Meet Our Team

Amanda grew up in the Bay Area and played at Amador Valley High School and helped lead her team to winning the Northern California State Championship in 2008 and was named an Academic All-American in 2008.

 

Amanda went on to play center and attack at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for 3 years, helping her team get to the National Championships each year. She was a three year All-League First Team attack player and was awarded the National Rookie of the Year award in 2009.

 

At Cal Poly Amanda majored in Kinesiology and minored in Sports Nutrition, with the goal of pursuing a career in personal training.  Amanda now lives in Santa Cruz and has been working as a personal trainer for the past 8 years. She owns her own company, HappilyForeverFit, a women’s fitness and lifestyle program in the Bay Area.

Meet Our Team

Alyssa Dunlap

Following her playing career at Vanderbilt Division I Women's lacrosse, Dunlap spent two years (2014-2016) as an active coach for the Stanford University women's lacrosse program where she worked primarily on the defensive end.  During that time, Dunlap was also the Director of Treelax Lacrosse Club, an elite national level travel team, founded by Amy Bokker, Head Coach of Stanford Division I Women's Lacrosse since 2009.  

Alyssa Dunlap was a four year starter at Vanderbilt University. She was captain both her junior and senior years.  She received IWLCA All-West Region selection in 2014 and was named to the All-American Lacrosse Conference 1st team.

Alyssa was a two-time 1st team All-American and Under Armour All-American her senior year.

 

She graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2014 with a degree in Corporate Leadership.

During her free time Alyssa enjoys solo long distance backpacking and outdoor exploration. Her most recent thru hike was in Swedish Lapand where she completed the 280 mile Kungsleden trail. Alyssa plans to complete the 2,560 mile Pacific Crest Trail in Spring 2018.

Amy 

Yu

Amy has been coaching girls' lacrosse since 2012. She coached the West Valley RedHawks for two years of GU9, three years of GU11 and one year of GU12A. Her daughter, Elisabeth has played lacrosse for 6 years with the RedHawks and her son, Joe has played for 4 years. Her 14 year old daughter, Kelley, attends SHP and dances classical ballet at Los Gatos Ballet. 

 

Amy grew up in Mountain View, California and played varsity volleyball, basketball, softball and track at Sacred Heart Preparatory in Atherton. Amy’s lacrosse experience started at UC Davis where she played for the varsity team from 1990-1994. As the leading scorer as a midfield defensive wing, her team won the California State Championships, WWLL Western Regional Championships and went back east to win the USWLA National Division III Championship in 1994. She was president of the UC Davis Lacrosse club in 1993 and 1994 and worked to create the NCAA status with the University.  She became the president of the NCWLA Club in the east bay post graduation. 

 

Amy coaches lacrosse to empower girls and create a safe place for our daughters to be aggressive, assertive and strong teammates on the field. She takes great effort to get to know the girls and works on incorporating their talents and skills onto the field. 

Stanford 

Liz

Hogan

Syracuse University

A previous member of the U.S. Women's National Team, and current STX athlete and UWLX Boston Storm member Hogan brings five years of Division I coaching experience to the Verve team. She served as an assistant coach at Stanford, Virginia Tech and Colgate University.

Originally from Upstate New York, Hogan began coaching after an outstanding career at Syracuse where she went 52-23 as a four-year starter at goalkeeper. She is the all-time leader in saves (660) and ground balls (181) in program history. She was a four-time All-Big East First Team member, 2010 Big East Defender of the Year, First Team IWLCA All-American (2010), three-time First Team All-Northeast Region selection and three-time Big East regular season champion (2008, 2009, 2011).

Amanda 

Watson

Cal Poly

Amanda grew up in the Bay Area and played at Amador Valley High School and helped lead her team to winning the Northern California State Championship in 2008 and was named an Academic All-American in 2008.

 

Amanda went on to play center and attack at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for 3 years, helping her team get to the National Championships each year. She was a three year All-League First Team attack player and was awarded the National Rookie of the Year award in 2009.

 

At Cal Poly Amanda majored in Kinesiology and minored in Sports Nutrition, with the goal of pursuing a career in personal training.  Amanda now lives in Santa Cruz and has been working as a personal trainer for the past 8 years. She owns her own company, HappilyForeverFit, a women’s fitness and lifestyle program in the Bay Area.

Alyssa Dunlap

President

Vanderbilt University

Following her playing career at Vanderbilt Division I Women's lacrosse, Dunlap spent two years (2014-2016) as an active coach for the Stanford University women's lacrosse program where she worked primarily on the defensive end.  During that time, Dunlap was also the Director of Treelax Lacrosse Club, an elite national level travel team, founded by Amy Bokker, Head Coach of Stanford Division I Women's Lacrosse since 2009.  

Alyssa Dunlap was a four year starter at Vanderbilt University. She was captain both her junior and senior years.  She received IWLCA All-West Region selection in 2014 and was named to the All-American Lacrosse Conference 1st team.

Alyssa was a two-time 1st team All-American and Under Armour All-American her senior year.

 

She graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2014 with a degree in Corporate Leadership.

In her free time Alyssa trains for ultra marathons. She has raced both the 50K distance and 50 mile distance. 

Amy 

Yu

Chief Executive Officer

UC Davis

Amy has been coaching girls' lacrosse since 2012. She coached the West Valley RedHawks for two years of GU9, three years of GU11 and one year of GU12A. Her daughter, Elisabeth has played lacrosse for 6 years with the RedHawks and her son, Joe has played for 4 years. Her 14 year old daughter, Kelley, attends SHP and dances classical ballet at Los Gatos Ballet. 

 

Amy grew up in Mountain View, California and played varsity volleyball, basketball, softball and track at Sacred Heart Preparatory in Atherton. Amy’s lacrosse experience started at UC Davis where she played for the varsity team from 1990-1994. As the leading scorer as a midfield defensive wing, her team won the California State Championships, WWLL Western Regional Championships and went back east to win the USWLA National Division III Championship in 1994. She was president of the UC Davis Lacrosse club in 1993 and 1994 and worked to create the NCAA status with the University.  She became the president of the NCWLA Club in the East Bay post graduation. 

 

Amy coaches lacrosse to empower girls and create a safe place for our daughters to be aggressive, assertive and strong teammates on the field. She takes great effort to get to know the girls and works on incorporating their talents and skills onto the field. 

Wendy

Dodd

San Jose Coordinator

UC Irvine

Wendy was born and raised in San Jose, California.  Wendy played soccer growing up and switched to volleyball, basketball and track and field in high school.  She earned a full athletic scholarship to UC Irvine in volleyball.  She set the record for most digs in a single game and was named to the All-American team her junior and senior years. After Irvine, she earned her BA in Kinesiology and a Master’s degree in Adapted Physical Education (APE).  She has been teaching APE in the East Side Union High School District for 20 years. 

 

Since college, Wendy has coached multiple sports including volleyball, basketball and baseball, and started coaching lacrosse with Amy Yu in 2015 when her daughter (Keira) started playing lacrosse for West Valley RedHawks.  She coached at RedHawks until 2019 where she coached the GU14A team. 

 

Wendy has 2 kids. Connor is 16 an dplays football and lacrosse at LGHS, as well as Chauncey Boys Lacrosse. Keira is 14 and will be entering LGHS and plans to play lacrosse, among other sports. She is playing for Verve. Wendy is currently the JV girls volleyball coach at LGHS.  She plays basketball and tennis competitively.  Wendy enjoys coaching and guiding girls to be the best they can be as an individuals and team players. 

Reeti
Sidhu

UC Davis

Reeti Sidhu played lacrosse at UC Davis while majoring in Chemistry. After her college lacrosse career, she went on to coach the San Jose State Women’s Lacrosse team for a year while pursuing her Master's degree at the university.

 

She also coached at Saratoga High School from 2011 to 2013 and with All West Lacrosse from 2011 to 2015.

  

Reeti is currently working as a physical chemist and loves to stay involved with all things lacrosse. When she isn’t working or studying, Reeti enjoys traveling and hiking with her dog.

Alex 
Poplawski

Stanford

Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Alex was a three-time First Team All-American at Springfield High School and county Player of the Year her senior year. She also played basketball and soccer in high school.

 

Alex played lacrosse at Stanford University and graduated in 2017 with a degree in Product Design. She played midfield and attack for the Cardinal and was a three-time MPSF Academic All-American. During her summer breaks, she coached at multiple collegiate lacrosse camps. 

 

Alex now lives in San Francisco and works in live video partnerships at Twitter. She enjoys spending her free time exploring the California coast, surfing, and training for her first marathon.

Lauren 

Boyle

UC Davis

Lauren Boyle played NCAA Division I lacrosse at UC Davis while majoring in Civil Engineering. As a defender, Lauren started every game her sophomore, junior and senior years on the team. Boyle was awarded Academic All MPSF honors in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and served as team captain her senior season.

 

After her college lacrosse career, Boyle was the defensive coach for the WCLL 2012 National Champions, UC Davis Women’s Lacrosse Club team. Since then, she has coached for a variety of youth programs in the San Francisco Bay Area including The Bay Area Wave, Firehawks Youth Lacrosse, Menlo- Atherton Grizzlies, TreeLax and her alma mater Sacred Heart Preparatory High School.

  

Lauren is currently working as a certified professional civil engineer for BKF Engineers and enjoys coaching in her free time to stay involved with the game of lacrosse. When she isn’t busy with engineering or coaching, she dedicates time to hobbies such as gymnastics, photography, dancing and running.

Lauren
Wingerden

De Anza 

Lauren Wingerden grew up in Campbell, California and started to love lacrosse from a young age. She played on many club teams throughout the years. During her 4 years of high school lacrosse, Lauren was able to achieve the position of captain on her NCJLA high school club team, her junior and senior year. In addition she was selected as a 3 time All Star.

 In the fall she will be attending De Anza community college and then will be onto UC Santa Cruz to play lacrosse and get a degree in human biology. She enjoys many outdoor activities such as hiking, swimming, going to the beach, and traveling. Just recently she came back from Samara, Costa Rica where she was given the opportunity to teach the local children lacrosse, and spread the love of the game. Lauren has always been passionate about the sport and she is extremely excited to continue to coach and mentor young girls in the amazing game of lacrosse.

Kyra
Pelton

Stanford

 Kyra Pelton is currently a senior on the Women's Lacrosse team at Stanford. She is studying Sustainable Design Engineering with a Product Realization concentration. Kyra is originally from Redwood City, California. She started playing lacrosse in the fourth grade, and was on the first girls Firehawks lacrosse team! As a starting defender since her freshman year at Stanford, she hopes to bring her passion and knowledge of the game to Verve Lacrosse to inspire young female athletes. 

Kelly

Myers

Stanford

Born and Raised in Washington D.C., Kelly was a four year First Team All American at Georgetown Visitation, and a three varsity sport athlete (field hockey, tennis, and lacrosse). She was a two time Under Armour All American and honored with the Heather Leigh Albert Award. 

 

Kelly graduated in 2018 from Stanford University with a B.S. in Business, Innovation and Design Engineering. A midfielder turned defender for the Cardinal, Kelly was a four year starter, and named MPSF and Pac 12 Tournament MVP All - Tournament Team and MVP twice ending her career with second most draw controls in a season in school history and third overall in caused turnovers. 

 

Now a project manager at Twitter in San Francisco, Kelly loves exploring new coffee shops, being a trainer at Barry’s Bootcamp, writing on her blog and traveling (favorite places to date = New Zealand or Costa Rica). 

Sarina
Madnick

 

 

 

Sarina is a Tri-Valley native and former standout at Amador Valley High School, garnering First-Team All EBAL, Valley Times Athlete of the Week, Oakland Tribune First-Team All-Bay Area, and team MVP honors. She also served as team captain her senior year.

 

Sarina joined the 7-time National Champion Cal Poly University Women’s Team for their 2007 season and was a starter at both Center and A-Wing for three seasons on Cal Poly’s WDIA Division 1 team. During her time at Cal Poly, Sarina played in three National Championship tournaments and was a three-time Western Women’s Lacrosse League All-Star.

 

After graduating from Cal Poly in 2010 with a degree in Marketing, Sarina began working in professional sports in events, marketing, and corporate sponsorship roles for the Golden State Warriors, Oakland Athletics, and San Jose Sharks. 

 

Sarina is currently finishing her Master’s in Athletic Administration from Ohio University, and in her spare time she enjoys hiking with her dog, Daisy, and exploring the Bay Area. 

Cal Poly

Laura 
Klein

Stanford 

Laura is originally from Pleasanton, California where she attended Foothill High School. She was a Two-time All-American and Academic All-American during her high school career.

 

Laura played midfield and defense for Stanford during her four years as a Cardinal. She was a MPSF Academic All-American her sophomore and junior year. Her favorite parts of the game are draw controls and getting the ball back when double teaming an attacker.

 

A native-born Californian, Laura is looking forward to moving out to Boston in September 2018 and beginning a new adventure on the East Coast. 

Sarah 
Tustin

Vanderbilt University

Originally from Horsham, Pennsylvania, Sarah attended Vanderbilt University where she played attack for their NCAA Division 1 Women's Lacrosse Team. While there, she was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll each year. During her summer breaks, she coached lacrosse for the same travel team she played on in high school, Ultimate Goal Lacrosse. During high school, she was a 4 year starter for the varsity lacrosse and field hockey teams and was a 2x Academic All American. 

 

After graduating from Vanderbilt in 2014, Sarah moved to Denver, Colorado before relocating to San Francisco. She is now working for a technology startup in the city doing business development. 

 

In her free time, Sarah continues to play lacrosse for The Olympic Club, a post collegiate women's lacrosse team in the city. She also enjoys traveling, hiking, camping and spending time with friends in the city, checking out all that San Francisco has to offer. She is an avid skier and likes to sneak in a trip to Tahoe whenever she can. 

Morgan 
Smith

San Jose State

Morgan Smith came to California in 2016 to attend San Jose State University and study child development with the goal of becoming a teacher. After moving here, she started to coach girl’s junior varsity lacrosse at Saratoga High School. This will be Morgan’s second year coaching.

 

Morgan is originally from Connecticut which is where her lacrosse career began. She started playing in 7th grade for her city’s recreation team, and then went on to play all throughout high school, where she was named most valuable defensive player.

 

Morgan continues her lacrosse career at San Jose State University where she is the vice president of the women’s club lacrosse team and a starting defensive player.

Sandy
Smith

Stanford

Born and raised in Memphis, TN, Sandy has been playing lacrosse since the 7th grade. Throughout high school, Sandy helped lead her team to four state championships as a two time All-American and team MVP. One of her greatest passions has been helping the sport of lacrosse grow back home in Tennessee as well as out here on the West coast. 

 

At the next level,  Sandy played for Stanford University, where she just graduated this past year (2018) with a B.A. in Science, Technology, and Society.  Sandy played midfield for the Cardinal and was coached for two seasons by Alyssa Dunlap, founder of Verve. During the summers, she has continued her love for coaching through multiple lacrosse camps as well as private lessons in Tennessee and the Bay Area.

 

Currently, Sandy works in Palo Alto for T3 Advisors, a real estate consulting company that works with high-growth tech companies nationally. She enjoys spending her free time exploring California, attending sporting events, reading, and trying new fitness activities such as yoga, cycling, and kickboxing. 

Marissa 
Mastronardi

Clarkson University

Marissa Mastronardi is originally from Upstate New York where she started her lacrosse career.  She was a captain and MVP of the Cortland High School Varsity Lacrosse team in 2010. She went on to play college lacrosse at Clarkson University and was on the starting lineup throughout her tenure.

 

Marissa relocated to the bay area in 2015 where she works in the medical device industry. Marissa maintains a passion for lacrosse, the game she spent over half of her life playing.  This will be her second year coaching at the U12 level in the bay area and brings 15 years of lacrosse experience as well.  She also has 8 years of experience as a ski/snowboard coach and loves teaching active sports. Marissa wants to focus on individualized feedback for her players as well as team strategy and flow. She is excited to bring her passion and expertise to a new generation of laxers.

Kate

Cortese

University of Delaware

Kate originates from Baltimore, Maryland where she was a four year varsity starter in lacrosse at Mt. de Sales Academy; she also played four years of varsity basketball. After high school, she continued playing at the University of Delaware. As an attacker, she was a four year letter winner, twice named to the America East All Conference team, selected to the All Tournament Team in 2000 and scored over 100 points in her career.


After graduating from college, she attended the University of Maryland dental school where she met her husband, a native of California. Upon their graduation they moved to California and have settled in San Jose. They have four kids keeping them busy with lacrosse, soccer and baseball.