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LAX: Earning a BS in Physical Education from Towson State '65, Cathy taught in Baltimore County before turning her passion for sport to coaching girls in the sport of lacrosse. Elected as President of the USWLA (now Women’s Division of USA Lacrosse) and VP of the International Federation (now World Lacrosse), she has traveled the world promoting lacrosse. A trailblazer for the sport, opportunities were created for athletes of all levels to promote their growth & development from the grassroots of Quickstix to laying the foundation for the club scene & their accompanying tournaments to the introduction of the sport in Greece and their recent acceptance to full membership in World Lacrosse. An inaugural inductee into the Chesapeake Lacrosse Chapter Hall of Fame, Cathy has been recognized by Sports Business Journal as one of the top 10 US executives influencing the future of women’s sports. She served on the National Advisory Board of Connect Sports and the Boys and Girls Club of Annapolis & Anne Arundel Co. Currently, she is a vocal appointed member of the Anne Arundel Recreation Advisory Board.
LIFE: Synapse Sports, Zachary’s Jewelry, Quickstix and Chesapeake Club Lacrosse founder & field liner and mom to Staci, Dean, Cory, Crista, Stephy, and Drew. Married to the not-retired-yet former Chair of Medicine at Anne Arundel Medical Center, she and Dr. George are now grandparents of 12: 2 in San Francisco, 2 in Minneapolis, 2 in NYC and 6 right around the corner!

Presenting at the first Synergy Seminar held in the Annapolis HS cafeteria in '93.




Coach Coordinator  
2027 Coach

Karen was team captain and All County in both field hockey and lacrosse at Broadneck ’93. After playing at AACC for 2 years and earning 2 JUCO titles, she transferred to Towson.  Named Lacrosse Student Athlete of the Year, and armed with a BS in Sports Communications, she returned to her Alma Mater and retired in 2013 after 16 years as Head Coach.  A 6-time Coach of the Year, she compiled 4 Regional and several AACO Titles and earned 3 State titles on her way to an overall record of 224-54. Fellow CCLax coach Katy Kelley coached alongside for 12 of those years!  Karen has a passion for teaching kids the game but mostly for the impact she has on the overall lives of those kids.  Nowadays, you will find her coaching her youngest daughter Parker '27 or on the sidelines cheering for her other 2 kids: Riley '20 (UGA, field hockey) and Evan '22 (Lynchburg, golf). While at home on the Eastern Shore, Karen enjoys life with husband Matt, boating and playing tennis.



 Lacrosse Coordinator

A three sport athlete at Annapolis '96, Stephy played soccer, basketball and lacrosse. Selected All County in both basketball and lacrosse, AHS won the state championship in lacrosse in '96. She was recruited to play for UVA '00, and was twice named a DI 1st Team All American and National Championship Finalist. She was a member of the US National team from '99    -'01 and '05. Her coaching career began right after graduation as the assistant at Yale ('01-'02) before becoming the first full time Head Coach at Quinnipiac (DI). Three years later she was tapped as the coach of the Wales National team coach from '05-'08. In '09 Stephy was named Head Coach at  University of Richmond but retired 3 yrs later to start a family.  She has three young girls (Lia '30, Rena '31 and Lexa '32) who are finally old enough to wear the CCLax uniform.  


Recruiting Coordinator

A graduate of Broadneck, Katy earned all-county honors in soccer, basketball & lacrosse, All-State (soccer) and HS All-American (lacrosse).  A 4-year CAA scholar athlete and Academic All-American at William & Mary, Katy graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Kinesiology and Psychology.
Katy returned home and coached with Karen Tengwall at her alma mater.  During her tenure, the Bruins won 3 State titles. When Karen retired in '13, Katy stepped up and has since led the Bruins to 3 consecutive State Titles in ‘21, ‘22, & '23.  As Asst soccer coach, the Bruins won their first ever state title in 2015.  

Katy enjoys time with husband Matt, Sam ('21•RMC), Lilly ('23>JMU), and Bennett ('27), while working as a real estate agent with Long & Foster and teaching the sciences at Broadneck HS.




2025 Coach

A native Annapolitan, Julie started her lacrosse career as one of Cathy Samaras’ original “twits” on the Germantown fields. A graduate of St. Mary’s (’94), she took her game to the University of Delaware. While pursuing a Master’s in Occupational Therapy at Towson University, Julie coached at Dulaney HS. 
Returning to her roots, she coached  for 7 yrs at South River and was named Coach of the Year in 2004.  A rec advocate, she served as President of the AAGLO for 2 terms.
Julie stays busy as mom to four children: Mylie (LIU•'21), Calen (Iona•'23), Adella ('25), and Marick ('27), and wife to Michael. Although she is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist at Annapolis Children’s Therapy Center, the role of MOM comes first in their Edgewater home.

Courtney Mazzone

2025 Coach

An Anne Arundel County native, Courtney captained both basketball and lacrosse at South River ’05. She played at AACC for 2 yrs (Captain, 2 NJCAA National Champs, 2-time NJCAA All-American, Female Student AoY), and transferred to Siena College (Captain, MAAC All-Academic Team) and earned her BA in Psychology in ’09.
After graduation, she returned to AACC as Assistant Coach for 3 yrs while pursuing her law degree from the University of Baltimore and currently is the Asst Secretary for the Maryland Department of Transportation.
She and her husband Kenny are parents to 2 boys, Harrison and Brooks!



Sue Chittim

2026 Coach

A graduate of Severna Park HS, Sue swam & played softball & lacrosse. She continued with the club teams at Virginia Tech and graduated in ’86 with a BS in Education and minor in math! 
Her first teaching assignment: Annapolis HS! Initially coaching JV soccer and lacrosse, she was quickly promoted to Varsity lacrosse and enjoyed a great deal of success including multiple state championships. She had some very talented laxers as the Panthers climbed the championship ladder to win states. In 2000, she joined forces with Cathy Samaras and they created and grew Chesapeake Club Lacrosse. Yes . . . CCLax!
Following those victories, she moved to the IAAM to coach St Mary’s Lacrosse. The Saints appeared twice in the IAAM championship – winning '05. Sue was named Capital Gazette Coach of the Year in 2003 and 2005. During all those summers, she could be found coaching the swim teams at Admiral Heights.
Recognized as more than a math teacher she was tapped as Principal of AHS and retired after 5 yrs and now is the Senior HR Manager at the Board of Education. Mom to CCLax alum (now coach) Samantha and son Kyle, she and Ron, a petroleum engineer, enjoy football, lacrosse and hanging out with family and their black Lab - Guiness.

Denise Thompson

2026 Coach

Denise received her BS in Physical Education from Towson '98 and has been teaching Health & PE at her alma mater – Chesapeake HS for 24 yrs!
 All County honors were earned in soccer, basketball & lacrosse while at Chesapeake. Denise played at AACC before moving on and taking the field for Towson. Her post collegiate career has included the Hero’s Club and taking the court as a league player in soccer. Her coaching career began right out of college at Broadneck HS but quickly transferred to Chesapeake when a position opened. She assisted the soccer program for 5 years and the lacrosse program for 2 before moving up to head coach and retiring in 2012 after 10 years to coach her own children! Denise is currently coaching basketball and lacrosse for Green Hornets.
Married to Ryan and mom to Kasey ('24) and Lizzy ('26), Denise enjoys coaching, exercising & binge watching TV shows!

Samantha Chittim - Asst. Coach




Coach Coordinator  
2027 Coach

Karen was team captain and All County in both field hockey and lacrosse at Broadneck ’93. After playing at AACC for 2 years and earning 2 JUCO titles, she transferred to Towson.  Named Lacrosse Student Athlete of the Year, and armed with a BS in Sports Communications, she returned to her Alma Mater and retired in 2013 after 16 years as Head Coach.  A 6-time Coach of the Year, she compiled 4 Regional and several AACO Titles and earned 3 State titles on her way to an overall record of 224-54. Fellow CCLax coach Katy Kelley coached alongside for 12 of those years!  Karen has a passion for teaching kids the game but mostly for the impact she has on the overall lives of those kids.  Nowadays, you will find her coaching her youngest daughter Parker '27 or on the sidelines cheering for her other 2 kids: Riley '20 (UGA, field hockey) and Evan '22 (Lynchburg, golf). While at home on the Eastern Shore, Karen enjoys life with husband Matt, boating and playing tennis.


David Bonney

2027 Coach

Growing up in the DC area, David swam, played basketball and tennis. While attending Trinity Episcopal (’87) he competed in tennis and basketball.
Once at William & Mary (’91), every sport became an intramural as he concentrated on his majors and graduated with a BBA in Finance and a minor in Math.
Married to Townley and proud Dad of Reese (‘25) and Quinn (’27). When not on the lacrosse field, David can be found prepping for and running Triathlons and racing sailboats – this is the sailboat capital of the world, after all!




Jen played both soccer and lacrosse for Broadneck High School (95').  After graduating high school Jen attended AACC where she played lax for 2 years and served as a team captain. After transferring to Frostburg State University to play her final 2 years of lacrosse, she suffered a shoulder injury that would end her lacrosse career early. However, due to her love for the sport she began coaching her oldest daughter, Lily, as soon as she could hold a stick. Jen has been coaching for BAYS since 2012 and now coaches Ella, her youngest. She coaches the JV team for Broadneck where she is also teaching.  Jen has been a teacher in Anne Arundel County for 19 years.  When she is not working, she is busy enjoying life with her husband, Casey, 3 kids, twins Lily (HPU/lacrosse) and Griffin (2024's) and Ella (2027) and dog Brewer. They reside in Arnold.





2027 Red Coach

Annie and her twin sister Katie, grew up in downtown Annapolis and learned to play both field hockey and lacrosse starting at the rec level on the fields at Germantown. They both graduated from Spalding (’18) and went in 2 different directions for college with Annie choosing VCU. She earned as BS in both Health Sciences and Psychology and will attend Johns Hopkins this fall to earn her Masters in clinical mental health counseling.

Cammie Schniedwind

2027 Red Coach

A former CCLaxer (’19), Cammie grew up playing lacrosse & basketball and continued as a Panther at Annapolis. Graduating from Frostburg with a BS in Liberal Studies (Communications), she is the Marketing & Communications Coordinator for Opportunity Builders, Inc.
Frostburg honors: named Capt and All MEC 2nd team as a junior and earned IWLCA Academic Honors in the 2022 season.
Growing up in the Quickstix program, Cammie took those skills to CCLax and returned the favor by helping the young Quickstixers after practice with the Annapolis Panthers. While an undergrad, she returned to coach CCLax as a collegiate assistant.




2028 Coach

A 3 sport (Soccer, Indoor Track & Lacrosse) athlete at Broadneck, Meghan captained the lacrosse team her Sr year (’95) and was named All County 2nd team, All Metro Baltimore and All Metro Washington in soccer and lacrosse. She competed with WAGS soccer team during HS and was a member of the Chesapeake National Team and competed for the USWLA National championship. Interesting fact – that Quickstix team was the pre-curser to CCLax!
Off to James Madison where she played for the Dukes and earned a BA in Business with a minor in Advertising. Meghan has been in the medical field since college and is currently working for Genentech, a biotech company.
Married to Mark (Severna Park '95), they reside in Arnold with their 2 dogs Murphy and Mando and 2 daughters: Harper ('28) and Sarah ('30).



2028 Coach

Graduating from Severna Park in '95, Mark was an All-American football and lacrosse player.  He spent the next 4 years making history for the Loyola Greyhounds.  As a Captain and 2 time All American midfielder, he led the team which earned several final four berths during his collegiate career.
He then played for the MLL • Chesapeake Bayhawks, the NLL • NY Saints, the Philadelphia Wings - a total of 9 years of professional play.  He also tried out for CFL for football post college! 
Married to co-coach Meghan, Mark now coaches their daugthers Sarah ('30) and Harper ('28) in the BAYS rec and at CCLax.  When not on the fields, the family enjoys spending time on their boat or hanging with his boys, Murphy and Mando!

lauren robinson

2028 Coach 

Lauren (CCLax '14) graduated from Broadneck where she was a standout attacker. Recruited to play at Indiana University of Pennsylvania,she played low attack and made history as an assist leader for a single game (7), as well as overall (44). 
While playing at IUP and studying Education, she also was a leader for Fellowship of Christian Athletes that gave her the platform to travel to the Dominican Republic over the course of 5 years. She loved her experience that allowed her to serve across the country with other athletes on the East Coast. 
She graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education with a Psychology Minor. Now, you can find her in the classroom as a Special Education teacher at Northeast Middle School in Anne Arundel County. 




2029 Coach

Born and raised in Annapolis, Amy captained the '96 Annapolis HS team to State Champs. All-American & 1st Team All County she was also named Capital Gazette, Washington Post and Baltimore Sun Lacrosse Player of the Year.  At James Madison University, she was the '97 CAA Rookie of the Year, received first team All-CAA and All South honors and helped lead the Dukes to a Final Four appearance in 2000 and two CAA Championships while named to the IWLCA All-American team from 1998 to 2000.
This married mother of four shares her love for the game and believes sports should bring enjoyment to each child while teaching sportsmanship, hard work and the reward of winning. As the Business Development Manager in Cyber Security for Cisco Systems, Amy stays very busy!

Olivia Orso - Asst. Coach

Becca Ritz

2029 Coach

Growing up in Baltimore, Becca graduated from Roland Park and took her athletic skills in field hockey, soccer and lacrosse onto the lacrosse field as a Terp. For 2 of her 4 yrs, the Terps made the national championship round and then won the whole thing twice!

With a teaching degree from Maryland (BA in Nutrition), she received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math & Science as a Maryland finalist. She and Matt settled on the Shore where she joined the faculty at Kent Island HS and, sure enough, took on coaching roles at KIHS in basketball, field hockey, soccer and ended up as Varsity Lacrosse Coach from 1999-2004. Along came the kids (Johnny, Charlie, Taylor and Natalie) and resuming coaching at a different level, Becca volunteered with Kent Island Youth and is still at it!




2029 Red Coach

A former CCLaxer (’14 Black), Bryn has played lacrosse for 18 yrs! From Old Mill (’14) she was recruited to Gardner Webb where she played for 2 yrs before transferring to Towson and playing and coaching in the Tiger club program.
Bryn coached the Towson Club for a year, East Coast Select Club and SCYA in the spring. While an undergrad, she returned to coach CCLax as a collegiate assistant.

Graduating with a BS in Early Childhood Education, Bryn is a teacher in Anne Arundel County.

CHRIS ROCK - Assistant Coach


2029 Red Coach

At Arundel (’99) she played field hockey, basketball and lacrosse. She graduated from Mt St Mary’s (’08) with a degree in Theology and minor in Philosophy all while juggling schedules of her young family.
Married to Moses (teacher & musician) and Mom to Serenity, Gabriel, Sephora, Tyler, Leila (‘29R) and Veona, she has embraced the role of coach gaining experience on the field with Storm Chasers field hockey and SRYA lacrosse, field hockey and soccer. Colleen coached the AACO 2020 Middies B Field Hockey County Champs.
Growing up in DC, she was a cheerleader and played softball and basketball. Now a swimmer and a runner, Cuddy is currently an IT specialist with the Dept of Homeland Security.



Maggie Mitchell

2030 Coach

University of Lynchburg, Class of 2019 • Graduated Cum Laude with an Elementary Education Major and History Minor.  Maggie recently accepted a 3rd Grade position at Lake Shore Elementary School. 
She played defense at Lynchburg, where she was the President of the her Club team. During her time there, her team was the first to successfully enter the team into the WCLA (Women’s Club Lacrosse Association).  That was great strides for the University and it continues to grow with success.  Prior to her collegiate play, she attended Broadneck High School. (Class of 2015), and played for CClax 2015’s. . . AND, yes, Coach Nutty is her dad!!!! Maggie was married in 2023 and is now a Mitchell.

JEN HABASHI - Asst. Coach

Susan Hamilton

2030 Coach

A two-sport athlete at St Mary’s, a member of Soccer ODP and capped off her high school days winning the IAAM  “A” Lacrosse Championship. A defender at Holy Cross (’02) Susan co-captained the team as a senior and was recognized as All Patriot League Defender of the Year. Former Head Coach at Pallotti, she currently serves as Asst Coach at Elizabeth Seton – her classroom home as an English teacher.
Married to Ryan, they actively spectate all sporting events of their children: Jack (14), Aiden (12) and Kate (’30). In response to the question: what makes you feel great? she answered “laughing so hard it hurts!”.  Susan loves seeing teamwork on the field and camaraderie off the field.



Erik schafer

2031 Coach

A native of Baltimore, a laxer and wrestler graduate of Mt St Joe’s, Erik
went off to Waynesburg College where he continued on the mat. In the off
seasons, he coached various wrestling clinics and camps with young teams
in off-season lax tournaments.
A SR Project Construction Manager for BGE. Erik is married to Kristina and
they are parents to Kaitlyn (’26) and Emilee (’31).

HADLEY JUDY - Asst. Coach

Ed Whitney

2031 Coach

Growing up in Baltimore, Ed participated in track & field, football and lacrosse. A 3 yr Varsity lacrosse GK at Lansdowne (’02) he maintained a 72% save percentage which placed him at #3 in Baltimore Co. rankings. Fun fact – Ed was a cheerleader at Lansdowne in his senior year!
Ed was the Defensive Coordinator for Lansdowne, but after moving to South County, he switched to SRYA to coach soccer, baseball and lacrosse at the Rec level.
He has worked with the Orioles as a First Aid Rover, an EMT at Johns
Hopkins Hospital and is on target to graduate from AACC in 2024.
Married to Addictions Counselor and Clinical Director Leslie, they are parents to Brooke (15), Landon (14) and Mae (’31).




Melissa long

2032 Coach

Basketball, lacrosse and field hockey took center stage until Mel matriculated to St Mary’s high school where field hockey gave way to volleyball.
A 3 yr starter at St Mary’s (’09) and member of the CCLax Black team, she made the UA underclass team and the Mid Atlantic Schoolgirls team. Basketball – 4 yr starter, 3 yr Captain, 2 yr MVP and made the All Tournament team in both ’07 & ’08.
Always with a passion for coaching, she fit in classes at AACC while on staff at St Mary’s as Asst Varsity BB coach. Married to Elliott and Mom to Addison (’32) and Malcom (’34) she has returned to coach rec basketball and lacrosse for Davidsonville and, on occasion – Quickstix as a skills coach.
She loves Tacos and teaching kids something new and watching when it clicks for them. It’s very rewarding! 

matt dryer

2032 Coach

Lacrosse and soccer were Matt’s main sports as a youngster.  Following graduation from Mt St Joe’s, he earned a BS in Political Science from Mt St Mary’s of MD (’06) and is the Client Director for World Wide Technology.
 Selected as captain of the lacrosse team for the final 2 years and was named a North/South All Star as a senior. Matt has been involved in coaching both Rec and club for the last 2 seasons.
 Married to Rachel, a fitness instructor and personal trainer, they are parents to Liam (age 8) and Briella (’32).

2032/33 Coaches

Allison (PK) Shriner

2032/2033 Coach

Lacrosse and Basketball were PK’s sports focus while at St Mary’s. In ’05 & ’06 PK was named a High School All American and 1st Team All County and she set the record for nationwide assists in 2005 with 110. 
A member of the ’06 CCLax Black team, she became a Terp and was a member of the 2010 National Championship Team. Graduating with a BS in Family Science, she is well equipped as an administrator of Boldheart.
PK coached 7 yrs for CCLax before activating her maternity leave and, along with husband Michael, has welcomed Leah (’32), Emma (’35) and Watson ('37) and baby girl Jordan!
elcome back!

Ruby Fisher

2032/2033 Coach

Growing up in Annapolis playing soccer & lacrosse, Ruby capped off her high school career as Captain of the Annapolis ’21 Varsity team.
She is a student at AACC majoring in Elementary and Special Needs Education.
Ruby loves making memories, especially at the beach with her WHOLE family, and wrapping up the day with some Boardwalk Fries - YUM !






Goalie Coach - MS/HS

Involved in athletics through high school (Catonsville), Pat played many positions before finishing as a goalie for Salisbury. Pat coached a very successful Arundel HS boys team from 1992-98 and switched to BAYS Rec league girls once his daughters could take the field. Dad to Maggie ('15) & Morgan and married to Kim, Pat teaches Art Education to Anne Arundel County Public School students. Pat uses his never-ending energy to get the most out of every player regardless of the position they play!  The athletes love to have coach Pat around for his motivational one liners and smile.

Clare costa

Goalie Coach - MS/HS

Initially, Clare picked up a lacrosse stick in 2006 and in 2008 switched to the bigger stick . . . and a goalie was born! 
Growing up in South County, she played soccer, BB & lacrosse. A three sport athlete at Southern HS, she switched to Cross Country and kept basketball and lacrosse. Clare was the goalie on the Washington, DC Brine All American Lacrosse team in 2015 and was Captain of Southern Varsity Cross Country team in 2017.
Clare played club lacrosse as a freshman at Pepperdine and her talent was recognized wthin the league. Her sophomore year was spent abroad and her junior year was curtailed by an injury but she helped coach the team before Covid ended the season.
Graduating Magna Cum Laude from Pepperdine University ’21 with a BS in Integrated Marketing Communication, she is currently working in Public Relations at Ogilvy. 
She loves Italian & Latin food and going on adventures with her sidekick Goldendoodle, Molson.





Chris Acosta

Goalie Coach - ES


A native of Huntington, NY, a graduate of Walt Whitman HS, Chris went on
to graduate from SUNY with a BS in Physical Education and
minor in Adaptive PE. 
Football, lacrosse, running and wrestling were his go-to sports growing up.
Lately, he has run the Ultra Marathon (100 mile run) three times!
A coach for sure, Chris has worked with rec league athletes at Arden and
General’s Hwy lacrosse, and high school wrestlers
at Laurel and Broadneck.
An elementary school Physical Education teacher in AACO, he has a
teenager Violet and CCLaxer Maisy (’31).