2015 Memphis Blues City Showcase
LOCATION: Rhodes College
**The Premier Southern Women’s Lacrosse Recruiting Event**
**Perfect for the Division 1, 2, and 3 Prospect**
Grades (Fall 2014): Rising 6th Grader - Rising 12th Grader
(6th - 7th Grades CANNOT Stay Overnight)
$475 for Overnight Camper (Includes Lodging & All Meals)
$325 for Day Camper (Includes All Meals)
Price increases $50 after March 1st
Team Rate-Overnight Campers
5-10 Players = $400
10-30+ Players = $385
Transportation: To and from airport $50 additional fee. Please coordinate airport travel with email@example.com.
Roomate Request: Please request roommate when you apply.
Cancellation Policy: If cancellation is a month before event 30% of camper registration fee is non-refundable. If cancellation is less than a month before camp no refund will be processed.
Dowd posted a stellar playing career at Northwestern, where she helped the Wildcats to three consecutive national championships from 2007-09. She also is a standout for the United States National Team, joining former Tar Heel players Kristen Carr, Amber Falcone, Jenn Russell and Laura Zimmerman on the 2012-14 U.S. women's national senior team. Dowd has been a member of the U.S. national team since 2008 and was chosen as an alternate on the 2009 U.S. FIL World Cup Championship squad.
A native of Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Dowd was a two-time first-team IWLCA All-America at Northwestern (2009, 2010), winning three NCAA championships (2007, 2008, 2009).
She led the '09 Wildcats to their fifth consecutive national title, scoring a team-high 75 goals and earning NCAA Tournament Most Valuable Player Award honors. She was the 2010 IWLCA Attacker of the Year and a Tewaaraton Award finalist, finishing the season with 110 points on 77 goals and 33 assists. She also earned American Lacrosse Conference Player of the Year honors and was named MVP of the ALC Tournament in 2010.
In her career, Dowd compiled 209 goals and 58 assists for 267 total points in 88 games. She finished her career fourth in Northwestern history in goals, and in the Top 10 in assists, ground balls, caused turnovers and draw controls. Dowd finished her career as the all-time NCAA Tournament leader in goals (45) while ranking fourth in points (52).
Dowd coached at Syracuse for the 2012 season, helping lead the Orange to the NCAA championship game for the first time in program history. Prior to her stint at Syracuse, she served as a volunteer assistant in 2011 at the University of Denver, where she coached the Pioneers' offense. Dowd also has worked as a men's and women's lacrosse brand manager for Harrow Sports since 2010.
Brett is currently an Assistant Coach at Syracuse University and starting goalie for Hamilton Nationals. Brett has won the MLL championship 2x, been named All-American, Lacrosse Personality of the year, Junior Lacrosse Player of the year, and many more awards!
Brett has played for Team USA indoor and the Boston Blazers of the NLL. At Penn Yan Academy Brett was an All-American and NYS Champion in 2001.
Sarah is the Head Coach at Pomona- Pitzer Colleges.
At Yale University Sarah was an All-American and led the Bulldogs to the NCAA Tournament.
Additionally Sarah won the IVY league championship in 2002, lead the country in assists per game in 2002, was selected to the All-IVY team 2X.
At Penn Yan Academy Sarah was an All-American and won the 1999 NYS Championship. She is the all-time leading scorer in history of program.
Brice is the Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach at Rhodes College. He brings with him a wealth of coaching and playing experience to head up the Rhodes Lynx lacrosse program.
Prior to Rhodes College, Brice founded the first girl’s lacrosse team at The Hill Academy and was the Head Coach of the boys Prep team. Additionally Brice was an assistant coach for Georgetown University helping them reach the NCAA Quarterfinals in 2006. In 20007 and 2008 Brice was an assistant coach at Binghamton University, and in 2009 at Siena College.
Professionally, Brice has played for Team USA Indoor, The Rochester Rattlers, and Toronto/Hamilton Nationals.
Brice played for the Georgetown Hoyas and helped them to four straight NCAA quarterfinal appearances.
At Penn Yan Academy Brice was an All-American and NYS champion in 2001.
Julia Decker was named the Skyhawks head women's lacrosse coach on July 14, 2014.
Decker joins the Skyhawks program after serving as the assistant women’s lacrosse coach at California State University-Fresno since 2012. As the assistant coach, Decker primarily coached the attack while offering assistance to defense and goalies when needed. This past season, she helped the Bulldogs to their first ever win against conference rival St. Mary’s. In 2013, Fresno State recorded season highs for most points, goals, goals per game, assists, shots, shots on goal and saves. She also directed and created marketing tools for on-campus camps and clinics; utilized and administrated social media, and coordinated team travel.
In the 2011-12 season, Decker held the role as head women’s lacrosse coach and Hilbert College in Hamburg, New York. At Hilbert, she built a first-year NCAA DIII program; communicating with over 300 recruits and coaching contacts. Her responsibilities included creating marketing tools and utilizing social media to help build the program, and develop and plan fundraisers.
Decker’s first college coaching experience came at SUNY Geneseo where she was an assistant lacrosse and field hockey coach from 2009-2011. At SUNY Geneseo, Decker assisted in the recruiting efforts, practice plans, scouting reports, pre-season workouts and video breakdown. She helped coach seven all-conference selections and two all-region selections.
Decker graduated cum laude from SUNY Brockport in December 2008 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education. In 2012, she graduated from SUNY Brockport with a Master of Science degree in Physical Education-Athletic Administration. She was a member of the varsity women’s lacrosse team from 2005-2009 where she guided the team to the 2008 ECAC championship title. She also helped the Golden Eagles to the 2007 ECAC championship game, and to the SUNYAC finals in 2007 and 2008.
A team captain in 2009, Decker left SUNY Brockport second all-time in career points (204) and third all-time in goals (141) while adding 104 career draw controls. Decker earned All-SUNYAC honors in 2008 as an attacker, and she was named to the SUNYAC Commissioner’s Academic List in 2008 and the SUNYAC all-academic team in 2008 and 2009, while earning the 2009 Brockport women’s lacrosse Offensive Player of the Year honor.
Decker becomes the third head coach since Fort Lewis added women’s lacrosse as a varsity sport in 2009 (Kelley Queisser McPeak – 2009, 2010), Kelsey MacDonald (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014).
Buck enters her second year in 2014 as an assistant coach at Limestone after joining the program in 2012. She brings a wealth of coaching and playing experience following a four-year playing career at NCAA Division I Stony Brook and four years as an assistant coach at Fresno State.
During her time at Fresno State, Buck helped grow the program from its first year in 2009 and served as interim head coach for the 2011 campaign. As part of her duties as an assistant for the Bulldogs she identified and recruited student-athletes, worked closely with the offense on both skills and strategy and arranged travel and meals for each road trip.
As the interim head coach, Buck served as the recruiting coordinator, prepared scouting reports and game plans and developed and executed practice plans while managing the operating and travel budgets for the program. She also aided in the development of seven high school lacrosse programs in the Central Valley of California as she instructed them on development of coaching manuals, field lining and prepared free lacrosse clinics for the communities.
On the field, Buck was a four-year starter for Division I Stony Brook, notching 225 points, 92 goals and 133 assists from 2004-07. During her time with the Seawolves she was a two-time All-America East First-Team selection in 2005 and 2007 and led the conference in assists per game both years.
Sylvia is the currently an assistant coach at Pomona-Pitzer Colleges.
Sylvia just completed a brilliant player career at Limestone College. Earning 1st team all- league, player of the year in her conference, and All-American honors while leading her team the NCAA Championship game!
At Penn Yan Academy Sylvia was an All-American and won the NYS Championship.
Juli is currently an Assistant Coach at Rhodes College. She works primarily with the goalies and defense.
Juli came to Rhodes from Washington College where she helped led the team to a team record of victories in 2012.
Juli played goalie at Longwood University and was a three time all-league selection.
Andrea Cofrin, who led Saint Anselm to its first NCAA Tournament appearance last season, joined the Yale women’s lacrosse staff as an assistant coach in the fall of 2014.
Cofrin brings nine years of head coaching experience to her new role -- including one year at Saint Anselm, five years at Siena, two years at Lees-McRae College and one year at the University of Dallas. She has also served as an assistant coach for one year at Siena and one year at Oneonta State, and she spent more than three years as co-director and co-owner of the travel program ADK Lacrosse.
In 2014 Cofrin led Saint Anselm to a 13-4 record, the best in program history. The Hawks were ranked No. 9 in Division II, their first top 10 appearance. The team had one All-American, two first team NE-10 honorees, the Saint Anselm Female Athlete of the Year and an inductee into the Chi Alpha Sigma National Student-Athlete Honor Society.
The Hawks were also active in community service under Cofrin’s leadership, raising $3,000 to support “Ovations for the Cure of Ovarian Cancer” with their third annual “Teal the Field” game. Their other service activities included a walk for autism and work with Girls Inc.
Prior to her time at Saint Anselm, Cofrin was the head coach at Siena for five years, leaving as the winningest coach in school history. She was the MAAC Coach of the Year in her second season (2010), and went on to lead the Saints to four consecutive MAAC Tournament appearances. She coached seven first team All-MAAC selections, including the 2012 MAAC Defender of the Year. Her team was named an IWLCA All-Academic Squad twice, and she had 31 MAAC all-academic selections. The team also participated in multiple community service efforts, volunteering for Ronald McDonald House, Habitat for Humanity and the Double H Ranch Camp Challenge Ride to benefit children with life-threatening illnesses.
Cofrin’s other head coaching stops included Lees-McRae, where she helped the team score 72 more goals (and allow 33 fewer goals) in 2008 than it did in 2007, and the University Dallas, where she also coached soccer and served as the senior women’s administrator. The soccer team went 10-3 under her leadership, earning a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
As an assistant coach at Siena in 2005, Cofrin helped the Saints to a share of the regular season MAAC championship and their first MAAC Tournament appearance.
Cofrin’s coaching career began at Oneonta State, where she helped the team to a 10-6 mark in 2004 as an assistant.
Cofrin is a 2003 graduate of Frostburg State, where she earned a B.S. in sociology. She is currently working on her M.S. in sports psychology at Capella University.
At Frostburg State, Cofrin was a four-year starter and helped the team to a pair of ECAC Tournament appearances. She served as captain her senior year, when she was fourth on the team with 20 goals. She was also a two-year starter for the soccer team, making a pair of AMCC Tournament appearances.
Cofrin is a native of Liverpool, N.Y., and attended Liverpool High School. She will be residing in Hamden, Conn., with her husband, Shawn, and eight-month old daughter Rhiannon.
Meghan Dennehy was selected as the first ever Head Women’s Lacrosse coach at UVa-Wise which will begin competition in 2015.
Before coming to UVa-Wise, Dennehy was the head coach at Queens University of Charlotte for six total seasons. Dennehy came to Queens in the fall of 2007 as the assistant lacrosse coach. After a semester of being at Queens, she took over as interim head coach. The team finished with a record of 11-7 overall and finished third in the conference. Shortly after the season ended she was promoted to head coach. In her six years at the helm, she compiled a 49-57 record playing some of the toughest competition in the nation.
Queens’ women’s lacrosse team finished second overall defeating the number six team in the nation Pfeiffer University advancing them to the conference finals for the first time in the history of the program. The Royals had three players named to first team all-conference team and one players named to second team all-conference. Four of Dennehy’s players were named to the all-conference academics team while two players earned all-region recognition and one was selected second team all-American.
Over Dennehy's six-year stint, she had 23 players named to the all-conference team, 10 named to the all-tournament team, 10 named to the conference academic team, one conference player of the year, one conference freshman of the year, eight all-region team selections, five academic all-American team selections, and two all-Americans.
Before Dennehy joined the Queens Athletics coaching staff, she served as the assistant lacrosse coach at Belmont Abbey College for the ’05-’06 and ’06-’07 seasons. There, she was an integral part in building the women’s lacrosse program that began in 2005. With her assistance, the team ended each season with an 8-10 record, and in her final season was ranked 10th in the nation. Dennehy’s main role at Belmont Abbey was to work with the defense, but she was often involved in other aspects of the game as well. In addition to these duties, Dennehy recruited prospective athletes and created and implemented a lifting program for the team.
Outside of Queens, Dennehy is actively involved in the youth lacrosse. She started her own lacrosse organization in 2009 called Freedom Lacrosse (www.freedomlacrosse.com). The organization focuses on teaching lacrosse to youth from middle school age down to elementary school age. She also works with Midwestern Force/ Southern which is a high school club lacrosse organization located all over the east coast and surrounding areas, that has joined forces with Freedom Lacrosse.
Dennehy, a native of Gambrills, Maryland, is a 2004 graduate of Limestone College where she received a bachelor’s degree in fitness and wellness with a minor in biology. At Limestone she earned all-American honors for three consecutive seasons in lacrosse. During her senior year as a captain, she led the Saints to a 13-4 record and a national ranking of third in the country. During that same year Limestone made its first appearance in the school’s history to the NCAA Final Four. Over the course of her career Dennehy set a school record with 58 goals in the 2004 season and also holds school records for goals (151) and points (193) in a career. She also played two seasons of soccer. In 2013, Dennehy was inducted into the Limestone College Hall of Fame.
Jenna Handshoe was named the first head coach of women's lacrosse at Tusculum College in October 2013. Women’s lacrosse will become the school's 16th varsity sport when it begins competition in the spring of 2015.
Handshoe comes to Tusculum from Tennessee Wesleyan College, where she served as head coach for the past two seasons. With the Bulldogs, Handshoe posted a 17-18 record and led TWC to two trips to the National Women's Lacrosse League tournament, where they finished fifth and fourth.
A native of Greenville, S.C. and a graduate of J.L. Mann High School, Handshoe was a four-year starter at NCAA Division I Presbyterian College from 2007 to 2010. With the Blue Hose, she was a second-team All-National Lacrosse Conference selection in 2010 and led the team in scoring as both a junior and a senior. She led PC in points (49), goals (36), free position goals (8), shots (70), and shots on goal (60) her senior year (2010). She also led in goals her junior season with 28. In 2008, the season was cut short, but Handshoe still scored 15 goals in the four games she played. Handshoe was nationally ranked in NCAA II in 2007 for ground balls and caused turnovers. She was named to the Big South Conference Presidential Honor Roll and also played basketball for Presbyterian her freshman year.
In high school, Handshoe helped J.L. Mann to win the 2006 South Carolina State Championship. She was named the Tournament MVP and the South Carolina Defensive Player of the Year.
After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in history with minors in physical education and athletic coaching in the spring of 2010, Handshoe was a volunteer assistant coach at Presbyterian for the 2011 season while officiating local high school games. Handshoe has also worked various lacrosse camps and clinics and held volunteer classes for the Athens City Middle School during the past academic year.
While at Tennessee Wesleyan, Handshoe served on the National Women's Lacrosse League Membership committee and was the Appalachian Athletic Conference chair for the Coaches committee.
Adrienne Berkland played lacrosse at Bridgewater State. She was named the New England Women's Lacrosse Association Defensive Player of the Year and was named to the 1st Team All-Conference Team as a senior in 2008. As one of three captains, Bridgewater went undefeated in league play and was league champion her senior year.
Following her collegiate career Berkland went on to be the assistant coach at Lasell College in Newton, MA for the 2009 and 2010 seasons. Her primary responsibility was the team's defense. During her time at Lasell, the Lasers achieved their most wins in a season and achieved their highest stats in goals, assists, draw controls and caused turnovers.
Starting in fall of 2010, Berkland became the assistant coach at LaGrange College and after one season was promoted to head coach. From summer 2011 to summer 2014 she coached the Panthers in the USA South Athletic Conference. Before Berkland took over the position, LaGrange had a 1-19 record which she improved upon every year. During her time she had eight players selected to all conference teams and the team improved statistically every season. In addition to coaching at LaGrange, she has experience coaching at camps throughout the east coast with Game Breaker, Nike, Sewanee and GA Tech lacrosse camps.
Berkland is a graduate of Bridgewater State College with a degree in Art Education and Art History with a minor in Secondary Education and she is also a graduate of Sharon High School in Sharon, MA. In 2013 she earned her master’s degree in Education from LaGrange College.
Alyssa Murray joined the Michigan women's lacrosse coaching staff as an assistant coach in January 2015. The former two-time Tewaaraton Award finalist at Syracuse University and current U.S. Women's National Team member brings a wealth of knowledge and high-level experience to the program and works primarily with the Maize and Blue offense.
Prior to coming to Ann Arbor, Murray served as a volunteer assistant coach at Stony Brook University during the Fall of 2014, where she worked with the Seawolves' attackers and midfielders and also worked to develop their new starting goalie.
Murray's experience at Stony Brook came after the conclusion of an incredible four-year playing career at Syracuse (2011-14). In four years she helped lead SU to a record of 68-19 and three NCAA Tournament appearances, including two trips to the national championship game. Individually, she was a team captain as a senior, a two-time Tewaaraton Award finalist, Honda Award finalist, three-time First Team All-American, Big East Attacker of the Year and Inside Lacrosse Co-Attacker of the Year. She finished her career eighth all-time in NCAA Division I scoring history with 362 points. Murray graduated from Syracuse with a bachelor's degree in child and family studies in May 2014.
Following her career at Syracuse, Murray was selected to the U.S. Women's National Team and also signed a one-year contract with Team STX. She joins current U-M assistant coach and former Syracuse teammate Becca Block on the national team.
In addition to her coaching experience at Stony Brook, Murray also coached the Long Island Yellow Jackets club team from 2010 to 2014. She also founded Alyssa Murray Lax, Inc. in October 2014, to begin conducting top-notch camps and clinics across the country.