with a bachelor's degree in individualized studies, Shaddock is currently completing her master's degree in sports leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University.


Karen will be a guest coach this Summer running draw control clinics.

  • Graduation Year: D3 Buffalo State '12

Brighde Dougherty

Masters in leadership from Azusa Pacific University and undergraduate degree in Media and Society from Hobart and William Smith College. Coached lacrosse at the collegiate level for 14 years becoming the second coach in William Smith Colleges from club to varsity level. Certified in MindBody Therapy through Embodied Philosophy. Completed a NOLS course and developed a leadership curriculum for Outward Bound and is an active member of AEE Association for Experiential Education. 200hr Certified yoga and meditation instructor through Luminous Heart Institute and devoted student of mindfulness.


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Brighde has used play as a means to lead herself, and those she has coached, towards self-empowerment her entire life. She has learned how to harness and teach the natural communication, trust and connection that occurs during physical activity as a vehicle to help individuals and teams connect.


Brighde will be working with each team this Summer at a few of our practices.


Raven Linton - 2023 Coach

Raven is a fifth year at New Haven College studying Chemical Engineering. This past year she continued to break records as she now holds the program record in draw controls. Linton was also named a Pre-season All-American heading into the 2021 season. As a sophomore, she broke the record for career high draws in a single game (16) and draws in a single season (126). She was selected to First Team All-Conference and Second Team All-Region for the Eastern region. As a freshman she was named to the Northeast 10 All-Rookie Team. Raven graduated from Notre Dame High School and also won back to back Mercer County Championships.

  • Graduation Year: Notre Dame High School '16, D2 New Haven College '21

Ali Natalicchio - GK Coach

Ali is a recent graduate from The College of New Jersey where she played for four years and studied Communications. Under Coach Pfluger, Ali was part of the team that made it to the 2017 NCAA National Championship and 2018 NCAA Final Four. She played her high school career at Notre Dame under Coach Fisher where she won two Mercer County Championships and was named 2016 CVC Player of the Year. She has been a goalie for 13 years and a goalie coach for 5 years.

  • Graduation Year: Notre Dame High School '16, D3 The College of New Jersey '21

Laurie Stagnitta

Laurie grew up in Baltimore and has been playing lacrosse since kindergarten. She went to the University of Pennsylvania and played lacrosse and field hockey there. Her love of coaching began at Penn, when due to a career ending injury, she became a player-coach. Laurie coached at Washington & Lee for 12 years and also started their field hockey program. Laurie's husband Jim is a professional lacrosse coach, and while raising her kids, she coached at Hillsborough High School for over a decade. Laurie is a proud mother to her daughter, Ali, who is an entertainment reporter in NYC and her son, Matt, who played lacrosse at Hopkins and just completed his masters & took his fifth year at Jacksonville. Laurie and her husband now live in Point Pleasant Beach.

  • Graduation Year: D1 University of Pennsylvania

Lisa Ewanchyna - 2025 Coach

Lisa is currently the head coach of the Lawrenceville School Girls Lacrosse Team and Senior Associate Dean of Admission for Recruitment. She is also the head Field Hockey coach as well. Prior to the Lawrenceville School, Lisa was the head varsity coach at Deerfield Academy in MA. Lisa played collegiately at Princeton University, class of 1996. She was part of the National Championship team in 1994, while earning 1st Team All-American in that same year. In her first year, she was named Ivy League Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year for both lacrosse and field hockey. In her senior year she garnered IWLCA Midfielder of the Year in addition to earning 1st Team All-American honors again. Lisa was also part of the US Developmental National Team from 1994-1996.

  • Graduation Year: D1 Princeton University '96

Beth Murrinn - 2025 Coach

Beth served as the Varsity Lacrosse coach at Hillsborough High School for fifteen seasons (2003-2017) amassing a 209-82 record and leading the program to 3 Somerset County and 3 Skyland Conference Championships during her tenure. In addition to lacrosse, Beth Coached the Varsity Gymnastics program at Hillsborough as well. Over 19 seasons she collected a 182-22 record and led the team to 31 total County, Conference, and Sectional State Championships. Beth is a member of the 2014 New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Association Hall of Fame, a 2016 NJSIAA Sports Award recipient for contributions to the sport of gymnastics, the 2007-2008 National Federation Coaches Association Coach of the Year for New Jersey, and was recognized with 10 all-area, all-section and State Coach of the Year Honors from the Courier News and Star Ledger. In addition to her scholastic coaching experiences Beth was also the founder and co-owner of Raider Elite Lacrosse from 2008-2014, and the founder of the Hillsborough Youth Girls Lacrosse program.
While Beth has a passion for coaching and having a positive impact on young women through their sport, she also serves her districts as a special educator. She was a teacher at both the middle school and high school level, served as a member of the child study team, and now works as a supervisor of special education.

Brogann Sanderson Bowden - 2026 Coach

This is Brogann's second year with GSE.  She has coached lacrosse for over 25 years and has a background in child psychology.  Brogann was a high school All-American at St. George's School in Newport, RI.  She graduated from the University of Virginia and went on to earn her MSW from Bryn Mawr School of Social Work and Social Research.  While at UVA, she coached the Walton Middle School girls lacrosse team and founded True North Lacrosse with her late husband, All-World Goalie, Chris Sanderson.  For 20 years, True North operated year-round camps, clinics, club teams, and tournaments in both the US and Canada.  From 2002 to 2007, Brogann served as the Director of Counseling Services at The Pennington School where she coached the varsity girls lacrosse team to a Prep B State Championship in 2005.  In recent years, she coached every grade level for Hopewell Valley Lacrosse, and, this spring, was hired as an assistant varsity coach at Princeton Day School.

  • Graduation Year: St. George's School, D1 University of Virginia

Julia Giordano - 2026 Coach

Julia is a coach and teacher in the West Windsor-Plainsboro school district. She is in her 5th year as the head coach of the WWP North Girls Lacrosse team. Julia began coaching lacrosse in 2011, when she helped start the Shore Youth Lacrosse program in Monmouth Beach, NJ.  She also coaches field hockey and basketball. In high school, Julia played for Shore Regional High School, where her team won two state sectional championships and three conference titles.  She went on to play on the women's lacrosse team at TCNJ winning 2 NJAC Conference Championships and making it to the NCAA Regional finals both years. Julia graduated from TCNJ in 2014.

  • Graduation Year: Shore Regional HS '11, D3 The College of New Jersey '14

Connie Bunce

Connie played lacrosse and field hockey at Rowan University. She started the MUDDOGS Youth Lacrosse program in South Jersey and coached their for 7 years. Connie is also a USL Official and has been officiating games at the youth, high school, and collegiate levels for 12 years. Pictured with Connie is her daughter Sarrah. Connie's other daughter Hannah is a GSE alum and coach.

  • Graduation Year: D3 Rowan University '96

Zoe Cook

Zoe graduated from Princeton Day School and played attack and midfield for the Panthers. Zoe earned four varsity letters, was named Midfielder of the Year as a senior. Zoe was tabbed 1st team all-conference, all-area and All-MAPL as a junior and garnered 1st team All-County and All-Trentonian as a sophomore. Zoe scored 172 goals and had 41 assists in four high school seasons and won 67 Draws. Zoe played lacrosse her freshman year for the William Smith Herons in 2020, then transferred to Stevens Institute of Technology for the 2021 season. Zoe was third on the team in goals and points, and earned Second Team All-Conference honors this past season for the Ducks.

Zoe will be working with GSE 2022 Team.

  • Graduation Year: Princeton Day School '19, D3 Stevens Institute of Technology

Carol Rose

Carol graduated from the Benjamin School in Florida. She is a rising senior at Hobart and William Smith College. 

Carol will be working with the GSE 2022 team.

  • Graduation Year: The Benjamin School '18, Hobart & William Smith

Josie Cook

Josie has played for GSE for the past 7 years. She graduated from the Hun School of Princeton where she was a standout defender and senior captain of the team. She was named First Team All-Prep for 2018. Josie will be a junior defender at Stevens Institute of Technology.

Josie will be working with the GSE 2023 team.

  • Graduation Year: The Hun School of Princeton '18, D3 Stevens Institute of Technology

Sara Howard

Sara Howard just graduated from Gettysburg College where she was a starting defender for the Bullets while studying biology. She was part of the winning NCAA National Championship for Gettysburg in 2018. Sara graduated from Montgomery High School where she was a captain of the lacrosse team and 1st team all-conference team her senior year.

Sara will be working with the GSE 2024 team.

  • Graduation Year: Montgomery High School '17, D3 Gettysburg College '21

Emily Guenther

Emily is a recent graduate of Notre Dame High School where she played midfield under Coach Bryan Fisher and Coach Bob Henderson. Playing for the Irish, she totaled 48 points, won the Central Jersey Section III final, and was named team captain her senior year. After graduating, she was awarded the "Athletic Directors Award" along with several academic honors. She is now a midfielder at (#1 ranked, Division II) the University of Indianapolis. In this past season, as a freshman she played in 8 games and totaled 5 points. She started her club lacrosse career playing for GSE and this is Emily's first year coaching for GSE.

Emily will be working with the GSE 2024 team.

  • Graduation Year: Notre Dame HS '20, D2 University of Indianapolis

Clare Fitzgerald

Clare is a 2020 graduate from Montgomery High School and played for GSE for 7 years. Clare will be a sophomore defender this year at Stevens Institute of Technology.

Clare will be working with the GSE 2024 team.

  • Graduation Year: Montgomery High School '20, D3 Stevens Institute of Technology

Grace McGeeney

A 2020 graduate from Hopefully Valley Central High School. Grace is a rising sophomore defender on the Youngstown State Division 1 lacrosse team in Ohio.

Emily will be working with the GSE 2025 team.

  • Graduation Year: Hopewell Valley HS '20, D1 Youngstown University

Anna Hyson

Anna recently graduated from the Hun School of Princeton. She started playing lacrosse in 8th grade, she has since been on the varsity roster and was named Team Captain in her senior year. Anna was also a standout soccer player at Hun earning team captain there as well. Anna has played with GSE for 3 years, and will continue her lacrosse playing career at Skidmore College this Fall.

Anna will be working with the GSE 2025 team.

  • Graduation Year: The Hun School '21, D3 Skidmore College

Hailey Wexler

Hailey recently graduated from the Princeton Day School. In her high school career as a GK Hailey has earned 7 varsity letters, 4 coming from lacrosse. Hailey has played for GSE for 5 years and will continue her lacrosse playing career at #7 TCNJ this Fall.

Hailey will be working with the GSE 2025 team.

  • Graduation Year: Princeton Day School '21, D3 #7 TCNJ

Lauren Cunniff

Lauren graduated from the Hun School where she as an Academic All-American. Lauren is entering her 4th year at Stevens Institute of Technology where she is studying Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science. She is a goalie for the Stevens Women's Lacrosse team. Cunniff earned MAC Freedom Defensive Player of the Week honors after a shutout half against #9 York College. Lauren graduated from the Hun School of Princeton in 2018. In her high school career she was named Prep Goalie of the Year in '18 and US Lacrosse all Academic team in '17 and '18. Lauren has been a goalie for 10 years, played GSE for 5 years and has been coaching for 4 years.

Lauren will be working with the GSE 2026 Team.

  • Graduation Year: The Hun School of Princeton '18, D3 Stevens Institute of Technology

Kate Long

Kate played for GSE from 2015 until graduation. She graduated from the Pennington School in 2020 where she was a tri-varsity athlete all four fours except for Fall of her junior year where she attended the Island School. In her senior year she was named captain for both the field hockey and lacrosse team. Kate will be a sophomore at CU Boulder where she plays club field hockey and lacrosse.

Kate will be working with the GSE 2026 team.

  • Graduation Year: The Pennington School '20, CU Boulder

Hannah Bunce

Hannah graduated from The Hun School of Princeton where she was a standout on the girls lacrosse team. She scored 170 goals, dished out 86 assists, and scooped up 261 ground balls in her career at the Hun School of Princeton. She was an all-state player her Juniors and Senior seasons and lettered in soccer for four years.  Hannah took her talents to The University of Indianapolis where she was named to the All-GLIAC Second Team as a freshman.  This is Hannah's 3rd year coaching for GSE.

Hannah will be working with the GSE 2027/28 Team.

  • Graduation Year: The Hun School of Princeton '18, D2 University of Indianapolis

Brooke Perlman

Brooke is a rising sophomore at Vassar College where she is part of the Vassar Women's lacrosse team. Brooke graduated from The Peddie School in 2019, where she was the starting goalie in her junior and senior year. She earned eight varsity letters at Peddie, four of them from lacrosse. Her senior year Brooke had 124 saves and a save percentage of .461. In the two years she started in goal for Peddie, she had 237 total saves.


Brooke will be working with the GSE 2027/2028 Team.


  • Graduation Year: The Peddie School, D3 Vassar

Carly VanMater

Carly recently graduated from Northern Burlington High School. Carly has been playing lacrosse since 6th grade. She has played varsity for the last three years of high school. In her senior year she was team captain and named Player of the Week in the BCSL Conference. This fall, Carly will be joining the Seton Hill University lacrosse team.


Carly will be working with the GSE 2027/2028 Team.


  • Graduation Year: Northern Burlington Regional High School '21, D2 Seton Hill University

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