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MKE ELITE COACHES ROCK!
Kathy Engman, MKE ELITE Director and Coach
High School: Severna Park HS, MD
Recognition: Two, First-Team All-County, All-Metro for The Washington Post.
College: University of Richmond, VA
Recognition: Four-year scholarship athlete for both field hockey and lacrosse, two-year starter for lacrosse.
Likes: Hot chocolate, chocolate, crab cakes, the outdoors and sunny days.
Dislikes: Cloudy days, garden weeds and coffee.
Kathy Engman attended and was a three-year starter and senior captain at Severna Park High School in MD. She was a two-time All-County Player, All Metro Player for The Washington Post, and a Defensive Player of the Year for the State Champions. Kathy attended and was a two-year starter for University of Richmond as a midfielder where she received a 4-year athletic scholarship for Lacrosse and Field Hockey. She has coached girl’s lacrosse since graduating from Richmond in 1992. She has coached 3 years of Varsity, 10 years of JV, while also coaching 12 years of youth lacrosse. While living in Maryland, she and her sister, Mary McCormick, started providing youth lacrosse opportunities for the girls in Montgomery County in 2005. The program fielded their first recreational team in 2006 and grew to serve over 300 players. Since then, the program has morphed into MC (Montgomery County) Elite Lacrosse in MD. From this experience, Kathy helped bring lacrosse to the North Shore of Milwaukee when moving here four years ago. She has fielded recreational teams for four years and has recently started MKE Elite tournament/ club team. She is a Level 2 certified coach and has been a board member on the Wisconsin Lacrosse Federation for the past two years as New Programs Director and Girls Youth Coordinator.
Emily Mason Schoessow
High School: Mt. Greylock Regional High School, Williamstown Mass.
Recognition: Teamp Captain junior and senior year, High School MVP, Member of Western Mass Senior All-Star Team
College: Connecticut College
Recognition: IWLCA All-Regional Team junior and senior year, captain junior and senior year, received “Unsung Hero” Award, Captain of both Lacrosse & Hockey Teams
Likes: Attending sporting events, playing with my 2 year old.
Dislikes: 6 am practices and sprinkles.
Emily Mason Schoessow enters her sixth season in 2016 as the head coach of the Women's Lacrosse program at Concordia University Wisconsin. She has continually guided the team to new heights, winning a program-record 13 games during the 2015 campaign, the Midwest Women's Lacrosse Conference regular season title with an undefeated record (7-0), MWLC Tournament championship and a berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament. Mason Schoessow was named the MWLC Coach of the Year in 2015. Her teams have improved in each of her first five seasons after she built the program from scratch prior to 2011. The Falcons didn't win a contest in 2011, won three games in 2012, before capturing the seven wins and a MWLC Tournament appearance in 2013, followed by the 2014 achievements and a spot in the MWLC Tournament as the No. 3 seed. The 2015 campaign was a banner season with its victories and accolades.
Mason Schoessow played four years of women's lacrosse and ice hockey at Connecticut College where she was captain of both squads. She was named to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association All-Region team after her junior and senior seasons. Lacrosse has always been a part of Mason's life as her mother has been the head coach at Williams College for the past 27 years.
High School: Cicero-North, Syracuse, NY
Recognition: Three-sport athlete, two state soccer championships, 2008 Player of the Year (soccer), First-team All-CNY and Second-Team All-State (soccer), Second-Team All-CNY for lacrosse.
College: Binghamton University
Recognition: 2009 American East All-Rookie team, second-highest career goals in school history.
Likes: Ice cream, farmer's markets, Lauren Conrad and Barre
Dislikes: Meat, sunburn, snakes and baseball
Lis has been the Assistant Varsity coach at University School of Milwaukee for three years and has been the Junior Varsity coach for 2 Years. She was honored with Assistant Coach of the year in 2013. Lis graduated with a B.A. in Linguistics from Binghamton University in 2012 where she played Division 1 lacrosse for the Bearcats. She was selected to the American East All-Rookie team in 2009 and holds the second highest career goals record in Binghamton lacrosse history. Before Binghamton, Zuern was a three-sport athlete at Cicero-North Syracuse High School. At C-NS Zuern and her teammates accumulated 2 soccer Section III AA Championships and 2 Regional Championships. Zuern was named Player of the Year (soccer) for the league in 2008 along with First-Team All-CNY and Second-Team All-State for soccer and Second-Team All-CNY for lacrosse.Zuern has also ran the Laxcats Program for the past 3 years. Zuern is also a certified youth official and the official assignor for all Milwaukee Lacrosse.
High School: St. Andrews High School - Boca Raton, FL
HS Recognition: 5 year Varsity Letter winner; Team Captain; 3x First Team All-District; 2x First Team All-Region; 2x First Team All-State; 2x Florida National Team; National Senior All-Star Team; 2x All-American; Selected to the Champion All-American Showcase (Top 80 HS players in the country); All-American All-Star Team (top 15 players in the country)
College: Marquette University - Milwaukee, WI
College Recognition: Conference Champions (Freshman year at Quinnipiac); 3x Big-East All-Academic Team; 2x NCAA Division I Academic Honors Squad; NCAA Division I National Community Service Player of the Year Finalist; Selected to try out for the United States World Cup Team
Likes: Diet Coke, dogs, cheese, and climbing on things.
Dislikes: Pepsi products, mushrooms, tomatoes, and bees.
Meredith (Mer) Donaldson began playing basketball at the age of 5 and lacrosse at the age of 11. Mer played both sports year round and ultimately decided to play lacrosse in college. She attended Quinnipiac University her freshman year where they won the Conference Championship for the 1st time in school history. After her freshman year Mer decided to transfer to Marquette University where she was blessed with the opportunity to start the lacrosse program. She played for three years under the direction of Coach Meredith Black. Mer served as the community service liaison for two years where they raised over $25,000 for Pancreatic Cancer. During her time as a student-athlete she trained for 3 years under the United States Marine Corps OSO. She also coached the Club team for LaxManiax for 3 years; worked on the training and college recruiting team for 2 years; and coached the U15 Florida All-State team. Mer is currently in Law school at Marquette University and she is going into her third season as the head coach for the Varsity WNS Co-op team. Their first year together they went to the State quarterfinals and their second year together they went to the State Championship. Mer is honored to have received the WLF Co-Coach of the Year in 2015 and the US Lacrosse WI Coach of the Year in 2016. She was also blessed to have coached the Illinois-Wisconsin National team in 2015 and the Inaugural Wisconsin National team in 2016. Mer is in her second year of law school, and she is currently seeking appointment to the United States Navy JAG Corp.
High School: Adlai E Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, IL
HS Recognition: IWHSLA Sportswomanship Award; All-Conference, Two-time All Academic Team
College: Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL
Likes: Being outdoors, her pet goldfish, baking sweets, Chicago and traveling
Bio: Emily grew up in the Chicago area and has been involved with lacrosse since 2008. She was a defender throughout high school and was on the All Academic Team during her junior and senior year. She was All Conference and given the IWHSLA Sportswomanship Award during her senior year. She began coaching in 2012 and has been coaching at different levels in various locations nearly year-round since. Emily coached at her alma mater in 2014 and Highland Park High School in 2016. She has been with Lakeshore Lacrosse Club since 2014 and coached their Midwest Select and Chicago Stars teams, U13, U15 and high school levels. She is new to the Milwaukee area and very grateful to be able to continue share her love of lacrosse through coaching at MKE Elite.
High School: The Hotchkiss School
High School Recognition: Varsity player (we didn’t get any recognition back then)
College: Princeton University
College Recognition: Played Varsity Ice Hockey
Likes: modern art, vanilla bean ice cream, ‘70s music (most), Mad and Zed
Dislikes: The Polar Vortex, styrofoam, and smurfs
Growing up on the east coast, Eliza fell in love with lacrosse in 4th grade and played through high school. She played “first home” (aka low attack) on the varsity team at The Hotchkiss School which ended up ranked #1 in Connecticut her senior year. At Princeton University, Eliza played defense on the first varsity women’s ice hockey team. After college, she returned to Hotchkiss to teach and coached JV field hockey, 3rd V boys ice hockey and JV and V girls lacrosse. After a long hiatus from lacrosse (and the birth of two daughters who were getting curious about lacrosse), Eliza coached with Kathy Engman for the first Black Lax youth teams and founded and coached the WNS Girls High School lacrosse program. In addition, she organized Team Wisconsin, a select, all-state girls high school team, to play in the prestigious “School Girls” division at the 2016 Women’s National Tournament. Eliza is a US Lacrosse Level 3 certified coach and currently serves as the High School Girls Director on the Board of the Wisconsin Lacrosse Federation.
High School: Brookfield East High School
HS Recognition: Co-Captain of the 2012 State Champion team, three time first team all conference, three time first team all-state, 2012 All-American Honorable Mention, two time Academic All-American
College: Oberlin College (NCAC Conference)
College Recognition: Senior Co-Captain, four year starter. Second-Team IWLAC Great Lakes All-Region Player,
Two Time First-Team All Conference Player, Two Time Second-Team All Conference Player, Holds Oberlin College scoring record at 219 points, 172 goals, 2016 Honda Scholar-Athlete Award Winner
Likes: breakfast for dinner, dad jokes, cool biology facts, and quoting Parks and Recreation.
Dislikes: when the Packers lose, scary movies, and Debbie Downers.
Grace began playing lacrosse in sixth grade when it was offered as an after school clinic and was instantly hooked. She played four years of varsity for Brookfield's club team and won the state championship her senior year. After high school, Grace went on to play for Oberlin College where she was a four year starter, co-captain her senior year, a two time NCAC First Team All-Conference player, and a second team IWLCA Great Lakes All-Region player. She was also voted 'most valuable locker room cheerleader' by her teammates. Grace and her recruiting class were instrumental in helping to revitalize Oberlin's lacrosse program, and helped take them team to their first conference championship appearance since 2002.
In addition to lacrosse, Grace majored in Biology while at Oberlin and continues to be passionate about science, and hopes to complete a Masters Degree in Freshwater Science. When not playing lacrosse Grace can most reliably be found at Camp Minikani, playing games and generally being a 'big kid.'
High School: Chadwick School, Palos Verdes, CA
Recognition: Team captain and starter for four years in basketball; Prep League Champions 1997-2000; CIF Southern Section VAA 1998, 1999; First Team All League 1997, 1998, 2000; Player of the year for Div. VAA and Prep League, 1999; State Championship Runners-up, 1999. Varsity Starter for Volleyball 1998-2000; Second Team all League 1998, 1999; First Team all league 2000.
College: Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
Recognition: Varsity Women’s basketball 2000-2003; Coaches Award, 2002; Patriot League Honor Roll 2003
Likes: cooking, comic books, the beach, old movies, hammocks, and gummie bears
Dislikes: tomatoes, wallowing in self pity, dirty snow
Erin comes to Wisconsin Lacrosse by way of Southern California and basketball. LAX in the SoCal area is somewhat of a new thing, so when she grew up the name of her game was basketball. Erin earned numerous honors on her high school basketball team including but not limited to Player of the Year for the Division in 1999 as well as State Championship Runners-up of the same year. While in high school Erin scored a record number 2,107 in her career at Chadwick, while also racking up a few volleyball honors as well. She earned a basketball scholarship to Lehigh University where she, in her three years on the team, earned the Coaches Award. In 2005, after having lived a year at home, Erin moved to Milwaukee for graduate school and after graduating needed another job to supplement her museum education position at the Milwaukee Public Museum, so she fell back into coaching. This move brought her to University School of Milwaukee as a basketball coach and the next school year also brought with it a volleyball coaching contract. As a coach who worked well with the girls and genuinely enjoys watching girls succeed on their battlefield of choice, she was asked by the head lacrosse coach at USM if she could possibly help as numbers were getting a little out of hand, and it would be helpful to have someone that could potentially focus on the goalies because (as we all know) they get forgotten every now and then. She is currently the Assistant Varsity Lacrosse coach at USM, in charge of goalie training. Last season, Erin was part of the selection team for Team Wisconsin, making sure those goalies weren’t forgotten, and regardless of team, is always eager to give her remarks and praise to those girls who choose to stand between the pipes when no one else will.
High School: University School of Milwaukee, WI
Recognition: First Team All Conference & First Team All State 3 years in a row, Classic 8 Player of the year Junior & Senior year, Women's National Tournament - Wisconsin/ Illinois Team 2014
Likes: Hiking, traveling, peanut butter, spy movies
Dislikes: Guinea pigs, gross feet, golf
Katherine played all four years of high school on the University School of Milwaukee's Varsity Team. In her time there she was First Team All Conference and First Team All State for three years in a row - Sophomore to Senior Year. She had the most ground balls in the state for two years and draws for one year. She was Classic 8’s Players of the Year for her Junior and Senior Year and MVP for her team those same years. She was also captain of her team her senior year and All American Honorable Mention for her Junior and Senior Year. Katherine has been coaching for four years, and officiating for three years.
High School: Kewaskum
Recognition: Team captain two years for basketball and two years for volleyball, volleyball conference champions senior year.
College: Concordia University Wisconsin
Recognition: Two conference championships, Two 2nd Team All Conference titles, Academic Student Athlete Achievement Award, Team Captain, and played two seasons of volleyball.
Likes: photography, videography, riding horses and fishing
Dislikes: enriched bleached flour
While born and raised on her family’s farm in Random Lake Wisconsin, Sabrina discovered her hidden lacrosse skills at the young age of 9. For years her father had her catch pigeons in a net to be released at weddings. Her mom encouraged her to pursue this secret talent at Concordia University Wisconsin where lacrosse was offered. While up until that point she had only played volleyball, basketball and track in high school, she took a chance and picked up the sport her freshman year. Good thing she did, as she earned a starting position her first year as a freshman. During her second season she earned second team all conference honors, and by her junior year she had helped her team become conference champions, played in the NCAA Tournament, and played for the USA Athletic International Team in Australia. As a Senior Sabrina ranked 6th in MWLC for points, and 3rd in assists, and earned 2nd Team All Conference and Defensive Player of the Week honors. Sabrina completed her lacrosse career as captain of the team, winning the conference, and appearing in the NCAA tournament for a second time.
Sabrina uses her spare time to help promote and develop the sport in local high schools and grade schools. In the coming year she will build a girls high school program from the ground up. She has been named the Head Coach for the new DSHA High School girl’s lacrosse team for the 2017 season.
Samantha (Sam) Landis
High School: Warrior Run Area High School, Turbotville, PA
Recognition: Rookie of the year, MVP two years (field hockey), all-conference junior and senior year (lacrosse), Homecoming Queen and her pig won Grand Champion at 4H!!!!
College: Alvernia University, Reading, PA
Recognition: Lacrosse and Field Hockey team Captain, First-team All-Commonwealth team selection, twice named to Second-Team all MAC, USA Lacrosse.com All-American honorable mention.
Likes: Hiking, consuming massive amounts of cheese-curds, playing sports and cheering for her home-state teams: Eagles, Sixers, Flyers, Phillies and Penn State.
Dislikes: Grape-flavored drinks, sub-zero temperatures, mosquitos and the fact that her Eagles have never won a Super Bowl.
Samantha Landis enters her third as Concordia University Wisconsin's Women's Lacrosse assistant coach in 2016. She is also the head coach of the Field Hockey program. She previously served as an assistant coach at Lycoming College. Landis was a three-time All-Middle Atlantic Conference selection at Alvernia University during her playing career. A four-year letter winner and a team captain in both field hockey and lacrosse at Alvernia, Landis is one of the most decorated women's lacrosse players in the school's history. A midfielder, Landis picked up two Second Team All-MAC honors and as a senior she was a First Team All-Commonwealth Conference selection. As a junior, she was named a USA College Lacrosse.com Honorable Mention All-American after posting 23 goals and 17 assists and she wrapped up her career by being named Alvernia's Senior Female Athlete of the Year in 2011-12. She finished her career as the second in school history in career assists with 65, seventh with 120 career goals and sixth with 185 points. A 2012 cum laude graduate of Alvernia University with a Bachelor of Science in biology, Landis was also a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for two years and served as the Intramural Athletic Board's president. She earned six mentions on the MAC Academic Honor Roll (three each for field hockey and lacrosse), was named to the NFHCA All-Academic squad four times and the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Academic Honor Roll once.