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.

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 in high school.

 

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. 

Allie
DaCar

Stanford

Originally from Pleasanton, Ca, Allie is a Bay Area native who keeps finding her way back. She started playing lacrosse in eighth grade, became a goalie because she didn't want to wear a skirt, and never looked back. She attended Amador Valley High School, where she was a two-time high school All-American in 2013 and 2014, and captained her team to a North Coast Section championship win in 2014. 

 

Allie continued her lacrosse career into college, where she was the four-year starting goalkeeper at Stanford from 2015-2018. At Stanford, she earned all-conference team and all-academic team recognition 3 of 4 years, IWLCA all-west-region recognition in 2016, and was named the first ever Pac-12 tournament MVP as a senior in 2018. 

 

She graduated in 2018 with a B.S. in Human Biology, and hopes to use her academic and work experiences to pursue medical school in the near future. She now works at Stanford (yes, it's like she never left) doing clinical research in pediatric critical care. In her free time, Allie loves to travel on a dime, snowboard, run, bike, and bake. Allie joined Verve to expand its various outreach programs and spread the game we all love to at-risk communities. 

Yuna
Hur

Brown

Yuna grew up on Long Island and played for the Long Island Yellow Jackets Elite travel team. She was awarded the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Scholar Athlete Award in both field hockey and lacrosse at Ward Melville High School. She was also selected to play for the U.S. Under Armour National Lacrosse Underclassmen Games, and helped lead her team to win the championships. Yuna spent her senior year at the Hotchkiss School, a boarding school in Connecticut, where she was a tri-varsity athlete (field hockey, swimming, lacrosse), and was named US Lacrosse All-American and US Lacrosse Academic All-American. She continued playing at Brown University, where in her rookie season, nominated “Best Rookie Performance” of Brown University Varsity Springs Sports, in addition to being in the top 20 leading scorers in the Ivy League prior to an injury, which sidelined her lacrosse career. 

 

Upon graduating from Brown University, Yuna has coached field hockey, basketball, and lacrosse throughout two years at the Taft School, a boarding school in Connecticut. After earning her M.S.Ed from the University of Pennsylvania’s Boarding School Teaching Residency, she accepted a job with huge excitement to move out to the west coast for the first time in her life. Yuna is an educator at the Stevenson School, where she teaches computer science and math, serves as an admissions officer, coaches field hockey and lacrosse, and is eager to explore California, as a life-long east coaster.

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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.

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.

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Codi 
Mullen

US Naval Academy

Originally from Wading River, NY, Codi started playing lacrosse in Second Grade. She attended Shoreham-Wading River high school in 2008, where she ran cross country, winter track and played varsity lacrosse for four years starting as a lefty attackman and midfielder.  Her team won three state NY State Championships from 2008-2010. During her senior year she was named Captain, but her season was cut short due to an ACL injury.  In addition to high school lacrosse, she played travel lacrosse for the Long Island Yellow Jackets, where she got recruited to play Division I lacrosse at the United States Naval Academy. 

After graduating high school in 2011, she did a post-graduate year at the Peddie School in New Jersey, where she played a year of lacrosse.  In 2012, Codi entered the Naval Academy, and began playing on the Navy Women’s Lacrosse team. She played all four years, and was nominated team captain her senior year. During her free time, she helped coach the Girls U14 team for Onslow Tribe Youth Lacrosse in North Carolina, as well as Bogue Elite HS Girls Team. 

Codi is now attending school at Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey studying Operational Analysis. She is excited to explore California. Codi loves the game of lacrosse and is excited to be involved in the lacrosse community here!

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Kyra
Pelton

Stanford

 Kyra Pelton is currently a fifth year 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). 

Rachel

Hurst

 

 

 

Coming soon!

Fort Lewis College

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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. 

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.
 

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