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MEGAN BIANCO

National 2023 Team Head Coach, WNS Varsity Head Coach

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 J

 

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. In addition to coaching Black Lax, Bianco is the current Varsity Head Coach for WNS High School girls team, and has coached for MKE Elite in the past.

 

 

MEREDITH BLACK 

Black Lax Program Director, Marquette University Head Coach

Meredith Black completed her ninth season and tenth year at Marquette in 2020-21. She was named the first head coach in Marquette women's lacrosse history on Feb. 4, 2011, taking over the program prior to the 2012 season, after which time she oversaw its transformation into an NCAA Division I varsity team before leading it into its first season in 2013.

 

The 2021 season ended with Marquette finishing 7-9 (4-6 BIG EAST) and a fifth place finish in the BIG EAST Conference. The Golden Eagles won three of their six non-conference games, defeating Oregon, Central Michigan and Kent State to ready themselves for BIG EAST play.

 

MU split with Villanova and won at Georgetown for the first time in program history with a convincing  15-9 victory on April 9. The Golden Eagles closed their season with two wins at Butler.

 

Statistically, MU ranked second in the conference in goals (214), points (303), and assists (89). MU also boasted a top-40 scoring offense nationally (13.38 goals and 18.94 points per game). A consistent theme under Black's watch, the Golden Eagles led the BIG EAST in draw controls (226) while turning the ball over just 15.44 times per game, the lowest figure in the BIG EAST.

 

Coach Black proved to be key in the development of redshirt senior attacker Megan Menzuber, who leaves Marquette ranking No. 2 all-time in points (178) and goals (127) and No. 5 in assists (51).

 

Black's 2020 squad had its season shortened because of COVID-19 and finished with a 6-4 record. The Golden Eagles won four of their five home games and boasted a lineup that featured seven girls scoring between 14 and 23 goals. Jules Horning (2017-20) became the all-time leader in saves at MU (429) while Megan Menzuber became the 10th player in program history to reach the 100-point mark.

 

Junior attacker Caroline Steller led the team in scoring (23 goals, 17 assists) with a breakout season in her third year on campus. She was named BIG EAST Attacker of the Week honors after scoring six goals and dishing out three assists in two games against Arizona State and Fresno State. Hannah Greving led all BIG EAST freshmen with 14 goals and was on her way to becoming MU's second consecutive BIG EAST Freshman of the Year had the season finished.

 

The 2019 season marked significant progress in the seventh year of Meredith Black's tenure at MU. The Golden Eagles made the postseason for the second time in as many years, making the Big East Tournament semifinals. The team earned its highest-ever seed in the conference tournament (No. 2) and hosted a Big East Tournament game at Valley Fields for the first time in program history. On senior night, Marquette set another program record after a 14-12 victory over No. 24 Georgetown, marking MU's first-ever triumph over a top-25 opponent.

 

Also in 2019, senior Grace Gabriel became Coach Black's first player to garner First Team All-BIG EAST honors in three consecutive seasons (2017-19). The 2018 IWLCA Second Team All-American surpassed the school's record for career points in 2019 to own Marquette's points (196), goals (172), shots (428) and draw controls (324) career records. She was also named the conference's Co-Midfielder of the Year for the second consecutive season. A program-record five players were named to the All-BIG EAST first and second teams, while freshman attacker Shea Garcia was named Coach Black's first ever BIG EAST Freshman of the Year.

 

Black's program had a banner year in 2018 in which it set numerous records and milestones on its way to 10 victories and a first-ever BIG EAST semifinals berth. Collectively, the Golden Eagles set records in every statistical category, including goals (244), which marked an increase of more than three goals per game from the 2016 season. The 13.56 goals per game average finished in the nation's top-30 by year's end. Individually, she had her first-ever IWLCA All-American and BIG EAST Co-Midfielder of the Year in junior Grace Gabriel, who notched a school record in goals (56), points (67), draws (107) and caused turnovers (31). For the second-straight year, three Golden Eagles earned All-BIG EAST recognition.

 

The 2017 season was a year in which the offense took another step forward. Despite a 6-11 overall record with a 4-5 mark in BIG EAST play, the team scored 42 more goals than in 2016 and raised the scoring average by more than five goals per game over the last two seasons. A big factor in all of that was the production of senior attacker Julianna Shearer, who set numerous all-time program records including the single-season scoring mark with a BIG EAST-leading 55 goals. Shearer joined Grace Gabriel (unanimous selection) on the BIG EAST First Team, while Allison Lane earned all-league honors for the second consecutive year as a second team selection.

 

The 2016 season saw Black’s squad take a giant leap forward offensively, averaging nearly 10.5 goals per game on the way to a program-record seven wins and a tie for third place in the BIG EAST Conference, the program’s highest-ever finish in league play. For the first time, three members received All-BIG EAST honors, including two first team selections (Allison Lane, Elizabeth Goslee) and a second team pick (Julianna Shearer). Goslee became the program's first two-time all-region selection after being named to the IWLCA All-West/Midwest Second Team.

 

The 2015 campaign saw some early success, but it remained one of continued development and improvement for the Marquette University women's lacrosse program. Three of the team's first five games went to overtime, including a season-opening 8-7 loss to 16th-ranked Johns Hopkins in the first-ever women's lacrosse game played in Houston, Texas. After dropping it's first three contests, MU strung together three-straight wins for the first time in program history with back-to-back overtime wins on the road against Duquesne (8-7) and UC-Davis (5-4) followed by a 15-4 win over St. Mary's.

 

The defense shaved nearly a goal-and-a-half off its goals against average from the season prior as they held opponents to just 9.97 goals per game, which ranked third in the BIG EAST. Marquette ranked 13th-nationally as a team in caused turnovers per game (9.65) and junior Elizabeth Goslee ranked in the top-20 individually. Goslee, along with Claire Costanza, earned All-BIG EAST Second Team accolades.

 

The 2014 season marked the first season for the Golden Eagles as full-fledged members of the BIG EAST Conference and they picked up a victory in their first-ever league game against Cincinnati on March 28 at Valley Fields.

 

Following losses at a pair of top-10 teams in Johns Hopkins and Northwestern to begin 2014, Marquette reeled off wins in three of its next four contests, including back-to-back victories at Michigan and Detroit.

 

Those consecutive wins were a program first and the 15-9 triumph over Detroit highlighted a season-long improvement on attack. The Golden Eagles increased their offensive output by over two goals per game in 2014 and allowed three-and-a-half fewer goals against, while turning the ball over 100 fewer times.

 

Four athletes earned All-BIG EAST Conference Second Team honors during MU's inaugural season in the league with Amanda Bochniak, Hayley Baas, Elizabeth Goslee and Sarah Priem all earning recognition. Bochniak and sophomore Claire Costanza each posted over 20 goals and 20 assists and the attack will be bolstered in 2015 by the return from injury of Julianna Shearer, who posted 12 goals and three assists before a season-ending injury after just seven games.

 

The women's lacrosse program continues as a shining example in the community for the Marquette athletic department, volunteering countless hours and continuing to raise funds in an inspiring effort in the fight against pancreatic cancer. All told, over $12,000 was raised for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network during the 2014-15 academic year, bringing MU's total during its three seasons of competition to over $30,000 for the organization.

 

In both 2017 and 2019, the Marquette University women's lacrosse team was one of three programs in the nation to earn the IWLCA's annual Team Community Awareness Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions by one team from each division on their campus and in their local community.

 

The former Meredith Simon arrived at Marquette after spending the previous seven years as an assistant coach at Towson, Notre Dame and the University of California-Berkeley. She helped Towson and Notre Dame to a combined four NCAA Championship appearances and coached one season at Cal where she worked with the Golden Bears' attack and goaltenders.

 

At Notre Dame from 2008-10, she helped the Irish to a 39-19 record in three seasons, including the 2009 BIG EAST Championship and three NCAA Championship appearances. Black coached four all-Americans (Jillian Byers, Gina Scioscia, Caitlin McKinney and Shaylyn Blaney) during that time and oversaw the 2009 team that set school records for goals (321), assists (150) and points (471), while claiming the BIG EAST title and advancing to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship.

 

She took her first coaching job at Towson in 2005 after a standout career as a student-athlete at Notre Dame, and helped the Tigers to their first Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) title and NCAA Championship berth in school history. Following three years at Towson (2005-07) under head coach Missy Doherty, Black returned to her alma mater as an assistant under Tracy Coyne, for whom she played as an undergraduate.

 

During her playing career at Notre Dame, Black helped the Fighting Irish to the first two NCAA Championship appearances in school history in 2002 and 2004. She was also the school's first student-athlete to be named an Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) First Team All-American in 2004, while setting the then-Notre Dame single-season scoring mark with 74 points on 46 goals and 28 assists. Black led ND to the NCAA Tournament that season and became the first ND player nominated for the Tewaaraton Award, honoring the nation's top player.

 

She was also a two-time All-BIG EAST First Team selection (2003 and 2004) and was named the BIG EAST Attack co-Player of the Year in 2004.

 

The Flemington, N.J., native concluded her career with the Irish first in school history in games played (64), third in goals (109), fourth in assists (49), third in points (158), tied for fourth in ground balls (123) and third in draw controls (91).

 

Black graduated from Notre Dame with a bachelor's degree in American studies in 2004 and was a four-time dean's list selection. She prepped at Hunterdon Central High School in New Jersey, where she was a three-sport standout in soccer, basketball and lacrosse.

 

The former Meredith Simon married Adam Black in October of 2010. They currently reside in Whitefish Bay with their two daughters, Juliet (born January 2015) and Belle (born April 2018).

 

 

MICHAEL HODGE

National 2022 Team Head Coach, Carroll University Head Coach

Michael Hodge returns for his sixth season in 2020 as the head coach for the women's lacrosse team at Carroll University. Hodge's career record at Carroll is 29-51 over five seasons, and has coached seven all-conference selections. His best season to date came in 2018 when the Pioneers finished the season a program best 13-4.

 

Following a three-year playing career at Holy Cross College in Notre Dame, Indiana, Hodge jumped right into his coaching career after being named head coach at his alma mater in 2008.

 

Hodge remained as the head men's lacrosse coach at Holy Cross from 2008-2012 then decided to broaden his coaching horizons. He moved east and became the assistant women's lacrosse coach at the State University of New York in Canton, New York, a position he held for two years before being offered the Carroll job.

 

Hodge earned a liberal arts degree from Holy Cross in May of 2008 then went on to obtain his master's degree in sports administration from Valparaiso University in December of 2011.

 

Hodge resides in Waukesha with his wife, Meghan, and their two daughters, Hannah and Henley.

 

 

CASEY KORB

National 2023 Team Assistant Coach, Marian University Assistant Coach

Casey Korb joined the Marian University women’s lacrosse coaching staff as the graduate assistant in the fall of 2019. Prior to her arrival at Marian she was a four-year member of the Carthage women's lacrosse program as a starting low defender.  Her final season saw her transition to a student-assistant position.

 

Casey graduated from Carthage in May of 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and Studio Art with a minor in Art History.

 

 

MADELINE NOWAK

National 2024 Team Head Coach, Carroll University Assistant Coach

Madeline Nowak has been named assistant women’s lacrosse coach at Carroll University. Berg’s first season under head coach Michael Hodge will be the 2016 season.

 

Nowak played collegiately for one season at Indian Institute of Technology in Fort Wayne, Ind., where she was the team’s starting goalie. She transferred from the NCAA Division II institution following her freshman campaign and spent the next three years as the president and goalie for the women’s club lacrosse team at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

 

She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from UW-La Crosse in December of 2015 in Middle Childhood to Early Adolescence Education while minoring in English.

 

Since June of 2011, Nowak has spent time locally working as a summer high school lacrosse coach for Cool Stick Wisconsin in Hartland.

 

Nowak starred as a prep at Hartland Arrowhead High School. She was a two-time defensive Most Valuable Player for the Arrowhead girls lacrosse team while also earning All-Conference honors as a senior with a 53% save average.

 

 

DAVID POMEROY

Regional East Black Team Head Coach, Marian University Head Coach

David Pomeroy was named the inaugural head women's lacrosse coach in November of 2017.  He most recently was the head women's lacrosse coach at Division III Northland College where he also was the program's first head coach.

 

Prior to moving north to Wisconsin, Pomeroy spent much of his career on the East Coast.  He served as an assistant coach, head goalie coach and recruiting coordinator for three seasons at Division II Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  During his time with the Crimson Hawks, 13 student-athletes earned all-conference recognition, nine student-athletes were named all-region and six student-athletes earned All-American status.  IUP also finished the season ranked in the national polls all three seasons and off the field were named an IWLCA All-Academic team twice.

 

Pomeroy was a standout prep coach prior to his time at IUP and also spent time at the University of Wyoming, University of Denver, Kutztown University and Loyola University of Maryland.  Along with his recent coaching duties, Pomeroy has served as an NCAA Division III representative for the IWLCA Officials Recruitment and Development committee since 2016 along with the NCAA Division II IWLCA Bylaws committee from 2013-2016.

 

Pomeroy played club lacrosse for the University of Wyoming and Rowan University, after suffering a life-threatening injury his senior year in high school, which left him non-medically cleared to pursue playing in the NCAA. He graduated from Rowan with a Bachelor’s in Psychology with a concentration in Sports Psychology. Pomeroy went on to receive his Master’s in Sport Management from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2016.

 

Pomeroy also serves in other roles as he currently sits as the Marian University Staff Senate President and is a voting member on the Board of Appeals for the City of Fond du Lac.

 

He is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and currently resides in Fond du Lac with his wife and two children, David Jr. and Madison.

 

 

SARA TUESCHER

National 2025 Team Head Coach, Arrowhead Varsity Red Coach

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

 

 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!