Comet Girls Lacrosse 2019

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HEAD COACHES

Melissa Anderson

Melissa is the Varsity A head lacrosse coach at Greenwich Academy. She also serves as a Director of College Counseling, the Director of the Teaching Fellows Program, and an Upper School History teacher. Melissa graduated from Princeton University in 1998 with an A.B. in Politics, and she earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 2007. At Princeton, Melissa was a four-year letter-winner and captain of the women’s lacrosse team, earning All-Ivy honors, winning two Ivy-League championships and participating in two NCAA Final Fours. She currently serves on the board of directors of US Lacrosse and chairs the US Lacrosse Athlete Experience Committee.

Laurie Downs

Laurie has been coaching lacrosse at Greenwich Academy since 1983. A field hockey and lacrosse player at Penn State, she won a NCAA lacrosse championship in 1980 and captained her lacrosse team her senior year. Laurie then went on to play on the US Lacrosse squad for seven years and has competed on New England teams at the National Tournament. Laurie has been active as a coach in the Greenwich community as well, coaching winter clinics and as Director of Lax Her Way (Lightning), a spring/summer travel program for middle school girls.   She holds a Level I and Level II coaching certification from US Lacrosse and has written coaching materials geared toward this age group.

Cayla Liptak

Hailing from Fairfield, Cayla currently teaches Physical Education and coaches field hockey, soccer, and lacrosse at the Bishop’s School in La Jolla, CA. She played Division III lacrosse at Bowdoin College and graduated with a B.A. in Art History and Italian. During her freshman year at Bowdoin, the team reached the NCAA Final Four and Championship game. Cayla has been coaching with Comet for the past four summers and helps direct our overnight and day camps. Her favorite coaching memory is winning the Schoolgirls' Division win the Comet 2023 team at the 2017 World Cup in London, England!

Julia Giorgio

Julia graduated from the University of Notre Dame, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from the Mendoza College of Business in 2014 before continuing on to obtain her Masters of Science in Accountancy degree in 2015. During her undergraduate years, she was a midfielder on the Varsity Women's Lacrosse Team and named captain during her final senior season. She was a member of the 4.0 Club (for all Student Athletes who obtain a 4.0 in a semester), named Big East Academic All- American and earned four monogram awards. She is currently in her fourth season as a midfielder for the New York Athletic Club in NYC. She grew up in Greenwich and attended Convent of the Sacred Heart for 5 years where she played varsity field hockey and lacrosse and was also a competitive equestrian show jumper at the national level. 
 

ASSISTANT COACHES

Carly Downs

Carly graduated from Bucknell University in the spring of 2015, where she was a member of the Division I lacrosse program for four years. More recently, she assisted with the Greenwich Youth Lacrosse 7A team and then with the Storm 2021 summer team. Before attending Bucknell, Carly played both field hockey and lacrosse at Greenwich Academy, and developed a passion for coaching through her involvement in a number of youth sport programs.

 

Sally Duval

Sally coaches varsity field hockey and varsity lacrosse at Greenwich Academy.  She graduated from Harvard University in 2000, winning a NCAA championship in ice hockey 1999 and captaining the 1999-2000 team.  An avid runner, Sally just completed her third ultra marathon in June, 2016.

Katie Johnson

Katie Johnson has been the assistant varsity lacrosse coach at Greenwich Academy since 2012.  Katie graduated from Greenwich Academy in 1988, where she was a US Lacrosse High-School All-American.  She then graduated from Princeton University in 1992, where she captained both the field hockey and lacrosse teams.  Katie earned All-American honors for three years and in 1992 was named the Princeton University Female Student-Athlete of the Year and the New Jersey Female Athlete of the Year by the Star-Ledger.  From 1991 to 1994, Katie played for the US National Team.

 

Taryn Petrelli

Taryn Petrelli teaches Middle School English at Brunswick School. She graduated with a B.A. from Middlebury College in 2009. She captained both the field hockey and lacrosse teams at Middlebury, where her team won the NESCAC championship twice and participated twice in the NCAA Final Four. She earned collegiate first-team All-American honors in lacrosse and, for her “performance, aggressiveness, leadership, tremendous desire and team spirit” in two intercollegiate sports, was given the A. Bayard Russ ’66 Memorial Athletic Award as a senior. A 2005 graduate of Greenwich Academy, Petrelli earned first-team All-American honors in lacrosse and one of the school’s most prestigious athletic distinctions, the Susan Beard Smart Award.

 

Hannah Withiam

Hannah graduated from Hamilton College in 2016 with a degree in Comparative Literature and Classics and currently works at the New York Post as an Associate Reporter and Producer in Sports.  While at Hamilton, Withiam was a four-year starter in soccer and a three-year starter in lacrosse, captaining both teams her senior year.  On the lacrosse field she earned all-region honors twice, with a second-team selection to the 2015 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Berkshire Region all-star team and a spot on the first team this spring. She was voted to the NESCAC all-conference women's lacrosse team after her senior year. Over her 64-game career, Withiam picked up 85 ground balls, won 46 draw controls and caused 40 turnovers as one of the team's defensive stalwarts. She was named to the NESCAC's fall and winter All-Academic Teams three times apiece, and in 2016 Hannah received the Milton H. Jannone Award for "outstanding athleticism, leadership and academic accomplishment."

(Credit to the Hamilton College website.)

Maggie Reville

A current freshman at Hamilton College, Maggie began playing lacrosse when she was in first grade. In middle school, Maggie moved into the vital position of goalie and never turned back. While she has a ton of memorable moments from her four years playing on the Greenwich Academy varsity team, her favorite game was beating Hotchkiss by six goals during her senior year.

Katherine Schulze

Katherine  was a three sport athlete (field hockey, ice hockey and lacrosse) at Princeton University class of '88. She was captain of her IH team senior year and was All Ivy League HM in lacrosse. Upon graduating, she played for 7 years on a club team based in Greenwich Ct.  For the past 20 years Katherine has coached various Upper School levels at Greenwich Academy as well as younger level teams for Greenwich Youth Lacrosse, Lightning and Comet travel programs.

ADMIN

Jen Ludington

Jen joined us at Comet in January 2017.  Prior to that, she received her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training and was a studio coordinator at Sama Yoga in New Canaan, CT.  Jen helps manage everything behind the scenes including tournament planning, registration, bookkeeping/accounting, uniform ordering, team management and website design and maintenance.  In addition, Jen also serves as the Program Administrator at The OGRCC in Old Greenwich, CT, a community non-profit providing programs and events to the Greenwich community.  Jen graduated from Denison University in 1987 and she has 3 grown children, all of whom play/played lacrosse at Greenwich High School.