Lauren Poppe SRL Director. Lauren comes highly recommended from the Brookfield Youth Lacrosse Program and her Alma Mater, Western CT State University where she earned many awards for outstanding sportsmanship and athletic accolades.
"Lacrosse has always been a passion of mine. I started playing lacrosse at a young age and continued through out my college career. I played at Western Connecticut State University for three years. During my time at Western I played midfield and was named midfielder of the year in 2011 as well as an ECAC Third Team New England All-Star. Along with these awards I was named second and first team all conference during my three years. While playing at Western I also spent time coaching the youth in Brookfield. After I graduated I helped out at Western during fall practices and continued to stay involved with lacrosse whenever possible. I am very excited to be a part of Still River and hope to share my experiences with the players. "
Lauren is also an Elementary school teacher in Newtown. Lauren will take on several responsibilities in the SRL Program. In addition to coaching, you will see Lauren on the sidelines recruiting, helping coordinate gear, keeping on top of scheduling and payments as well as being the point person for girls when looking for extra help. Lauren is an outstanding resource and we are so happy to welcome her to the Administrative Team at SRL.
Kelly Buikus played collegiately at the University of Saint Joseph (CT) where she was a 4 year starter and 3 year captain on the inaugural team. Buikus is currently in the record books in caused turnovers as well as draw controls.
Buikus has coached at the high school, and division 2 & 3 levels. Buikus was a graduate assistant at Hood College in Frederick, MD for the 2008-2009 season and was then named the head lacrosse coach and assistant athletic director at Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA for two seasons. Most recently Buikus was the head coach at division 2 Converse College in Spartanburg, SC.
Currently, she is the head lacrosse coach at Bristol Eastern/Central high school which just completed their first varsity season.
Caitlyn Corace just completed her first season as the assistant women's lacrosse coach at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY. She graduated from Keene State College in the spring of 2012 with a bachelor's degree in physical education. At Keene State, she played four years of varsity lacrosse, started in all 77 games on attack, and currently rank fourth among the all-time leading scorers. During her time at Keene, they won three Little East Conference Championships along with three NCAA appearances. In 2010, the team also won the ECAC championship.
At Mahopac High School, she was a 3x all-League player, and a 2x all-section player. She was also a member of the Empire lacrosse team and the New York team for the National Girl's Lacrosse Tournament.
Since 2004, she has worked with the Mahopac Sports Association and at the Head, Heart, Hustle Lacrosse Camp in Rye, N.Y.
Jen Ascencio Asst. Coach Vassar College - a 2011 graduate of Manhattanville College and a four year letter winner of both field hockey and lacrosse, enters her first season as an assistant coach to both the field hockey and women’s lacrosse teams for the Brewers.
Ascencio earned 4 varsity letters in field hockey during her time at Manhattanville and was named captain her senior year.
As a forward or center midfielder, she was an offensive powerhouse as the leading scorer for her team each year 2007-2009.
She is currently ranked 3rd in points in program history with 75. In 2009, she was chosen for the All Freedom Conference
2nd team in addition to the All-Tournament Team at the Betty Richey Tournament, hosted by Vassar College.
As a member of the women’s lacrosse team for 4 years at Manhattanville, Ascencio saw similar success on the offensive line
as a midfielder or attacker. Currently, she is ranked 4th in draw controls in program history with 141 and ranked 10th
among the school’s all-time scorers for points and goals. She was also invited to play for the elite US AIST lacrosse team
in Australia and Europe.
During the winter seasons of 2007-2009, Ascencio also played for the women’s ice hockey team as a forward at
Manhattanville. In 2008, the team was the ECAC East Champions and finished 2nd at the NCAA Frozen Four Championships.
Doug Murray – WestConn Asst Coach Men's lacrosse. Played at Univ of Notre Dame. Team captain and received all conference honors in senior year.
Mike Gallop – WestConn Asst coach Men's lacrosse. 11 years Varsity High School Coaching exp. 20 years of playing experience –college and post college.
Rachel Maley - JV Head coach Newtown HS. Played lacrosse at Ithaca College from 2007 - 2011
Kaitlyn Arconti - Played lacrosse for 4 years at westconn, played over seas in scotland, back at danbury high school where she played in high school coaching the jv team for her first year. Graduated in may 2012 with a degree in communication.
Haley Carey - current player at Curry College.
Kelsey Heaton - current player at WCSU.
Maria Ortiz - Current Goalie at Iona College
Nicole Perrone - 2013 graduate from WCSU