DIRECTORS

 

RYAN PENNER

 

Ryan has been an assistant coach at Sacred Heart in Greenwich for the past 3 years where they have gone 46-11. Ryan has been able to bring a different perspective to the girls game, which at the collegiate level is beginning to look a lot like boys lacrosse. His big push is to develop lacrosse IQ and create a team concept on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball, to compete with some of the best teams in the country.  Currently the Sacred Heart girls team is ranked in the Top 40 teams in the country and in the past 3 years have developed athletes playing at or committed to play at Boston College, Penn, Cornell, Navy, Duke, UNC and Villanova.

Ryan is a product of the Yorktown lacrosse program, where in high school started two seasons in goal managing a .663 save percentage. As a starter, Ryan helped the Huskers to back-to-back Section Championships and was named All-Section both years. Despite only starting for two years, Ryan still ranks # 7 in saves in Yorktown history with 437. Ryan was also a member of the 2003 State Championship team.

Ryan accepted a scholarship to play college lacrosse at Marist University where he was a mainstay in goal for the Red Foxes. He was a four-year starter and was a three-year captain while at Marist. During his senior year, Ryan ranked in the top 10 in the country in save percentage.

As a coach, Ryan has been actively involved with numerous programs. Prior to the Predators, he has spent his summers coaching at the club level for the No Limit Ballers and the Yorktown Bombers. Ryan is also a coach for Greeley Youth Lacrosse and Bronxville Youth Lacrosse.

HEATHER RANIOLO

Heather graduated from Yorktown High School in 2012, where she played Lacrosse and Volleyball. She was an all section first team defender and draw specialist, as well as captain during her senior year. During her time at Yorktown, she was a member of the 2011 section championship team. In 2012, Heather was recognized as a member of the All Star First Team, as a defender for the huskers.

After high school, Heather went on to play at Springfield College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. She was a four year starter and a captain her senior year. Heather transitioned from defense to midfield for the pride, where she was named All Conference first team sophomore through senior year. She was named Athlete of the Year in the NEWMAC Conference in 2015, as well as first team IWLCA Berkshire All Region. Heather was also a part of two NEWMAC Championship titles. She led the team her senior season to the sweet sixteen in the NCAA tournament in 2016 to make history for the program.

Heather graduated from Sacred Heart University with her Masters Degree in 2018, where she was brought on to be an assistant coach for the program. During her time there she focused on the offensive side of the ball for the Pioneers, as well as working with the draw specialists and goalies

Heather currently coaches for two varsity programs within the Mt. Pleasant Central School District. She coaches both volleyball and lacrosse at Westlake High School. Heather is also a physical education and health teacher within the school district. Heather also has been a coach for Predators Lacrosse since the girls’ program was founded!

ALLY MUELLER

Ally Mueller grew up in Pelham, NY and attended the Hackley School in Tarrytown from 2010-2014. She was a three-sport varsity athlete and captain and won 6 total state championships (3 in basketball, 2 in lacrosse, and 1 in cross country). Ally was named a top-5 senior athlete in the Hudson Valley/Westchester areas by MSG Varsity and was a recipient of the Journal News’ Con Edison Scholar-Athlete award.

After high school, Ally went on to play in the Big Ten at Northwestern University, graduating in 2018 after helping the team make the NCAA Tournament 4x and advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals 2x. Ally was a four-year starting defender and received All-Big Ten First Team Honors her senior year, as well as All-Big Ten Tournament Team Honors twice. She was also a three-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and received a BA in Political Science and Legal Studies with a minor in business.

Ally has coached club lacrosse for Predators since the girls’ program was founded and spent time as a Rye Youth Lacrosse coach. Ally currently plays for the New York Athletic Club (NYAC) lacrosse team and works in Sponsorship Sales at a Sports and Entertainment Marketing agency in NYC.

COACHES

 

SARAH LLOYD

 

Sarah Lloyd is originally from Severna Park, MD and played lacrosse, soccer and swam at Severna Park High School, winning 6 State Championships (3 in lacrosse, 3 in swimming). In lacrosse, she was named an All-American by both US Lacrosse and Under Armour as a midfielder.

She then went on to play lacrosse at Princeton (2010-2014), where she was a co-captain who helped her team to an Ivy League Championship her senior year and advance to NCAA Quarterfinals twice. Sarah was a four year starting midfielder and received Ivy League Midfielder of the Year her senior year. She also earned All Ivy League First Team Honors her junior and senior year.

During her time at Princeton, Sarah received a BA in Psychology with a minor in Global Health and Health Policy. She then went on to receive her doctorate in physical therapy from Columbia University, where she graduated in 2018. Sarah currently is a physical therapist at SPEAR Physical Therapy in both their midtown and westchester locations. Sarah loves working with lacrosse athletes of any age, whether she is coaching or treating them.

Jenny Leffler

Jenny Leffler, a Westchester native, has been the Head Varsity Lacrosse and Field Hockey Coach at the Hackley School for over 25 years. In that time, Jenny has coached her teams to 12 state championships since its inception in 2004, and 35 total league championships. Jenny has also seen many of her lacrosse players go onto successful college lacrosse careers, including Dartmouth, Northwestern, UVA, Binghamton, Colgate, Amherst, Wesleyan, Washington & Lee, and more.

In High School, Jenny was a three sport varsity athlete at Fox Lane High School. She went on to play Lacrosse and Field Hockey at Kenyon College in Ohio. On top of coaching, Jenny also currently works as an English teacher and Dean at the Hackley School in Tarrytown, NY.

JACK KENSIL

 

Jack is a product of Saint Anthony’s High School (NY), where he was an All-League selection, and was part of a team that was ranked in the top 10 High School programs in the country in both his Junior and Senior year. He was also heavily recruited across the country as a football player, representing Long Island in the Empire State Game, and receiving several honors for his accomplishments on the field. Jack went on to accept a scholarship and play 4 years of lacrosse as an attack man at Marist College. Throughout his High School and College careers, Jack received several awards recognizing him for his academic and athletic excellence, along with his leadership qualities.

Jack is currently the Assistant Girls Varsity Coach at Mahopac High School (NY). He is also the Offensive Coach of the Boys 2021 Maddog National Team. He is the Founder and Head Performance Coach of 2 Wolves Performance, specializing in training athletes from the Youth and High School to College levels on their speed, strength, and lacrosse skills.

EMILY CONCIALDI

Emily Concialdi Graduated from Yorktown High School in 2015. She was a two sport athlete. She was a four year starter and two time all American on the Yorktown Girls Lacrosse team. She also competed on the Yorktown Ski team and placed top 10 in the state of NY her junior and senior year.

Emily continued her Lacrosse career out west and Played five years for the University of Southern California. During her five years her team won three conference championships and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.  USC made two appearances in the elite 8. Emily’s senior Year she was one of the leading scorers and was elected as Team Captain. She also was selected as PAC-12 all conference attacker. In 2020 her final season was cut short due to COVID-19. Emily is excited to move back to New York and join the predators coaching staff.

NIKKI APOSTOLOPOULOS

Nikki graduated from The Ursuline School in 2014, where she played Lacrosse and Basketball. She was an all section first team goalie and an all time saves record holder, as well as a captain her senior season. During her time at Ursuline she was a part of the first league title team in school’s history.

After high school, Nikki went on to play at Kean University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication. She was a four year starter as well as a two-category record holder in team’s history. Nikki was named Rookie of the Year for the cougars, and led the team in ground balls as a goalie. She earned all NJAC honors all four years, as well as IWLCA Boardwalk all region in 2018. Her senior year she earned the Kean women’s lacrosse team MVP.

Currently Nikki has returned back to Ursuline as the assistant coach for the lacrosse team. As the assistant she spends her time focusing on the defensive side of the ball, as well as working with the goalies.

CAITLIN ROONEY

Caitlin grew up in Yorktown Heights, NY. She is a graduate of Lakeland High School where she played field hockey and lacrosse for 4 years. Within her high school career Caitlin helped lead her field hockey team to a NYS Championship title and a Lacrosse Section title. Caitlin was a 2 time all-state player in field hockey and was a part of the Empire state games for 3 years. As a midfielder and captain Caitlin was named All American for field hockey and lacrosse her senior year. She went on to play D-1 Field Hockey at University of Rhode Island where she graduated with an education degree.

Caitlin has been coaching lacrosse for the past 10 years. In that time she has coached youth through High School around the country in Rhode Island, California and New York. Caitlin has been the head varsity coach at Harrison High School for the past 4 years and a part of the Harrison Youth Lacrosse program.

IZZY LaROCCA

Izzy graduated from Somers High School in 2016 and was a three sport athlete (Field Hockey, Track and Lacrosse). She was a four-year starter for Somers varsity lacrosse team and was an Academic All-American, and a two-time All-Section player. In field hockey, was named All-Section and All-Elite honorable mention recognition her senior year.

She went to play at Lehigh University and in her freshman year got into four games, tallying two ground balls and a caused turnover, both in the Patriot League Quarterfinals vs. Bucknell. She did not continue her sophomore year of play, but did coach at Moravian Middle School for their 7th/8th team (2019) and has coached Primetime Lacrosse (2016/2017). Izzy is excited to join the predators staff!

ASSISTANT COACHES

 

RYAN SMITH

 

Ryan Smith is from Port Chester, New York. She graduated from Sacred Heart Greenwich in 2019, where she played four years of varsity field hockey, basketball and lacrosse. The three sport captain just finished her first year at Boston College, where she excelled on the women’s lacrosse team. Unfortunately her freshman season was cut short due to COVID-19, but Ryan is excited to get back to Alumni Stadium.

 

MORGAN SMITH

 

Morgan Smith is from Port Chester, New York. She graduated from Sacred Heart Greenwich in 2020. She played four years of varsity field hockey, basketball and lacrosse. The three sport captain will be attending the University of Pennsylvania, where she will be playing lacrosse for the Quakers this upcoming season.

HILLARY HOOVER

 

Hillary Hoover is from Rye, New York. She is a graduate from Sacred Heart Greenwich, where she played four years of varsity lacrosse. Hilary was also a member of the field hockey team at SHG. The two sport captain was dominant for her freshman year at Cornell University. The season was cut short due to COVID-19, but she started all six games for the Big Red, posting 22 draw controls, 11 ground balls and 5 caused turnovers.

GOALIE SKILL DEVELOPMENT COACH

CHARLIE CIPRIANO

Charlie grew up in Long Island, and attended Herricks High School where he was a four year varsity starter. During his time at Herricks, Charlie was a 4x All-County Selection, and in 2008 was named a 2nd Team All American as well as the Nassau County Goalie of the Year. Over the course of 4 years, Charlie finished with 1,366 career saves which is also the All-Time National High School record. He served as his teams Captain during his Junior and Senior seasons as well as earning Herricks’ Most Outstanding Athlete in 2008.

After high school, Charlie went on to play at Fairfield University where he helped the team crack a top 20 national ranking and served as a captain during his senior season. As a three year starter, Charlie earned All-American (2012), ECAC Goalie of the Year (2011, 2012), and Scholar All-American (2012) honors. In the 2012 MLL Draft he was selected by the Denver Outlaws.

After three seasons and one MLL championship with the Denver Outlaws he finished the 2015 season with his second Championship while playing for the New York Lizards. This past season he was the starting goalie for the Charlotte Hounds and led them to their second ever playoff appearance. He currently serves as a Guidance Counselor and lacrosse coach at Fordham Preparatory High School.