Maplestix Lacrosse Player and Coaches Clinic

Featuring Top Ontario Women’s Field Lacrosse Coaches

Guest Coaches Information


Erica Evans - Trent University

Currently play for Team Canada Women’s Lacrosse and have won Two Gold (2015, World Games 2022) and Three Silver (2017, 2022) Medals with the National Team. Also recognized to the All-World Team in both 2015 and 2017 World Cups

Trent University, Peterborough ON - Women’s Lacrosse HEAD Coach : 2019 and 2021 OUA Champions

Played Division 1 Women’s Lacrosse while at Canisius College and The University of Maryland

Canisius College Women’s Lacrosse:
●  Set the record for most points and goals in a season with 108 (points) and 76 (goals) (2017)
●  Set the record for most goals in program history with 186
●  All- American in 2016 and 2017 at Canisius
●  MAAC Rookie of the year 2015
●  MAAC Midfielder of the year 2015, 2016, 2017

University of Maryland Women’s Lacrosse:
●  All- American 2019
●  Lead the team in goals with 59
●  Won NCAA Division 1 National Championship (2019)


Jesse Porter - University of Toronto

Jesse Porter is currently in her sixth year of coaching the Varsity Blues women's lacrosse program at the University of Toronto and is working on her PhD in gender equity & coaching.

Prior to joining the Blues, Jesse coached the National Chinese women's lacrosse team while living abroad, where she guided the team to their first entry at the World Cup in England. Lacrosse has given Jesse the opportunity to coach lacrosse in over seven different countries from Thailand to Argentina.

Back in Toronto, she has coached U13, U17 and U19 teams with the Toronto Beaches Lacrosse Club from 2011-15 and 2021-23, while also serving as an official in the Ontario Women's Field Lacrosse league from 2010-15.

As a player, Porter was an OUA-MVP Defender the four-time OUA champion Western Mustangs from 2011-14. While at Western, she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology – Sport Management.

As a coach, Jesse is dedicated to coaching her athletes as people first and empowering them to be leaders who are able to think for themselves, communicate effectively and develop tools to succeed both on and off the field.


Mike Watson - Queens University

Mike Watson's team just one Silver in the OUA's 2023 season!  He currently serves as the Technical Director of Lacrosse at Queen's. He oversees both the men's and women's programs, and has been the head coach of the women's team since 2016. He began playing at 9 years of age in London, Ontario, and has played at the Jr. B level, Canadian University level with Western and has played Sr. B. Mike has been involved as a coach for the last 15 years, coaching at the Jr. C level, minor field and box and OUA.

Mike studied Kinesiology at Western, followed by Chiropractic college in New York. He currently runs a collaborative rehab clinic in Kingston, working alongside physiotherapists, chiropractors, massage therapists and trainers.

Since joining Queen's as head coach, the women's lacrosse team has finished with 1 bronze, 3 silver and 2 gold medals. Queen's has been in each OUA final since the 2017 season, winning gold in 2018 and 2022. Mike feels that an emphasis on strength and conditioning has helped drive Queen's success over the years.


Erica (Howard) Shortt - Wilfrid Laurier University

Erica Shortt is a native and resident of Kitchener, ON, where she grew up playing U19 for KW’s field lacrosse team. Erica attended Wilfrid Laurier University and was a key contributor to the Women’s Field Lacrosse team. During her 4 years at Laurier, the team won 4 OUA championships. In her rookie year, she had the honour of being named the Laurier lacrosse rookie of the year, followed by 3 consecutive years of being named the team MVP. In her second year at Laurier, Erica was recognized by the OUA as the League MVP. She was also named an OUA all-star each of her 4 years as a Golden Hawk. Erica had the privilege of being one of only four lacrosse players to be inducted into the Golden Hawk Hall of Fame. She has since returned to Laurier as the Head Coach of the Wilfrid Laurier Women’s Field Lacrosse team.


Garrett Loubert - Western University

Garrett Loubert is a graduate of Western University with over 25 years of lacrosse experience as both a coach and player. Loubert joined the Women's Lacrosse program as a graduate-assistant coach in 2013.

After two years as an assistant, Loubert worked alongside Kristen Stafford as Co-Head coaches until 2018 capturing two OUA championships (2015, 2017) and a Silver medal (2016)

In 2019 Loubert took over Head Coaching duties and has lead the Mustangs to Bronze medal finishes the last three seasons (2019, 2021 and 2022) compiling a 40-4 record.


Ted Sawicki - Goalie Expert

Being a goaltending expert is only one of Ted Sawicki's considerable talents in respect of lacrosse. Born in St. Catharines, Ted has lived and breathed lacrosse his whole life at every level resuling in his induction into the Ontario and Canadian Lacrosse Halls of Fame. His accolades as a goalie, a coach and a builder cannot be briefly listed, but to cite a few, he has won a Mann Cup, played for Team Canada from 1982 to 1998, played and coached in the National Lacrosse League, and served as a member of Team Canada womens lacrosse coaching staff. For the past two decades, Ted has put in countless hours coaching girls & womens lacrosse at the minor and university level. His daughters went on to play university lacrosse, with his daughter Charlotte currently playing for Queen's University.


Rachael McKinnon - Ontario Tech Coach

Rachael McKinnon is from Brooklin, Ontario and a graduate of the University of Denver where she was a Full Scholarship recipient and attacker for the Pioneers. While playing at Denver, McKinnon helped her team to an MPSF Conference Championship and 2 NCAA Sweet Sixteen Tournament Appearances. She currently serves as a Full-Time employee with the Ontario Lacrosse Association as one of the Technical Directors, helping with the growth and development of lacrosse across Ontario. She is an Assistant Coach with the U20 Canadian National Team that will be competing in Hong Kong in 2024. She is also the Head Coach of the U19 Provincial Field Lacrosse Team, Assistant Coach with the 17U Provincial Canada Summer Games Team and Assistant Coach with Ontario Tech University Women’s Lacrosse team.


Simon Bellamy - Brock University

●  National Champion
●  2X All-Canadian
●  3X Team Captain
●  3X Team MVP
●  All-Baggataway Goalie

Founder of Stand Tall Goaltending Coaches for Brock Men's and Women's lacrosse, St. Catharines Athletics Minor Lacrosse, and Guardian Goaltending.


Megan Shea - University of Guelph

Megan Shea recently completed her inaugural season as Head Coach with the University of Guelph Women’s Lacrosse team. She played for the Mississauga Trilliums U-19 team, switching over to play for Burlington Chiefs and Mimico Mountaineers (Senior). During 2011-2015, Megan played as a Defender for University of Toronto Varsity Blues, earning an OUA Bronze medal and the Leilani Devuono – “Love for Lacrosse” Memorial Award for athletic and academic success.

Megan is a teacher in the Peel District School Board and has been coaching at ROPSSAA and OFSAA level for 12 years. Along with the Guelph Gryphons program, Megan leads three lacrosse teams, all at varying levels of play, at Lorne Park Secondary School. She has a strong passion for the game and has devoted many years to her goal of growing the sport of Lacrosse and its community.


Leelah Wong - McMaster University

McMaster University head coach Michael Bottosso has assigned Leelah Wong to serve as the MapleStix coach this year. Leelah is an experienced midfielder and defender for McMaster. During her minor lacrosse career, she was instrumental in Beaches winning the U19-3 championship team in 2019. Her academic area is Environmental Sciences.


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