HGR Girls Lacrosse Coaches

 Kristy Robertson – Girls Program DirectorKristy Robertson - Director

  • Assistant Coach at Endicott college September 2017- present.
  • Graduated from Haverhill High School in 2013 as a 4-year Varsity player
  • Leading goal scorer at Haverhill High School
  • Attended Southern New Hampshire for 1 year and then transferred to Umass Lowell for last 3 years of college
  • Served as a two-time captain- Division 1 lacrosse at Umass Lowell.
  • Graduated from Umass Lowell in 2017 with honors and a degree in Liberal Arts
  • 2 year – Student Advisory Committee (SAAC) Rep at Umass Lowell
  • Volunteer Assistant coach for Haverhill High School Varsity Lacrosse in 2014-2017.


Courtney Barrett- HS Coach

  • Hometown-Burlington VT
  • University of Vermont Assistant Coach- 2019-2020
  • St Michael’s College Head Coach- 2018-2019
  • Has coached club for 5 years in Vermont
  • Former goalie at The University of Massachusetts Lowell (2014-2018), where she was a four-year starter, 4-year captain
  • First player in River Hawks history to surpass the 600-career save plateau and earned 11 wins as a senior. She led the team in both ground balls (66) and caused turnovers (25) in her final year and set the school’s single-game record with 18 saves and 13 grounds balls
  • Barrett was recognized with an America East All-Rookie Team nod in 2015 and an All-Conference Second Team selection following her junior year. She was chosen as the America East Women’s Lacrosse Fans’ Choice Player of the Year in each of her four seasons at UML.


Tom Benson

  • Played lacrosse for Cornell University from 1990 to 1993.  He was a 3 year starter for the program.
  • Played 15 seasons of club lacrosse since college and has coached at various camps and clinics along the way.
  • Over the past several years, expanded his knowledge by studying the women’s game, in order provide hundreds of hours of private coaching for his daughter. This culminated in her being selected to the New Hampshire DIII All State team as a Junior in the spring of 2021.


Bridget Boyle- Youth Coach

  • Hometown- Haverford PA- Episcopal High School
  • Senior at Merrimack College, where she plays midfield
  • Previously attended Drexel for her freshman and sophomore year of College.
  • Experience coaching youth back in her home town




Alexandra Connelly- Youth Coach

  • Four years Varsity player at Windham High School
  • Played club lacrosse at Baylor University, while receiving a degree in Health, Kinesiology, & Leisure
  • Coach at Windham Youth Lacrosse Ages K-8
  • Head coach for Windham JV Girls’ Lacrosse
  • Strength and conditioning coach for athletes of all ages, middle school to D1 Collegiate and NBA G League, has been in sports training for 4 years
  • Currently opening an F45 Training studio in North Andover, MA
  • Coaches clinic as well as elite teams at HGR


Cara Corvino- HS Coach

  • Hometown- Dorset, Vermont
  • Graduated from Stonehill College in Easton, MA in 2017 majored in Communications
  • Captain of the Women’s Lacrosse program senior season
  • Named a two time All American at Stonehill
  • Currently resides in Boston where she is a Customer Success Manager.
  • Entering 5th season as HGR Elite Coach


Kelsey Daly- HS Coach

  • Hometown- Ipswich MA- attended Ipswich High School (2013-2017)
  • Entering 2nd season as HGR Elite Coach
  • Graduate student at Merrimack College. Her undergraduate and graduate degrees are in Criminology
  • Plays defense for the Warriors
  • NE 10- All Rookie Team as a Freshman
  • 3rd team All-League (2018)


Krystal DePaolo- HS Coach 

  • Will enter 6th season as Head Girls Varsity Lacrosse Coach. MVC-2 Coach of the Year in 2013
  • Graduated from Lowell High School in 2004 as a 4-year lacrosse and volleyball athlete
  • Graduated from Lasell College (DIII) now Lasell University in 2008. In lacrosse, was a 4-year starter, and earned First Team All-Conference as a freshman as well as Team Rookie of the Year award. Krystal earned the Team Unsung Hero Award in her Senior year. Captained her senior year. Graduated from Lasell with All-Academic honors for both lacrosse and volleyball. Served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for 3 years. Served as Secretary, and President. Won Student Organization of the Year as President in 2004. Served as a member of the GNAC SAAC. Graduated with her B.S in Sports Management.
  • Graduated from Seattle University in 2011 with a Master’s of Sports Administration & Leadership.
  • 10 + years of coaching lacrosse at all levels: youth, high school, and collegiate.


Sydney Leeds- HS Coach

  • Hometown: Stamford, CT
  • HS: Stamford High School (2014-2018)
  • Senior attacker at Merrimack College
  • She will graduate in 2023 with Master’s in Athletic Training
  • Entering 2nd season as HGR Elite Coach




Alex O’Reilly- Youth Coach

  • Shawsheen Valley Technical High School Varsity Girls Lacrosse Coach 2016-Present.
  • Commonwealth Athletic Conference (CAC) League Coach of the Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019.
  • Lead Varsity team to CAC League Championship Title 2016, 2017, 2018.
  • Lead Varsity team to Massachusetts State Vocational Tournament Championship Title 2017, 2018, 2019.
  • Home Grown Girls’ Elite Team Fall/Summer/Clinic Coach 2016, 2017, 2018.
  • Austin Preparatory School JV Girls Lacrosse Coach 2015.
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education and Athletic Coaching from Bridgewater State University.
  • Currently working in Special Education K-2 for Burlington Public Schools District Programs.


Aryanna Poirier- HS Coach

  • Graduated from Methuen High School in 2015 as a four year varsity lacrosse player
  • Record holder for most goals scored in a career for Methuen High School
  • Record holder for most draw controls won in a single season for Methuen High School
  • Captain of varsity lacrosse team senior year and earned Player of the Year Award
  • Played for HiOA (college team) for one year while living in Norway
  • In last semester at NECCO before transferring  to UMass Lowell in the spring to study Psychology
  • Assistant coach for Methuen High School girls varsity lacrosse team in spring 2021


Annie Riddle – Youth Coach

  • Shawsheen Valley Technical High School Girls Lacrosse Varsity Assistant Coach 2018-Present.
  • Shawsheen Valley Technical High School Girls Lacrosse JV Co-Coach (2018).
  • Shawsheen Valley Technical High School Girls Lacrosse 4 Year Varsity Player (Class of 2017)
  • Home Grown (HGR) Girls Lacrosse Elite Team Player 2016, 2017.
  • Commonwealth Athletic Conference (CAC) Girls Lacrosse League All-Star 2015, 2016, 2017.
  • Current employee of Billerica Boys and Girls Club.


Taylor Shanahan- HS Coach

  • Hometown- New Jersey- Currently lives in Brighton, MA
  •  Graduated from Stonehill College in 2018 where she played both soccer and lacrosse
  •  Currently works for W.B. Mason as a Recruiter
  • Entering 5th season as HGR Elite Coach




Olivia Valdes- Youth Coach

  • Hometown- Tarrytown NY- Irvington High School
  • Senior at Merrimack College, where she plays midfield
  • NE10 All-Rookie Team honoree (2019)
  • Experience coaching youth back in her home town





Jillian Yung- Youth Coach

  • Hometown- Bridgewater, MA.
  • Played four years of Varsity lacrosse at Bridgewater-Raynham High School (2007-2011)
  • Played at Stonehill College (2011-2015).
  • Played professionally for the Philadelphia Force and the Baltimore Ride.
  • Coached and volunteered at all levels, including town’s youth league, high school program, and the Stonehill program.
  • Started own winter lacrosse clinic for high school girls to prepare them for their upcoming season.