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Boston College Head Coach 2005-2015

Yale Head Coach 1999-2005

Ainslee Lamb joined the NEE staff in the summer of 2015. A resume too long to include on one page, Ainslee brings over two decades of Division I coaching experience, including over 16 as a head coach. Ainslee coached at the collegiate level from 2005-15 as the head coach at Boston College. Prior to her time in Chestnut Hill, Lamb held the top position at Yale from 1999-2005.

With Ainslee at the BC’s helm, the Eagles posted winning seasons each year, including every season while playing in the ACC. Under Lamb's tutelage, the Eagles were 121-75 and made four trips to the NCAA Tournament (2005, 2009, 2013 and 2014). She has coached 20 players to 33 All-America honors and 10 student-athletes to 15 All-Atlantic Coast Conference recognition. The Eagles also gained their highest-ever national ranking - No. 4 - under Lamb, and were a consistent Top 10 program under her direction.

Four of Lamb's student-athletes earned ACC Postgraduate Scholarships, two were named BC Eagle of the Year and one was honored as the ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year (Janna Anctil!).

Prior to her head coaching experience, she served as an assistant coach at Yale from 1997-99 and spent three years at UMass as an assistant and a graduate assistant. She serves on the NFHCA Executive Board as the second vice president. She is also certified in the United States Field Hockey Association as a coach on many levels.

Lamb also brings a wealth of experience as a player, having played for the Canadian National Team from 1987-92, competing in the Four Nations Tournament, Junior World Cup, World Cup, and Olympic qualifying tournament. She had successful collegiate careers at University of Toronto and UMass. In 1992, she led UMass to the final four and earned Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Year honors.

Boston University '17
NorthEast Elite Class of 2013 
U.S. Women’s National Development Squad: 2017 - Present

UMass Lowell Assistant Coach: 2018 - Present
Merrimack College Assistant Coach: 2017 - 2018

After a successful NEE career, Taylor spent her collegiate tenure as a forward on the Boston University field hockey team. Helping to lead her team to back-to-back Patriot League Championships, she totaled 47 career points with 16 goals and 15 assists in 80 games played. She was named to the Patriot League All-Conference Team in 2015 and 2016, in addition to earning All-Region honors as a junior and senior.

On top of these accolades during her senior campaign, Taylor was named to the Patriot League All-Tournament Team and finished third on the team in points with 15 on four goals and a team-best seven assists. Her assist total senior year was tied for first among Patriot League players. Clearly a selfless player, Taylor was the BUFHA Spirit Award winner her senior year, an award that coach Erin Calamari won at BU, keeping it in the NEE family.

Continuing her playing career, Blood was named to the U.S. National Women's Development Team in January 2017. With the potential promising, the U.S. Women’s National Development Squad accounts for the transitional phase between the U-21 USWNT and the senior US Women’s National Olympic Team. As part of this squad, she had the opportunity to compete internationally against the Chilean National Team in May 2018.

Coaching Highlights:

Right out of college, Taylor was named the first assistant at Merrimack College. At Merrimack in 2017-18, Blood helped six team members garner All-Conference nods during her season with the Warriors, including one Synapse Division II All-America selection. Following this successful career start, in 2018 Taylor moved into a Division I coaching role with UMass Lowell.

Where was Taylor in High School?

In addition to a number of NEE accolades, Taylor helped Winnacunnet claim two state titles (2010, 2011) before finishing as state runner-up as a senior. Taylor was a Division I All-State First Team selection and Union Leader All-State selection in both 2011 and 2012. Her senior year she was also the Seacoast Player of the Year, welcoming the team MVP award both her Junior and Senior seasons. Taylor was a two-sport captain of both her field hockey and track & field teams.

UMass Amherst '09

UMass Amherst Assistant Coach: 2009 - 2011

In her four years at UMass, Kate played in 81 games with 24 career goals and 11 assists. Starting her career, Kate was named Atlantic-10 All-Rookie team in 2005 with five goals and two assists on the year. In 2008, Kate ended her career on a high note. The forward started all 22 games for UMass, as the top goal scorer, she brought the team to its second straight conference title and a berth in the NCAA tournament. She took home individual accolades as she led the A-10 in goals, points, and goals per game and was named the conference's offensive most valuable player. She was also named a regional All-American by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association as a senior.

Coaching Highlights:

Following a highly accoladed playing career, Kate stepped over the lines and became an assistant coach at UMass Amherst from Spring of 2009 to 2011. Kate coached under the tutelage of Justine Sowry, and in 2010 Kate led UMass to another A-10 championship and NCAA birth. Kate is currently a middle school teacher full time and coaches all NEE clinics and tournament training throughout the year.

Where was Kate in High School?

A three-year letter winner for at Manchester-Essex High School, Kate Posted 18 goals and 20 assists as a senior and 46 goals and 43 assists over her three-year varsity career. In Manchester-Essex she led the team to three Cape Ann League championships as a Three-time Cape Ann League All-Star, Two-time All-League, Boston Herald All-Scholastic and One of the "Best of 60 In Massachusetts" as a senior as well a two-time Team MVP recipient. A three-sport varsity athlete, she also played three years of varsity basketball, where she was a shooting guard and was a five-year member of the softball team as a second baseman and shortstop.

Boston University '07

The Windsor School Head Coach 2009 - Present

Since the inception of NEE, Erin has coached indoor, fall, spring, and our summer series. Erin comes to NEE following a standout career at Boston University.

At BU, Erin led her team not only as a key defender for the Terriers, but as a two-year captain for the squad as well. Erin boasts the full package at BU- a star on the field, incredible leadership skills, and also numerous appearances on the NFHCA DI National Academic Squad (2003-2006) and the America East Academic Squad (2002-2006).

After starting 64 of the 74 games with BU, Erin earned herself America East Player of the Week in 2006, while gaining two births into the NCAA tournament in 2005 and 2006. Paving the way in 2005 and 2006, Calamari was an essential factor in Boston University’s back-to-back America East Championships. Erin was named to the America East All-Tournament Team in her final year, the perfect ending to an outstanding senior campaign!

For those who have been coached by Erin, it comes as absolutely no surprise to us that she was also the recipient of BU Field Hockey’s Spirit Award for three straight years, 2002, 2003, and 2005.

Coaching Highlights:

For the past several years, Erin has brought her passion for the game into the high school world. Assisting at the Winsor School in Boston, MA for two years, Erin was named head coach of the program in 2009 where she has transformed the program into a top Class C team in the region.

Erin has also coached and mentored at numerous summer field hockey camps including the Elite Field Hockey Camp hosted at Bentley University as well as The G&G Camp hosted at Winsor.

Where was Erin in High School?

A native of Chester, Connecticut, Erin was also a stand-out high school athlete as well. At Valley Regional High School, Calamari graduated as team MVP in 2001, first team All-Shoreline League and First Team All-State in 2000 and 2001. As a high school player, Erin tore things up as an attacker and won her team’s Best Offensive Player in 2000. Aside from her 2-year involvement with the Futures program, Erin was also an active club field hockey member for 3 years, competing in various events such as The National Festival and National Indoor Tournament with Tsunami Field Hockey.

Boston College '11

Rivers School Head Coach: 2014 - Present
UMass Lowell Assistant Coach: 2013 - 2014
Stonehill Assistant Coach: 2011 - 2013

Janna is a 2011 graduate from Boston College where she was an influential and integral member of the Eagles. While at BC, Janna finished her career as BC’s 5th all-time in career points. As a junior and senior she was named a Regional All-American, denoting her as one of the top forwards in the Northeast. As a senior, she was named ACC player of the week, and ACC all-tournament team.

Getting it done in the classroom as well, Anctil was named ACC scholar-athlete of the year it hat season as well. In her team’s final banquet, Janna was honored with the Coaches award. Throughout her career, Janna was a three-time All ACC Academic Team member and was given the Athletics Director Award for Academic Achievement as well as two-time placement on the National Academic Squad.

Coaching Highlights:

Immediately after graduation, Janna accepted an assistant coaching position at Stonehill College for both Women’s field hockey and lacrosse. Janna helped lead the Skyhawks to the NE-10 Tournament both years.

Following a successful two years at Stonehill, Janna was offered the opportunity to coach at the Division I level where she joined the UMass Lowell coaching staff. In her tenure at UMass Lowell, Janna was a part of a transforming time for the program, as UMass Lowell moved from Division II to compete in the America East at the Division I level. 

In 2014, Janna found her true passion developing student-athletes at the high school level and took over as the head coach at The Rivers School, a NEPSAC prep school in Weston where she led the Red Wings to consecutive NEPSAC Championships. Janna's success at Rivers moved the program from a Class C to a Class B program within two years. Janna also works full time as the Director of the Annual Fund.

Where was Janna in High School?

Janna was a four-year varsity starter at The Brewster School. While at Brewster, Janna was named MVP for her team all four years. Anctil served as a captain sophomore, junior and senior year. Janna left Brewster with 75 career goals. She was honored as a NEPSAC All-Star selection all four years and a Penn-Monto All-Star selection her senior year. Janna was also a participant of the National Futures Program from 2004 -07. She had the opportunity to be on Junior Olympic participant in 2004-05 and in 2004 was honored to be a member of the Under-16 National Team. She also took part in Futures Elite and Junior National Camp.

UMass Lowell '12

Bryant University Assistant Coach: 2018 - Present
Central Michigan University Assistant Coach: 2016 - 2018

Colby Assistant Coach: 2012 - 2016

A highly productive defender turned mid-fielder, Hansbury was a fixture in the River Hawks' lineup for all four seasons of her playing career. Annie was a vital member of an undefeated 24-0 National Championship team in 2010. In 2008, 2009, and 2011- the Riverhawks were runner up in the National Championship games, a beyond impressive 4-year stint at UML for Hansbury.

Following a 2008 All-Rookie season, Annie is a two-time National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-American, earning First Team honors in 2010 and Second Team honors in 2011. A two-time Northeast-10 All-Conference selection as well, Hansbury appeared in 81 matches and totaled 33 points on five goals and 23 assists.

During the River Hawks' 2010 National Championship campaign, she scored 17 points and potted the opening goal in the 6-1 win over Stonehill in the Northeast-10 Championship. It was certainly no surprise that Annie lead and captained her team for her final 2011 season.

Coaching Highlights:

Annie has had an exceptional start to her coaching career, working her way from an assistant coach at the D3 level, to a first assistant at the D1 level. She has done it all at the collegiate coaching level -  assisted in running the day to day operations of the program, including game day operation, practice organization, scouting, recruiting and more.

In 2012, Hansbury was hired as the assistant field hockey coach at Colby College in Maine, where she spent four seasons helping the Mules to a 31-29 record. Following Colby, Annie was named the assistant coach at Central Michigan University where she spent two years as the first assistant.

Annie was named the first assistant at Bryant University in 2018, where she intends to be a big part of the growth of the Bryant program.

Where was Annie in High School?

Annie was a four-year varsity starter Timberlane Regional High School, NH. Hansbury was named Best Defensive Player in 2006 and Team Co-Most Valuable Player in 2007. She adds an Eagle-Tribune All-Star nod in 2007. Hansbury captained Timberlane her junior and senior seasons.

University of New Hampshire '18

Tyngsboro High Head Coach 2018 - Present

Gianna joins NEE as a head coach, following a successful four year starting career at University of New Hampshire. Gianna was a midfielder all four years for the Wildcats, where she started 78 of the 79 games played those four seasons.

Gianna came out strong for UNH, earning a spot on the America East All-Rookie Team following her Freshman year campaign. She also earned an All-Conference Team nod her junior year, culminating with a career leading senior season. Named a captain her senior year, Bensaia earned 2017 America East East Division All-Conference Team accolades on top of an All-Championship Team performance. Throughout this year, she tallied an impressive 3 game winning goals.

Gianna was not shy to an array of awards off the field as well. Graduating with a BS in physical education and a Masters in education, Bensaia earned numbers academic accolades: America East Academic Honor Roll (2013, 2014, 2015), America East Commissioner's Honor Roll (2017), and National Academic Squad (2018).

Coaching Highlights:

Right out of college, Gianna was named the head coach for Tyngsboro High where she is a full-time Physical Education teacher. Gianna has also coached at dozens of summer field hockey camps, always looking for an opportunity to give back to the field hockey community. Gianna’s coaching future is sure to be bright, as she is an incredible mentor for athletes of all ages.

Where was Gianna in High School?

Gianna comes from one of the most storied High School field hockey programs in the country - Lakeland High School, NY. On the US circuit, Gianna competed for the USA Field Hockey U17 squad ultimately making the USAFH U17 Jr. National Team in 2012.

During Gianna’s 4 years at Lakeland, she led the team to four consecutive Class B state championship. She was a consistent pick for postseason awards as she racked up 3 All-State selections, 3 All-Conference Honors, All-America Regional Team, and finisher her career as a Second Team All-American.

University of New Hampshire '15

Tarbell played four years at the University of New Hampshire, starting every game in goal her Sophomore to Senior season. Carlie was part of a UNH team that won America East Titles in 2011, 2012 & 2013. As a junior and senior she was named a Regional All-American, denoting her as one of the top Goalies in the Northeast.

Carlie finished her career with America East Goalkeeper of the Year and All-Conference First Team honors. Not only do Carlie’s numbers and playing time showcase her as an elite level player, but Tarbell was also named captain for her senior campaign and to the NFHCA All-Academic Squad for 4 years straight.

Carlie received awards off the field as well - UNH’s “Freshman Award”, given to the athlete who (voted on by the team) demonstrates the highest level of work ethic, selflessness, and dedication to the team. The Donna Lynne Scholarship Award, which goes to an athlete that makes a substantial contribution to the team through athletic and leadership abilities her junior year, and The Community Involvement Award given to the top UNH athlete who gives the most back to the surrounding community her senior year.

Coaching Highlights:

Carlie is currently a volunteer goalie coach for Harvard University and a full-time event manager for 3Step Sports, where she works alongside Ainslee Lamb coordinating Shooting Star Tournaments, College Connection Showcases, and Elite Field Hockey team camps.

Where was Carlie in High School?

Carlie is a 2011 graduate of The Rivers School, where she lettered in field hockey, ice hockey, and softball; was a two-time captain in both field hockey and softball; in softball, garnered ISL All-League First Team recognition twice; NFHCA High School All-Region Team (2009 and 2010); Independent School League MVP in ‘10; recorded a 0.60 GAA, .904 save percentage and 10 shutouts in 20 games that year as a senior; Boston Globe All-Scholastic Team in ‘10; ISL All-League First Team in ‘08, ‘09 and ‘10. 

UMass Lowell '18

NorthEast Elite Class of 2014

In goal for UMass Lowell, coming from a successful high school and club campaign, Kelsey had an impressive career right out of the gate. Kelsey Started 50 of 57 career games while logging an impressive 384 career saves for a .718 save percentage.

She ranks sixth in program history for saves and sixth for minutes (3662:20) tied for ninth in career wins (16). She was a three-time America East Defensive Player of the Week winner and member of the 2014 America East All-Rookie Team.

In the classroom, Kelsey is a NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad and Scholar of Distinction honoree, four-time member of the America East Fall Honor Roll and member of the 2016 America East All-Academic Team.

Where was Kelsey in High School?

2012 Division II NHIAA State Finalists…2013 Division II NHIAA State Champions…2012 Honorable Mention…2013 First-Team All-State…2013 Twin State Team…New Hampshire Scholar-Athlete Award…National Honors Society…2013 Senior Captain.


Co-founder of Rize Athletics, Brendon Medugno, has always had a passion for sports. His passions have lead him to a career in fitness. Brendon is a youth fitness specialist & holds several certificates in Strength & Conditioning through IYCA, & AFPA. He also coaches Pop Warner football, high school wrestling, & volunteers as a Big Brother with the Big Brother Big Sister foundation.

Brendon is making a name for himself as one of the premier performance coaches in Southern NH, helping clients and athletes from all walks of life achieve their physique and sports performance goals. His expertise comes from years of training and coaching athletes in multiple sports. He loves to work with kids and feels there is a huge shortage of strength training & nutrition knowledge for today's youth. He currently trains several local youth & high school athletes. He has also been called upon to lead the strength & conditioning programs for multiple high school athletic teams and youth programs in the Merrimack Valley area.

Before Rize, Brendon founded Young Muscle company to help children, as well as teens, develop an active and positive lifestyle. He believes targeting knowledge through activity will help convince children that exercise is very important to their well-being. Brendon with the help of his co-founders, created Rize Athletics with the goal of becoming a staple in the community with a mission of bringing families together through fitness, sports, social events, & personal development.

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and expect more than others think is possible" - Claude Bissell