Our first year for our Girls Program in 2016 was a great success! Our two Youth/Middle school teams (2021/2022 and 2023/24) were 19-11 over three tournaments. Our U12 2023/24 team won two tournaments - the Santa Barbara Showdown and the Silicon Valley Shootout! And our 2021/22 team won the Silicon Valley Shootout as well.
Colleen Niklaus will continue to spearhead this program and be the Lead Coach. She was a star player for the UC Davis Women’s Lacrosse team, where she earned MVP honors, as well as played for the all-stars Northern California Nationals Tournament team to compete with the best in the nation back East. After college, she continued to play for Bay Area post-collegiate teams until finally devoting all her time to coaching. Colleen brings over 10 years of high school coaching experience to our coaching staff, including many years as Head Coach of San Francisco’s Saint Ignatius College Prep, who she led to a handful of #1 rankings in California.
We hope to continue build a very strong girls program - with an equal focus on talent development and operational excellence. We will add a U10 team and a HS Team in 2017. Girl's travel teams options are far more limited than for boys in the Bay Area, and we believe we can help address this great need. There is no need to travel an insane distance to practice and play on the third team in your travel team's age group, in order to develop to become a talented lacrosse player. We have a mature group of committed coaches, and a proven ability to run an outstanding travel lacrosse program - which we think means we can offer a great experience to the many girls looking to play the sport at a higher level.
2017 Tryouts will be on April 23 and 30th at Palo Alto High School Lacrosse Field. Teams from 2021 through 2026 class years (U10, U12, and U14) will be selected at these competitive tryouts. They will play this summer at the Pacific Lacrosse Festival in San Diego and the Oregon Lacrosse Classic in Bend Oregon. In the Fall they will play at the Santa Barbara Showdown in October and the Silicon Valley Shootout. High School Tryouts will also be at the same venue in May.
Stay tuned for more details.
Director, Girl's Programs