Kristen Nicholson Moves to New Role with T3 Lacrosse as T3 West Regional Director

MORRISTOWN, New Jersey – T3 Lacrosse today announced the hiring of T3 Central Elite Head Coach Kristen Nicholson to the new role of T3 West Regional Director. In this role Nicholson will be overseeing the entire T3 West region, including programming, recruiting, and player development. Nicholson assumed her role on February 17, 2020. 

“I’m excited to support the region’s growth as the premier lacrosse club in Lehigh Valley,” said Nicholson. “I look forward to reinforcing the T3 mission of inspiring young lacrosse players to be self-confident, instill a strong work ethic, and help each of them develop into the complete athlete.” 

Nicholson, a Long Island native, comes from an extensive lacrosse background. As a collegiate player for Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham, she finished her career with 179 points, won MVP in the ECAC Championship, and received All-Conference honors. Nicholson returned to coach at her Alma Mater in 2012, and then stepped into the role of interim head coach for the Devils in the 2013 season, guiding the team to a MAC-Freedom Conference Championship title. Nicholson was named the head coach for Moravian College in 2014, tasked with instituting a new NCAA program for the 2015 season. She has since helped the Greyhounds become nationally competitive, leading the program to two Landmark Conference semi-final appearances and one ECAC semi-final appearance in her first four seasons. 

“We are extremely confident she will enhance the T3 experience for all families,” said T3 Elite Lacrosse Director, Kat Holley. “We are very excited to welcome such a knowledgeable, connected expert into this role and are confident that our families will appreciate all the value Kristen is bringing to our T3 team.” 

Nicholson takes on this new role with a lengthy history of coaching for T3 Lacrosse. After beginning her new role at Moravian College, she jumped in as a head coach for T3 West Elite. When her family moved to Hunterdon County, NJ, she began coaching for T3 Central Elite. With Nicholson’s widespread relationships in the Lehigh Valley area, returning to T3 West as the regional director will be a seamless transition.  

About T3 Lacrosse 

T3 Lacrosse is a premier educator of thousands of youth annually in the sport of lacrosse, offering specialized training, recreational leagues, elite-level club teams, and a variety of competitive events. From the grassroots level to college prep, T3 Lacrosse continues to serve as the premier educator for thousands of successful female lacrosse players. T3 is headquartered in Morristown, NJ with programs throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York. For more information, visit 


Top 3 Tips and Techniques to Prevent Injury 

At T3 Lacrosse, we are always looking for ways to help our athletes grow as athletes and individuals. We reached out to our partners at RWJ Performance Fitness for their latest athlete research.

In order to maintain or begin a more physically active lifestyle there are 3 tips and techniques that should be incorporated into your daily routine in order to prevent injury.  The top 3 tips and techniques include: proper hydration, adequate footwear, and flexibility. 

  1. Proper Hydration – Water is the largest component of the human body and equates to 45-70% of our total body weight.  Interestingly, muscle tissue is composed of 75% water whereas fat tissue is only composed of 20% water.  Therefore, you can see how dramatically hydration levels can affect your muscles and why water has the greatest effect on athletic/exercise performance compared to any other nutrient.  Dehydration can not only lead to decreased performance and injuries such as muscle strains or pulls, but also serious health complications such as heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and even death.  The best guideline is to not rely on thirst alone and to drink approximately half of your body weight a day in ounces.  For example, a 200 lbs. man should drink 100 oz. of water per day.  Fluid intake guidelines may also increase due to the length and type of activity, heat, etc. 
  1. Adequate Footwear – Wearing adequate footwear for your activity is extremely important.  Not only should the type of footwear be appropriate for and match the activity, but footwear should also be periodically examined for wear and tear.  Footwear should be replaced approximately every 6 months (or every 300-400 miles) or if you notice any loss of tread along the bottom of the shoe.  Other signs that your footwear may need replacing are the development of any muscle fatigue, shin splints, knee or other joint pain.  Additional tests such as the Mid-Sole or Twist test can also be useful to determine if your footwear is providing the proper cushioning and support your activity requires. 
  1. Flexibility – By definition flexibility is the normal extensibility of all soft tissues that allows full range of motion of a joint and optimum neuromuscular efficiency throughout all functional movements.  In simple terms flexibility is what allows our joints to move freely through their full motion to produce movement of our body (squatting down to tie your shoe or reaching up to grab an object off a shelf).  Flexibility can include dynamic and static stretching and when performed regularly can reduce your risk of injury by helping improve posture, correct existing muscle imbalances and joint dysfunctions, and prevent the future development of muscle imbalances.  

If you are already an active individual or are looking to become more physically active in the future incorporate these 3 top tips and techniques to prevent injury into your routine and keep yourself performing at the highest level possible  and without the aches, pains, and complaints. 

More About The Author: Katie Reynolds, MS, ATC, CSCS, CES

She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh in Rehabilitation Science with a Concentration in Athletic Training and a Master’s degree in Sports Medicine from the University of Florida.  She also holds an advanced specialization from the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Corrective Exercise Specialist.


Alumna Spotlight: Maddie Birch – From T3 Shore to University of Louisville

Maddie Birch started her lacrosse career with T3 Shore Elite in 2015.  Now a junior defender at the University of Louisville, majoring in Communications, Maddie is excelling on and off the field. She took home three prestigious collegiate awards from her Sophomore season: the University of Louisville  Women’s Lacrosse Defensive Player Of The Year, the University of Louisville Iron Cardinal Award for strength, speed and agility, and was named to the All-ACC Academic Women’s Lacrosse Team.

During Maddie’s Sophomore year she started and played in all 18 games. She tied for team-lead and ranked 7th in the ACC with 37 ground balls. Her 2.06 ground balls per game also ranked 7th in the ACC. She led the ACC and ranked 55th in the nation with 1.50 caused turnovers-per game and also ranked 7th all-time at the University of Louisville in a single season. Her 27 caused turnovers tied her for 2nd in the ACC and tied her for 5th all-time in the history of the University of Louisville program.












Maddie is a successful athlete as well as a dedicated student. She finished Sophomore year with a 3.8 GPA and was named to the AD Honor Roll, Dean’s list and was named a Red and Black Scholar as well. In her summers, Maddie coaches for T3 Elite when she returns home to Wall Township, NJ during her break. T3 is so happy for Maddie and all of her success and looks forward to another great season.

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T3 Shore Lacrosse Welcomes 2X All-American Tatum Coffey To Coaching Staff

T3 Lacrosse is extremely excited to welcome back Tatum Coffey to our coaching staff for the 2019-2020 year. Coffey is an alumna from the T3 Shore 2011 squad. After Coffey finished an impressive High School career with 517 points and with honors including Lacrosse Magazine’s Top Performer of 2011, 2X First Team All-American, 2x Academic All-American, 2x First Team All-State and 2x Shore Conference Player of the Year, she took her talents to Penn State.

At Penn State Coffey started her career as the only freshman in the nation to be named to an IWLCA All-America team (third team).  She earned IWLCA All-West/Midwest First Team and All-ALC Second Team honors, as well as many player of the week honors. In the coming years she was named CoSIDA Academic All-American and was placed on the Tewaarton watch list. Coffey concluded her senior year making IWLCA All-Region First Team and IWLCA All-American Third Team. Coffey was a large contributor in Penn State’s first ever Big Ten win. She received All-Big Ten Team and Big Ten All-Tournament Team honors.

Outside of college lacrosse, Coffey helped lead the U.S. National U19 Team to a gold medal at the 2011 FIL U19 World Championships and was named player of the match in the gold medal game. She also trained with the USA Women’s Senior Team for two years. Coffey also played for the Long Island Sound in the inaugural season of the United Women’s Lacrosse League in 2016 and won the first ever championship with the Sound.

Coffey brings a wealth of experience and skill to the T3 Family. Welcome to the team!


T3 Lacrosse Members Stand Out Amongst International Lacrosse Competition

The beginning of August was an exciting time for a handful of members in our T3 Elite family. From August 1st-10th, Lindsay Mazzucco (T3 North 2021 Black), Sarah Cedarstrand (T3 North 2018 Black and T3 Intern), Jula Tully (T3 Central 2019), Tiana Vazquez (T3 Cobra 2023 Assistant Coach), Jen Marrosu (Former T3 North Regional Director) and Gemini Fan (LGS Events Summer Tournament Assistant) participated in the 2019 U19 World Lacrosse Championships in Peterborough, Canada. Mazzucco, Cederstrand and Vasquz competed for the undefeated Puerto Rico squad, while Tully played for Ireland and Marrosu and Fan were on the coaching staff for Hong Kong.

Our ladies blew up the stat sheet:

Lindsay Mazzucco: 40 saves, 51% save percentage, 2 caused turnovers, 9 loose balls

Sarah Cedarstrand: 1 goal, 2 assists, 1 draw control, 3 caused turnovers, 10 loose balls and 1 clear

Tiana Vazquez: 10 goals, 4 assists, 10 draw controls, 4 caused turnovers, 7 loose balls

Jula Tully: 40 saves, 52% save percentage, 5 loose balls

Click here f0r more results and statistics

We spoke with our T3 Elite athletes to discuss their experience playing in the World Championships. Cedarstrand noted that it was incredible being able to “gain a new group of sisters and unforgettable memories”. She also gave us her favorite moment from the tournament. “My favorite moment of the tournament was beating the Haudenosaunee for the second time and going 8-0 to break a world record.” Mazzucco reflected on this opportunity to compete on the world stage. “It was an incredible feeling to be able to play with the players from all over the world. We felt so special to be able to represent Puerto Rico and the game that we love. It was a great learning experience to play at such a high level of talent. I certainly became a better teammate and athlete.”

Tully discussed the comradery amongst the competing countries. “I loved that after each game the countries we played still always had a level of respect for us and vice versa everywhere we went.” When discussing T3 Lacrosse, Cedarstrand and Mazzucco were on the same page. They both agreed that their experience with T3 helped them form tight bonds with their teammates and coaches, gave them a strong support system, and surrounded them with players who were committed to succeeding in lacrosse. 


Good luck to Vazquez and Tully in their first year playing for Hartford and Muhlenberg, as well as returning Sophomore, Cedarstand at Rutgers University!


T3 Lacrosse Announces Addition of Accomplished Coach Alison Fisher As Director of Coaching and Player Development

T3 Lacrosse is excited to welcome new Director of Coaching and Player Development, Alison Fisher. She will be a strong asset to the T3 staff with 18 years of collegiate Division I coaching experience, 11 years as a head coach and 7 as an assistant coach. 

Fisher was a 4 year starter in both lacrosse and field hockey at Lafayette College. She helped her lacrosse team win 3 Patriot League championships and her field hockey team win 1. She was also a 3 time Academic All-American and the Patriot League Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Lafayette Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2001.

As the head coach at Lafayette College, Fisher transitioned the program from a non scholarship program to a fully funded scholarship program. During this time she brought her team to 2 Patriot League tournaments and had players with many honors including 4 Patriot League Players of the Year, 20 All Patriot League Selections, 6 Regional All Americans and 10 All Patriot League Academic Team Selections. Fisher has also chaired the IWLCA National All American Committee and the IWLCA Mid Atlantic Region All American Committee and acted as an NCAA Regional Representative for the Patriot League. 

Before becoming the head coach at Lafayette, Fisher was a graduate assistant at the University of Delaware and assistant coach at both Princeton University and LaSalle University. During her time at Princeton, under Hall of Fame Coach Chris Sailer, Fisher helped guide the Tigers to qualify for the NCAA Tournament each season and become NCAA Runner Up. As well, she lead her athletes to several honors including 8 All-Americans, 3 Ivy League Rookie of the Year selections and 3 Ivy League Player of the Year honorees. 

Fisher has extensive experience in program management, student athlete mentoring, recruiting, player development, event planning, on field coaching and game preparation at all levels. With a plethora of collegiate coaching and recruiting experience, Fisher knows what it takes to compete at that level and how to mentor athletes to achieve their goals. 

T3 Lacrosse prides ourselves on having a strong dedicated staff with the experience and knowhow to take our players to the next level.
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Introducing New T3 United Regional Director Patra Acquaviva

T3 Lacrosse is excited to welcome Patra Acquaviva to the T3 family as the T3 United Regional Director.   Patra comes from a strong coaching background as well as an educational background in sports science. After graduating from Rutgers University with her Bachelors in Exercise Science and Psychology, she completed her Masters in Exercise Science with a focus in Injury Prevention and Performance Enhancement. While at Rutgers University, Patra played Division I lacrosse for the Scarlet Knights.  Patra has over 13 years of club coaching experience and 6 years of High School Varsity coaching experience.  She was most recently the Director of Lacrosse at Mad Dog. As the head coach at Freehold Township High School, she was voted the 2017 Shore Conference coach of the year and 2018 A-North Divison coach of the year. Patra is the owner and operator of the strength and conditioning and lacrosse training program, Limitless. She is an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist with over ten years of training experience. Using both her strength and conditioning and lacrosse backgrounds, Patra runs programs that are geared towards developing the athlete as a whole and taking their play to the next level.

For more information regarding T3 United please visit our regional website at


Dozens Of Post Season Honors For T3 Elite Lacrosse Members

Our T3 Elite Lacrosse players have taken numorous high school post-season honors this season.  We are so proud of all of our players! Good luck to our seniors moving on to compete in the NCAA next year! Check out our 2019 commitments here.  Find the list of all of our award winners below and congratulations!


All State Honors

Second Team:

Lauren Kaye (North)

Tai Jankowski (North)

Third Team:

Mackenzie Boyle (Shore)

Janie Cowley (Shore)

Grace Jamin (Shore)

All Group Honors

Group 1

First Team:

Olivia Lai (N 2019 Black)

Second Team:

Ryan Malfa (Shore)

Cathleen Parker (N 2019 Black)

Meghan Decker (N 2019 Black)

Olivia Genovese (N 2020 Black)

Third Team:

Kaitlyn Cumiskey (N 2020 Black)

Kate Carolonza (Shore)

Group 2

First Team:

Lauren Kaye (North)

Janie Cowley (Shore)

Mackenzie Boyle (Shore)

Grace Jamin (Shore)

Jula Tully (Central)

Second Team:

Chase Boyle (Shore)

Lindsay Mazzucco (Shore)

Jenna Harms (Shore)

Avery O’Connell (Shore)

Third Team:

Cassie James (Shore)

Jordan Johnson (Shore)

Abi George (Shore)

Morgan Bartlett (Shore)

Maddy Stoddard (Shore)

Group 3

Third Team:

Meghan Murray (Shore)

Nicole Burney (Shore)

Group 4

First Team:

Tai Jankowski (North)

Danielle Livornese (Central)

Third Team:

Kalie Moore (North)

Lizzy Escudero (North)

All Conference Honors

Skyland Conference

Player of the Year: Tai Jankowski (North)

First Team:

Meghan Pedrani (North)

Delaware Division

Hunterdon County Player of the Year: Danielle Livornese (Central)

First Team:

Tai Jankowski (North)

Lizzy Escudero (North)

Danielle Livornese (Central)

Olivia Lai (North)

Cathleen Parker (North)

Kya Risher, Hillsborough (North)

Lisa Ross, Hillsborough (North)

Second Team:

Bella Steer (Central)

Madison Bray (North)

Kalie Moore (North)

Lauren Sullivan (North)

Elizabeth Stevenson (Central)

Raritan Division

First Team:

Bailey Aaron(North)

Olivia Pikiell, (North)

Abby Cawley, (North)

Annie Thomas, (North)

Bridget Cawley, (North)

Katie Fullowan, (North)

Meghan Decker, (North)

Second Team:

Emily Schmitt (North)

Kate Pesarchick (North)

Olivia Genovese (North)

Kate Ducoff (North)

Jenna McHale (North)

Kelsey Klein (North)

Anna Gonella (North)

Valley Division

First Team:

Gigi Cascio (North)

Gillian Cascio (North)

Meghan Pedrani (North)

Lauren Garcia (North)

Lexi Yates (North)

Kellyn Bucceri (North)

Emma Evanko (North)

Cate Evanko (North)

Second Team:

Hayley Armstrong, Gill St. Bernard’s

Lila Mortensen (Central)

Freedom Conference

Player of the Year: Lauren Kaye (North)

North Division

First Team

Sarah Miller, West Morris

Kaylen Summer, Mount Olive

Madison Maguire, Pope John

Second Team

Madison Palumbo, Mount Olive

Emma Philip, West Morris

Shore Conference

Player of the Year: Janie Cowley (Shore)

First Team

Morgan Barltett – Ocean

Jordan Johnson – RFH

Jenna Harms – Manasquan

Janie Cowley – Manasquan

Chase Boyle – RFH

Kate Montalto – Manasquan

Cassie James – RFH

Lyndsey Mazzucco – RBC

Mack Boyle – RBC

Gracie Garguilo – RBC

Meghan Murray – Red Bank Regional

A- Central Division

First Team

Mackenzie Boyle (Shore)

Janie Cowley, Manasquan

Lindsday Mazzucco (Shore)

Second Team

Ryan Malfa (Shore)


First Team

Selena Carrington, Toms River North


First Team

Sophia Passalaqua, Rumson-Fair Haven

Chase Boyle, Rumson-Fair Haven

Grace Jamin, Rumson-Fair Haven

Second Team

Ava Poupard, Rumson-Fair Haven

Greater Middlesex Conference

First Team

Alexis Rich (North)

Katherine Manley (North)

Independence Conference

South Division

Second Team

Erica Schug

Hailey Kinard

Morris County

First Team

Jula Tully (Central)





Tournament Season Is Here, Are You Ready?

Summertime and the Laxin’ is Easy! Tournament season has arrived and will fly by before you know it.  In order to make the most of your time on and off the field, T3 Lacrosse Recruiting Coordinator Suzie Friedrich has put together her tips and tricks for a successful summer season.
1. Get those emails written at the beginning of the week so you’re not doing it last minute. College coaches appreciate emails early so they can plan their weekend (which fields to go to and who they’re watching).  As the week goes on, your focus should be on your game and not in the fact that your procrastination is looming over your head!
2. Socks. Extra socks. You will play better if your feet are comfortable.  You never know what the weather is going to do or what condition the fields might be in. If you have a pair dry socks to put on for each game, your feet will thank you later!  If your shoes are wet, shove a few newspaper pages into each one and leave them over night. The newspaper draws the water out and you’ll be good to go in the morning.
3. Get out of your comfort zone and meet some new people. When you walk onto the field, introduce yourself to your opponent. Maybe ask her where she goes to school, what colleges she’s interested in, etc. The lacrosse world is small…you might end up seeing her at a camp, playing against her in another tournament, realize you have mutual friends, or maybe even play together in college someday! You will also know her name so when her teammates say it, you’ll be ready to defend her!
4. Learn something interesting about each person on your team. Now don’t try to do this all in the first weekend! During your off time, spend it with someone on your team you don’t know all that well. Ask fun questions. The team that knows each other well and has great chemistry will usually win. (Hint…put your phones away every now and then and just enjoy the moments)
5. Shake it off and move on to the next play. You might feel like you’re under pressure to be perfect in front of college coaches.  NEWS FLASH! You’re not perfect! If something doesn’t go your way, let it go and move on to the next play. Coaches like to see how you react after a bad call or a mistake. If you can move on and attack the next moment, you’ll get bonus points.
6. Say thank you. Thank those who are giving you this awesome opportunity. Your parents, your coaches, a sibling that got dragged kicking and screaming to your games.  An attitude of gratitude!
7. Have fun! Nothing better than laxin’ with your friends all summer. Work hard, play hard!

Meet The Author- Suzie Friedrich

Suzie Friedrich spent her collegiate lacrosse career at Penn State.  She then went on to play for the US Lacrosse Team for 2 years. Suzie taught health and physical education for 15 years in Collingswood and Morristown, New Jersey and also in Baltimore, MD.  After that, she was the head soccer and lacrosse coach at Washington College for 5 years.  For the next 8 years she went on to be the first assistant and defensive coordinator at Cornell University. In 2016 Suzie was named the IWLCA Division 1 Assistant Coach of the Year.  Suzie is now one of T3 Lacrosse’s Recruiting Coordinators, working with our North region to place T3 Elite athletes in the NCAA.


65 T3 Alumni Competed In The NCAA This Season

The NCAA season is all said and done.  Congratulations to our 65 T3 Alumni that competed this year across divisions I, II and III!  We would like to recognize 12 players and 1 coach who have received outstanding honors from the NCAA.  Great job ladies and congratulations to all of our seniors who have graduated!

See who is committed for next season on our website!

Callie Dewitt- Bucknell
All-Patriot League Second Team
Academic All-Patriot League Team
Sophie Bass- Albright
All MAC Commonwealth First Team
All-ECAC Division III Women’s Lacrosse Second team
IWLCA Division III All-Star Game
Elizabeth Behrins- Denver
All Big East First Team
Emily Kitchin- Franklin & Marshall
IWCLA Division III First Team All-Metro Region Team
Bea Behrins- Denver
BIG EAST Tournament Team
Chelsea Orbin- Montclair
IWLCA Division III Boardwalk All-Region Second Team
All NJAC First Team
Megan Gianforte- Richmond
All A-10 Second Team
Michelle Pascrell-Stockton
NJAC Honorable Mention
Brittany Bruno- Villanova
BIG EAST All-Conference Second Team
Named to 2019 BIG EAST All-Tournament Team
Kathleen Jaeger-TCNJ
IWLCA Division III All-Star Game
All NJAC Second-Team
Paige Petty- Virginia Tech
Second consecutive All ACC First Team selection
IWLCA Division I All- South Region Second Team
West 2021 Coach Rachel Smith- Desales
MAC Freedom Women’s Lacrosse Coach of the Year
Lauren Britton-Bryant
All NEC Second Team