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PUERTO RICO LACROSSE

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Coaches

 Women's Senior National Team

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Head Coach, Natalie Marie Bermudez

Natalie joins our mission to further advance lacrosse on the Island. With an overflow of women's lacrosse knowledge from the basics to advanced skills and strategy. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science. Her experience ranges from being a former collegiate player for Georgian Court University (1st to score 100 goals for the program, second team all region, and two time MVP), running youth clinics, being an active youth and girl's lacrosse official, and coaching at the collegiate level for Felician University. She has a passion to teach the sport, encourage educational opportunity, and improve personal and player development in a positive environment. She resides in Weehawken, New Jersey and is an active real estate professional for The Amy Burakovsky Team, Keller Williams in Short Hills, NJ. 

 
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Assistant Coach, Sophia Lugo

Currently entering her 6th season as an assistant varsity Girls Lacrosse coach at Evanston Township High School, a northern Chicago suburb. Prior to ETHS, Lugo coached at Lane Tech High School and other local elite level travel programs, while also focusing on youth development and growth in the Chicagoland area.

 

A 4 year starter and 3 year Captain for the Indiana University Women's Lacrosse Club, Lugo played Defense and Midfield. Also while serving as the Club's Treasurer, Secretary, and President. She graduated from Indiana University in 2011 with a B.S. in Sport Marketing & Management.  

 

Lugo currently resides in Chicago, Illinois and works in Customer Service and Sales. 

 

 Men's U21 National Team 

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U21 Head Coach, Shawn Mowry

Shawn Mowry joins our program as the U19 National Team Head Coach, to help spread the game throughout the Puerto Rican community. A native of Camillus, New York, Shawn played lacrosse at West Genesee High School, under the legendary Mike Messere. Shawn then went on to play collegiately at St. Joseph's University while earning a bachelor's degree in marketing. After college, he broke into the coaching scene as an assistant coach for Abington High School in Abington, PA. Since then, Shawn has held coaching roles with NXT Lacrosse Club in Philadelphia, Team Turnpike in Princeton and Mount Laurel Lacrosse in Mount Laurel, NJ. Shawn's passion is developing young lacrosse players to their maximum potential, on and off the field. Shawn currently works for Progressive Insurance and resides in Williamstown, NJ with his wife, Katie, and son, Brooks.

 
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U21 Asst. Head Coach, Matt Cassalia

Matt Cassalia grew up in Camillus, New York where he played high school lacrosse under the legendary coach Mike Messere at West Genesee High School. As a member of the Wildcats, he was a two-time All-American midfielder in 2002 and 2003 and won two state championships. Matt’s success led him to be a top 10 recruit in 2003 Inside Lacrosse rankings. He chose to attend Loyola University in Maryland and as a freshman, was a second line midfielder who also took face-offs. Matt holds the third-highest all-time faceoff percentage (61%) in a single season. After his freshman season, Matt transferred to Division II powerhouse Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY. In his first season in 2006, Matt was named an All-American as well as the National Midfielder of the Year in Division II, and the Le Moyne Dolphins went on to win the National championship. In the following 2007 season, he captained the team to its second consecutive National Championship while also earning All-American honors.

After graduating from Le Moyne College, Matt went on to play professionally for the San Francisco Dragons and Rochester Rattlers of Major League Lacrosse. Matt also decided to follow his passion and took on the position of assistant coach at Onondaga Central High School in 2009, where he helped the team reach their second-ever sectional playoff. He went on to coach at his alma mater Le Moyne College as a graduate assistant and assistant coach for eight seasons. In his time coaching at Le Moyne, Matt was a part of the 2013 and 2016 National Championship teams.

 Men's Senior PALA Qualifier Team 

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Mens Senior PALA Qualifier Head Coach Alec Jernstedt

Jernstedt joined the Grove City staff after serving two years as volunteer assistant at Duke University. In 2017, he helped the Blue Devils advance to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals and finish No. 7 nationally in the "Inside Lacrosse" top 25. Prior to Duke, Jernstedt worked for two seasons as volunteer assistant at the University of Delaware.

He earned three letters as a defensive and long stick midfielder at Division I Towson University from 2009 to 2012. Jernstedt helped Towson advance to the Colonial Athletic Association championship game in each of his first two seasons.

While a student at Towson, he earned Dean's List honors and was active in the Athletes In Action and P.A.W.S. (Proud Athletes Who Serve.) He graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics and geography.

A native of Wilsonville, Ore., Jernstedt started his coaching career as a head coach for the Rhino Lacrosse Club in Portland, Ore., from 2009 to 2012. He worked as a coach and marketing director for Next Level Lacrosse Club in Bethesda, Md. and also has volunteered as a coach for FCA Lacrosse at the US Lacrosse Under-15 World Championships in Orlando, Fla.

Jernstedt lives in Grove City with his wife, Kelly, and their daughter, Charlotte.

 

past coaching staff

 World Championships Coaching Staff-

2019 - Women's U19 Team  Natalie Bermudez, Sophia Lugo, Dee Ming, Dee Stephan

2018 - Men's Senior Team  Jeff Ramos, Andy Whitley, Kris Allenyne