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Lyndsey Gillis is the varsity head coach and program director of the Mercer Island Girls’ Lacrosse program. Since her inaugural year with Mercer Island in 2017, she has led the Islanders to two state championships and was the 2017 WSLA Coach of the year. Lyndsey also coaches the elementary school program on Mercer Island where her eldest of three is a happy participant. She currently serves as an executive member to the WSLA board in her commitment to help grow the sport in the PNW. Over the past twelve years, Lyndsey has been passionate about supporting and aiding players in their pursuit of collegiate level lacrosse. She has successfully helped many student-athletes find homes at NCAA DI-III programs. 

Prior to taking the position on Mercer Island, Lyndsey directed the Seattle Starz girls’ program in addition to teaching and coaching at Seattle Preparatory school for six years. She also spent two seasons at Greenwich Academy in Greenwich, CT as a teaching fellow where she coached varsity volleyball, basketball, and lacrosse. She earned her master’s degree from the University of Washington in 2012 and her BS from Bowdoin College in 2008 where she was a dual sport athlete.  

Bowdoin College, NCAA DIII Lacrosse, 2004-2008
Academic All-American 
Captain, 2008
3x NCAA tournament team 

Mercer Island Girls Lacrosse, Program Director and Varsity Head Coach, 2017-Present
Four-time Team Washington U19 and U15, Head Coach, 2014, 2019, 2022 
Seattle Starz, Program Director; Head Coach; HS Recruiting Advisor, 2012-2019
National Adrenaline All-American, Team 'North' Head Coach, 2018 
Under Armour West, Regional Coach, 2016
Seattle Preparatory School, Program Head, 2012-2016
Greenwich Academy, Varsity II Coach, 2008-2010


Saffron is a PNW native and started playing lacrosse in 6th grade as part of the first youth lacrosse program on Mercer Island. As varsity lacrosse captain, she graduated from Mercer Island High School in 2013. She continued her lacrosse career and attended the University of Mount Olive in North Carolina. As a third year program, Mount Olive made their way to the Top 10 of Division II and won its first Conference Carolinas Championship her sophomore year. Saffron graduated from Mount Olive in 2017. She is now back coaching on Mercer Island where she assists the varsity program in offensive coordinating and goalie coaching. Her efforts have helped lead the Islanders to two state championships since 2019.


University of Mount Olive 
-2x Second Team All Conference in 2016 & 2017
-Conference Carolinas Championship in 2015


Assistant Coach, MIHS, 2019-present
Mercer Island Summer Camps 2010-2016
Mercer Island Girls Lacrosse
-1st/2nd grade & 5th/6th grade in 2012 & 2013
-3rd/4th & 7th grade in 2018


Caitlin is a 2014 graduate of NCAA Division III NESCAC school, Connecticut College, where she played as a goalkeeper for the Camels. After graduating, Caitlin started her career in education and coaching working at a Boston-based educational non-profit and with the Milton Academy (MA) Freshman Lacrosse team, focusing on culture building and lacrosse basics. She later joined the Endicott College (MA) coaching staff where she focused on work with the GKs and coached the 2017 CCC Defensive Player of the Year. Caitlin then spent 4 years at Canterbury School (CT) as the Varsity Assistant Coach responsible for managing the defensive unit. After Canterbury, Caitlin spent time as both the Middle School and Upper School Head Coach for Pacific Ridge School (CA) girls’ lacrosse teams while working with Coast Lacrosse Club and individual goalies in the San Diego area. Caitlin is now at the Bush School and assisting with the ARC HS Elite and 2026 teams. 

Connecticut College, NCAA DIII Lacrosse, 2010-2014
-Named to 2013 All IWLCA Berkshire Region 2nd Team
-Named to 2014 NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team

-Individual goalie training, 2014-present 
-Pacific Ridge Varsity Head Coach, 2022-2023 
-Pacific Ridge Middle School Head Coach, 2021-2023
-Coast Lacrosse Club, 2021-2023
-Canterbury School Varsity Assistant Coach, 2017-2021
-Endicott College Assistant Coach, 2016-2017
-Milton Academy Freshman Head Coach, 2015-2016
-Dean College Goalie Coach, 2015-2016



Alle is a Mercer Island (class of 2017) and University of Oregon (class of 2021) alumna. She earned 4 varsity letters at MIHS and played 4 years of NCAA Division I lacrosse at the University of Oregon. At MIHS, Alle earned MVP, two all-conference and all-state accolades. She was also named Captain in her senior year. In her senior season at U of O, Alle started in all 12 games and was ranked 11th for total saves in the NCAA before the season was cut short due to covid. Alle specializes in goalie development and has coached levels K-12 for over 8 years. With 15 years of experience as a player and coach, Alle brings a new, active perspective for what it means to be a goalie. Alle currently lives in Seattle and works in within Tech.

University of Oregon, NCAA D I, 2017-2021


1:1 goalie development & training, 2015-present
Camp & Clinic Coach, University of Oregon, 2017-2022
Assistant Coach, Puget Sound Select, 2021
Mercer Island Girls Lacrosse Club,  2015-2019



Rachel is a Long Island native and Penn State University alumna who graduated in 2021. During her time at Penn State, she played varsity lacrosse for four years. In 2019, she joined Israel Lacrosse and competed in the European Championships, where her team finished in second place. Her lacrosse journey continued by becoming a member of the Women's National Team, she has since continued to make her mark as a member of the Women's National Team, playing in the 2022 World Games in Birmingham, AL, and dedicating time to coaching and promoting lacrosse in Israel. She holds an undergraduate degree in Media Studies.

Penn State University, NCAA DI 2017-2021
2x Academic All-Big Ten Selection
Ranked No. 5 in the Big Ten, 2018

Israel Lacrosse U20, 2023-2024
Hoboken Lacrosse, 2022-2023
Harlem Lacrosse, 2019
Liberty Lacrosse, 2018 


Caroline has been a youth and high school girls' lacrosse coach in Washington since 2007. She grew up on Mercer Island and comes from a family of lacrosse coaches who are wholeheartedly determined on growing the game. Caroline experienced a career ending injury her senior year of high school which led her to discover her love for coaching. Over the past fifteen years, she has been passionate about creating a profoundly positive environment, focused on teamwork and dedicated to skill development. Caroline earned her BA from Seattle University in 2012, and completed her Master’s degree in Education from the University of Washington in 2019, both in support of her lifelong drive to help others grow. Currently, Caroline is a Systems Engineer in education for Apple. 

High School
Mercer Island High School
4 year varsity starter 2004-2008
3x All-Conference 2004-2007
MVP 2007
Captain 2008
Puget Sound Select 2006-2008
Mercer Island Girls Lacrosse, 2007-Present
-10U, 14U, Mercer Island High School 
-Advanced and Development Camps
Vand’al Lacrosse 2022


Britt Starks grew up in Steamboat Springs, CO and picked up lacrosse on a whim in 9th grade. After quickly falling in love with the sport, she played for the varsity program for all four years of high school. In 2020, Starks graduated from Cornell College with a B.S. in secondary education and sociology. She was a dual-sport athlete competing for the Rams in volleyball and lacrosse from 2016-2020. As a teacher and coach, her philosophy focuses on athlete personal and team growth, both on and off the field. 


Cornell College
MWLC Conference All-Academic Team 2017-2020
MWLC All-Sportsmanship Team 2017-2018
Captain 2020
Program Season Assist Record 2018


Mercer Island Youth Program 2020-Present
Seattle Starz Youth Program 2021-2022 
Mercer Island High School JV Volleyball 2020-Present 




Maddy Hunter wrapped up her five-year career as one of the top all-around players for the NCAA DI, Arizona State Sun Devils. She was a part of the 2018 inaugural team. She has overcame adversity and emerged as a multi-year captain, becoming one of the faces of the program. Hunter played in 59 games as a midfielder: scoring 51 goals, dished out 19 assists, and caused 44 turnovers. She has also collected 94 ground balls and earned 125 draw controls, both totals put her Top-5 in program history. Hunter was also a Pac-12 All-Academic selection every year she was eligible. Along with experience in club coaching, she has provided private lessons for players of all positions. Her versatility in all ends of the field has equipped her with skills to help coach any player. Hunter has specialities in defensive, offensive, and draw circle (and taker) play. She earned an undergraduate degree in Medical Studies (BS) as well as a master’s degree in Healthcare Innovation (MHI). 

Arizona State University, NCAA DI 2017-22
Captain, 2019, 2020 and 2021
PAC-12 Honor Roll, 2021
Seattle Starz, 2019


Niki Demarinis grew up in south Seattle where she began playing lacrosse in the 9th grade. She played on varsity at Kennedy Catholic for three years and was captain her senior year. After high school, Niki attended Boise State University, where she was a starter for four years. During her junior year of college, Niki lead her team on and off the field by working as an officer on the board. When she graduated with her BA in English, she had helped to lead the Broncos to multiple regional appearances. Currently, Niki is the JV head coach at ISD. Niki is passionate about growing the game of women’s lacrosse and fostering friendships and community through the game. 

Boise State University, 2015-2018
-BSU Womens Lacrosse, Board Member 2016-2017
-Captain, 2017-2018
-RMWL Regional appearances 2016-2018
-Club Nationals 2017

ISD, JV Head Coach, 2021-Present
Seattle Starz Youth Coach, 2020-2022


Danielle Morgan is a Washington native, and a 2017 graduate of Aurora University in Aurora, IL. She was on the inaugural Mukilteo Lacrosse Club HS Girls team, and during her time in college, Danielle was on the inaugural AU Women’s Lacrosse team as a four-year starter, and captain her sophomore, junior, and senior years. The summer after her Junior year she played on the USA Athletes International Lacrosse team in the 2015 “Down Under Lacrosse Tournament” in Melbourne, Australia. She also made MWLC 1st Team All Conference for Defense and Midfield two years in a row. After receiving her B.A in Secondary Education and English, Danielle was the assistant women’s lacrosse coach for Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR. Now she coaches on Mercer Island where she is the JV Head Coach, a youth coach, and teacher at the middle school and high school. 


Aurora University, DIII Lacrosse, 2013-2017
-Captain 2014-2016
-MWLC All Conference 1st Team Defense 2015
-1st Team Midfield 2016

USA Athletes International 2015
-Down Under Lacrosse Tournament


Mercer Island Girls Lacrosse, 2018-Present
-HS and Youth, Head coach 
Seattle Starz, 2018-2022
-Program Director and Head Coach
-2025 Head Coach
Lacrosse Northwest, 2017-2018
-Girls Assistant Program Director and head coach
Pacific University, 2017-2018
-Assistant Women’s Lacrosse Coach
Aurora Women’s Lacrosse, 2016-2017
-Student Assistant Coach/Manager 2016- 2017
Illinois Girls Lacrosse Club 
-Head Lacrosse Coach



Anabel Ohsman grew up in the Seattle area playing lacrosse for Snolax Girls Lacrosse from third grade through high school. She went on to play NCAA DIII lacrosse at Willamette University where she was a part of the 2019 inaugural team and was named team captain for the 2020 and 2021 season. Since graduating, Anabel began coaching for Mercer Island Girls Lacrosse at the 14U level.


Willamette University, NCAA DIII Lacrosse, 2018-2021
Second team All-Conference 2019, 2021
Captain, 2020-2021


Mercer Island Girls Lacrosse, 2022
-14U Assistant Coach
Vand’al Lacrosse Club, 2022
-12U Coach
Snolax Girls Lacrosse, 2017
-8U Coach



Elizabeth is a Bellevue native and Seattle Starz program alum for 7 years, including the program’s inaugural season. She played for Bellevue High School, held a captain title during her Junior year, and spent senior year playing for NSI after transferring to Sammamish High School. She graduated from Occidental College in 2020 with a B.A. in Economics and minors in History, Public Health and Urban & Environmental Policy. Andrews competed all four years at midfield for Occidental's NCAA DIII program, reaching playoffs every year. Additionally, she made SCIAC All-Academic Team for three seasons. 


Occidental College, NCAA DIII,2016-2020
-SCIAC All-Academic 2016-2019 

Seattle Starz 2025, 2021-2022
Vandals High School, 2018-2019



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