About The Program
The Girls’ Lacrosse program consists of three teams: Varsity, Junior Varsity and Thirds. Players and coaches are committed to striving for excellence and to working together closely, to ensure a positive experience for all. The coaching staff teaches both the skills and the work ethic required to succeed, while also promoting a positive and encouraging atmosphere and fostering a passion for team sports.
The Thirds and JV programs provide the opportunity for less experienced players to sharpen their lacrosse skills and enjoy the competitive nature and teamwork necessary to succeed. All three teams work closely together to build a cohesive program that values hard work, teamwork, and a joy of the game. The coaching staff values and respects the full experience of being a Milton Academy student athlete and is mindful of the hard work and focus required to stay on top of schoolwork while also committing fully to the team during the season.
The Varsity team competes in the Independent School League (ISL) and with other top teams in New England. This high level of competition requires not only strong stick skills and lacrosse knowledge, but also knowing how to play well with teammates. In addition to the high expectations both on and off the field, the Varsity team is always determined to have fun. The team has traditions that have been in place for years, including team dinners on Friday nights, dressing up on game days, and inter-squad competitions between blue and orange teams at the end of the season. The unity of the lacrosse team contributes to success on the field, but also inevitably leads to lasting friendships.
Milton Girls’ Lacrosse has achieved high standings in the ISL. In 2016, the inaugural year of the Girls’ Lacrosse ISL Tournament, Milton made it to the semi-final round. We have also had many student athletes continue on to play in college at top Division I and Division III programs. Milton Girls’ Lacrosse players have played at Columbia University, Stanford University and Williams College and with NCAA Championship winning teams at Middlebury College and Trinity College.
Coaches and Captains
1st Team (Varsity)
Head Coach: Molly Swain
Molly Swain is beginning her first year as the Head Varsity Lacrosse coach at Milton, after being an assistant with the program for the previous two years. Having played Division 1 Lacrosse for the top ten ranked Boston University for five years, she brings a high level of game knowledge and playing experience to the program. During her career at BU, Molly was a starting midfielder, a two-time captain, had multiple nominations to the America East Team and the All Academic Team. In addition, Molly received the prestigious Scarlet Key Award at BU for exceptional leadership in the community.
Molly has coached extensively at both the Middle and High School levels and is currently a coach for the girls club lacrosse team Laxachusetts. Previously, she has been Head Coach of Chiswick Lacrosse Camps in London, UK for four summer seasons and, in the most recent summers, has coached for Boston University’s Around The Crease Lacrosse Clinics, Nike’s Top of the Class Camp, Metro Lacrosse, and Revolution Lacrosse.
Molly teaches Upper and Middle School Visual Arts and works in the Outdoor Program at Milton.
Assistant Coach: Sydney Thomas
Assistant Coach: Kate MacDonald
Captains: Sara O’Connor ’17 & Gabrielle Fernandopulle ’17
2nd Team (Junior Varsity)
Head Coach: Liz Morse
Assistant Coach: Jillian Macomber
3rd Team (Freshmen)
Head Coach: Caitlin Cataldo
Assistant Coach: Jaquie Durand