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Owners/Directors

Michelle Mason

Co-Owner, 2021 Head Coach, 2026 Co-Coach

Michelle Mason is the Head Coach of Division I, Iona College in New Rochelle, NY. She began the Snipers program under Top Side Lacrosse in February of 2012 to provide competitive lacrosse opportunities to players in Westchester County. In January of 2018, Mason officially took over ownership of the club with Catherine Conway, becoming Snipers Elite Lacrosse with an updated logo and color-scheme. In addition to her positions at Iona and Snipers Elite, Mason assists with training local youth and middle school programs throughout Westchester County. 

Mason enters her 9th season as head coach of the Iona College women's lacrosse program during the 2017-18 campaign.  She is the second-ever coach at Iona after being appointed to the position on Aug. 6, 2008.  Mason came to New Rochelle from Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire where she held the same position for two seasons.

After completing her fourth season in New Rochelle, Mason set a new single-season wins record, as the Gaels finished the 2012 season with a 9-7 record. The team picked up key victories over Big East member Cincinnati, Columbia, Long Island and an exhilarating five overtime win against Sacred Heart.

In 2016, Mason led Iona to its first ever Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship tournament birth, garnering a program tying nine wins in the regular season.  Iona hit their stride late in the season, winning four straight MAAC conference games to help propel themselves to a playoff berth.

During her time at Iona, Mason has mentored 11 All-MAAC First Team members, 14 All-MAAC Second Team and two MAAC All-Rookie Team selections including the 2013 MAAC Rookie of the Year Mary Kate McCormick, 2016 Co-Defensive Player of the Year Gabriella Di Domizio and the 2012 MAAC Tri-Defensive Player of the Year Stephanie Sumcizk.  Mason has also coached the Gaels to 13 MAAC Weekly honors including four MAAC Offensive Players of the Week, three Defensive Player of the Week and six Rookies of the Week.

Prior to her tenure at Iona, Mason was head coach of her alma mater Keene State. Mason led the Owls to two consecutive winning seasons including a 13-8 mark in 2008. She was 21-14 in her two seasons, the highest winning percentage of the program's five head coaches. In 2005, Mason served as an assistant coach before taking over the program.

As a player, Mason had no rivals as a record-breaking attacker for the Owls. A three-time All-LEC all-star, the Fairport, New York, native established Keene State career goal (202), assists (82), and point (284) records. She also rewrote the Keene State women's soccer record book during her four seasons as the Owls' starting goalie. Mason holds a Keene State women's soccer record for most wins (66) and saves (437) in a career. The Fairport, NY native led KSC to a pair of NCAA women's soccer tournament berths and was a four-time All-LEC and three-time All-New England honoree. A 2005 graduate of Keene State, Mason was inducted into the Keene State Hall-of-Fame in 2012.

Mason is a native of Fairport, NY where she was a standout three-sport athlete. She resides in Lake Peekskill, NY.

 


Catherine Conway

Co-Owner, 2019 & 2024 Head Coach

Conway is currently the Director of Athletics at School of the Holy Child in Rye, NY where she is also the Head Coach of the Varsity Lacrosse team, the 2017 NYSAISAA Champions.

Conway grew up in Sammamish, Washington and attended high school in Acton, MA where she was a three-sport varsity athlete (volleyball, track & field, lacrosse) at Acton-Boxborough RHS, class of 2008. She played club lacrosse for New England powerhouse MassElite, and took her playing career to Boston College. 

Conway had a successful four-year career as both a goalie and midfielder for Boston College. She was a member of the first-ever Eagles team to make the NCAA tournament in 2011. As a senior, Conway was awarded the Red Bandana #19 Award, in honor of 1999 BC grad Welles Crowther who passed in the 9/11 terror attacks, and is given to the student-athlete that shows both selflessness and sacrifice.  In addition to BC, she was a member of the U.S. Women's Lacrosse National Team practice squad.

She graduated from Boston College in 2012, and moved to New York to pursue her lacrosse-coaching career. After holding assistant coaching positions within the Division 1 programs of Manhattan College & Iona College, Conway shifted gears in 2015 to focus on youth and high school athletics in Westchester County. She worked heavily with the programs of Edgemont, Scarsdale, Rye & Larchmont/Mamaroneck.

In addition to these duties, Conway also serves as the Assistant Coach of the Irish Women's National Lacrosse team, and Sports Information Officer for Ireland Lacrosse. The "Girls in Green" finished 5th at the 2015 European Championships, and 13th at the 2017 World Cup. Ireland is looking to break into the top 4 at the 2019 European Championships, to be held in Netayna, Israel.


Coaching Staff

Stephanie Sumcizk

2020 & 2025 Head Coach

Sumcizk, a Long Island native, played for Syosset High School & storied club program, Long Island Yellow Jackets.  She came to Westchester County to play for Iona College, and hasn't looked back! Sumcizk finished career as a Gael being named MAAC Defensive Player of the Year and earning First Team All-MAAC honors. Off the field, Sumcizk earned multiple selections to the MAAC All-Academic team.  Upon graduation, she join the Iona coaching staff under Coach Mason. While coaching at Iona, Sumcizk was responsible for academic support, travel logistics, defensive strategy and recruiting.  

After Iona, Sumcizk moved on to high school lacrosse, first at Rye Neck, helping lead the Panthers to their first sectional appearance in program history. She moved up Boston Post Road to Rye and onto the staff of Holy Child. As assistant coach, she developed the defense and draw team, as well as managed the sub box during games. The 2017 season ended with the Gryphs winning the NYSAIS championship. For the 2018 season, Sumcizk will continue to be on staff at Holy Child as the Associate Head Coach, under the lead of Catherine Conway.

Sumcizk not only coaches on the high school level, but she has also been involved in multiple youth programs around Westchester County, working with Bronxville, Scarsdale, Larchmont/Mamaroneck, and is now currently coaching in Rye.


Alexis Di Domenico

2021 Head Coach

Alexis is from South Salem, NY and graduated from John Jay High School in 2004, where she was a 3-sport varsity athlete. She went on to play lacrosse at the University at Albany where she was a 4-year starter and 2004 MVP.

Upon graduating, she coached Women's Soccer and Women's Lacrosse at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute before heading out to Scotland where she spent three years developing the sport of lacrosse throughout the country.

While in Scotland, Alexis coached various teams including the Scotland U-19 team to the 2007 World Championship. She played and captained the Edinburgh Thistle club team while also playing for the Home Scots regional team and the Scotland Senior Women's National Team.

Since her return from the U.K., Alexis has taught and coached in a variety of schools. She is currently in her fifth year as a Physical Education Teacher and Head of Girls Lacrosse at Trinity School in New York City. She has built the Trinity girls lacrosse program to become a top ranked Ivy League team, and for the first time in twenty years, led them to an appearance in the NYSAIS State Final in 2016.

Alexis has been coaching with Snipers Elite since 2014. As a 2021 coach, she has truly enjoyed being witness to the vast development of each player over the years. Additionally, she has been grateful for and benefitted from the opportunity to work with other knowledgeable Snipers coaches with varying backgrounds and experiences.


Joey Raniolo

2027 Head Coach and 2023 Assistant Coach

Joey grew up in Yorktown, NY where he attended Yorktown High School and graduated in 2012.  He was a Captain his senior year at Yorktown and earned All-Section honors.  Joey then went on to play lacrosse at Springfield College in Springfield, MA.  He graduated from Springfield College in 2016 with a degree in Physical Education and received his Master's Degree from Springfield College in Athletic Administration in 2018.

Joey is currently a Physical Education teacher at School of the Holy Child in Rye, NY.  He has an array of coaching experiences coaching boys and girls at all different levels.  While receiving his Master's, Joey was a Volunteer Assistant for the Springfield College Men's Lacrosse Team in 2017.  While at Holy Child, Joey has coached JV Field Hockey, 5th/6th Grade Basketball, and JV Lacrosse.  Joey is the head coach of the 2027 Team and assists with the 2023 team.


Meghan Testoni

2020 Assistant Coach

Meghan Testoni, a native of Clinton, CT and a member of the Morgan School, was a two time All-State selection where she later went to play Division I lacrosse at Iona College.

Meghan was fortunate to be a four year starter in the midfield, All-MAAC Rookie Team her freshman year, and team most improved, All-MAAC Second Team her sophomore year, named co-team MVP junior and senior year, team captain her senior year as well as All-MAAC Academic team for 3 years. Currently she is 9th in program history for overall points as well as goals.

Upon graduation she enrolled in Manhattanville College to pursue a Master's Degree in Sports Business Management. At Manhattanville Meg was the Assistant Women's Lacrosse Coach of the Division III program for two years, where she assisted in getting the team to conference playoffs in 2017.

Meg began coaching Snipers prior to her senior year of college and has been with the 2020s ever since. She is humbled to be a part of such a wonderful team of hardworking players who strive to get better not only individually but as a team as well. In addition to coaching Snipers Elite, she coaches Rye Youth Lacrosse since her senior year of college and continues to help young players grow, she has been with her team since they were in 5th grade and is sad that this is her last season with them, though she is confident that if they would like to continue to play in high school, the sky is the limit.

In addition to coaching, Meg's full-time job is at Manhattanville College where she is Senior Admissions Counselor and Athletic Liaison. Even though college coaching is not her full time career, Meg feels that helping her Snipers pursue their college lacrosse dreams is extremely rewarding and allows her to stay involved with her passion. 


Louisa Polos

2021 Coach

Louisa Polos grew up in Katonah, NY and attended John Jay High School, graduating in 2004. She is currently teaching at School of the Holy Child and is excited to begin her first year as an assistant coach for the SHC varsity lacrosse program.

Louisa has coached all levels of high school and youth lacrosse, including both varsity and junior varsity teams at Sacred Heart Greenwich, coaching two varsity teams to the FAA championship game. She has also coached for John Jay Youth Lacrosse, Fox Lane Youth Lacrosse, and Moonlight Lacrosse.

Louisa played four years of varsity lacrosse at John Jay High School. She served as a two-time captain and was a two-time All-Section player. She also played varsity field hockey and varsity basketball for the Indians.

She graduated from Gettysburg College in 2008 with a B.A. in Political Science, earned her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Teaching from Fordham University in 2013, and last year graduated from Columbia University, Teachers College with a Master of Education in Private School Leadership.

She teaches middle school and upper school English at School of the Holy Child where she also coaches JV field hockey and JV basketball.

She is thrilled to be joining Snipers this summer because she absolutely loves lacrosse and looks forward working with our athletes as they hone their skills and work to become elite players.


Lindsey Ferris

2024 Coach, Young Guns Coach

Lindsey Ferris

Lindsey is currently a Physical Education teacher and the Assistant Athletic Director a Holy Child in Rye, NY. Lindsey has an array of coaching experiences in basketball, field hockey, lacrosse and track and field. She has coached a variety of ages through Rye Youth Lacrosse, New York Field Hockey Club as well as JV Lacrosse at Holy Child. 

Lindsey is a Westchester native, and attended Kennedy Catholic High School in Somers, NY where she was a four-sport varsity athlete. She played club lacrosse for Westchester Elite and went on to play field hockey at Springfield College, prior to transferring to the University of South Carolina, where she graduated in 2015. Lindsey just completed a Masters Degree this past May in School Counseling from New York University. 


Rachel Zurheide

2021 and 2026 Associate Head Coach


Erin Doolan

Erin is from Blauvelt, NY and graduated from Tappan Zee High School in 2005, where she was a 3-sport varsity athlete. She went on to play lacrosse at Springfield College, MA where she was a 4-year starter and captain for the 2009 and 2010 seasons. While at Springfield College, Erin was the ECAC Award Valor Recipient and received Maureen Curry-Rege Courageous Female Athlete Award.

Upon graduating, she stayed at Springfield College for her Master’s in Physical Education. Doolan served as the Graduate Assistant at Springfield College and helped recruit, coach, and taught undergraduate skill classes.

Erin has taught and coached at various schools and clubs. She is currently in her fourth year as a Physical Education teacher at The Hewitt School in New York City. Prior to teaching at The Hewitt School, Erin coached and taught at the School of the Holy Child in Rye, NY. When living in Massachusetts, she coached for Lax Plus Lacrosse Club.


Abi Jackson

2022 Head Coach and Co-Director of Events

Abigail Jackson returns for her 10th season as head coach of the Union College women's lacrosse program in 2020.

In her first nine seasons, Jackson has guided Union to a 74-66 record (.529), marking the second-most wins in program history.

In 2015, she guided the Dutchwomen to a 13-4 record, the Liberty League Tournament championship and a berth in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. In addition to earning Liberty League Coaching Staff of the Year honors, Jackson guided three players to IWLCA All-Region first-team recognition, including Liberty League Player of the Year Maggie Comiskey.

Jackson came to Union after two years at Roger Williams University, where she brought the women’s lacrosse team to its third consecutive TCCC Championship game in 2010, concluding the season with a 14-5 record and the second-highest season win total in school history.

Prior to RWU, Jackson served as head coach of the women’s lacrosse team at Plymouth State University for three seasons, compiling a record of 21-25 as coach of the Panthers. In her first season, she led the team to a 14-5 record, capturing the 2007 ECAC New England Championship.

Jackson is 2003 graduate of Williams College, where she was a three-sport athlete, competing on the women’s soccer, basketball, and lacrosse teams. She was a member of the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Division III runners-up in 2000 and a NCAA Regional finalist in 2003, while her women’s soccer team reached the NCAA Division III Final Four in 1999. After graduation, she spent the 2003-04 academic year as an assistant at her alma mater, coaching both the women’s soccer and women’s lacrosse teams.

From 2004-06, she served as graduate assistant at Trinity College for the Women’s Soccer and Women’s Basketball teams, specializing in opponent scouting, recruiting, and game day management for both teams. She completed her Master’s Degree in Public Policy at Trinity in 2016.

In June 2009, she served as the head coach for the Prague Cup Women’s Lacrosse team, a squad consisting of players from NCAA Divisions I, II, and III that competed against European teams.