About Jersey Thunder Girls Lacrosse

Our Philosophy

Keeping our basic principles in mind, we want you to PLAY a lot, not PAY a lot.  Although our traveling team is a fraction of the cost of most other programs, we will never sacrifice the quality or integrity of our program.  We are second to none in coaching, teaching, and honoring the game.  All of our athletes will benefit from our program.

College Exposure for High School Athletes:

Jersey Thunder provides Elite teams to accommodate those college coaches looking for the missing pieces to their collegiate squads.  Thunder lacrosse is respected by college coaches all over the country.

How Do We Prepare You For Collegiate Lacrosse?

Our staff is full of high school coaches with tons of experience in college recruiting, former Division I lacrosse players, and college coaches.  The major transition that comes from playing at the higher level is learning how to play as a team.  All of our coaches teach the philosophies of playing as one competitive unit, which is the foundation of any great college lacrosse team, and a skill that is vitally important for high school athletes to learn before playing at the next level.  "The whole is greater than the sum of its parts."  Play Jersey Thunder Girls Lacrosse - Learn how to play competitively on a team, and how it works on the next level.

Jersey Thunder Girls Coaching Staff

Lindsay Lafferman, Co Director​ & Thunder Coach

Michael Spinner, Co Director

  • Nearly 20 years coaching girls and women’s lacrosse from youth through international levels.
  • Started the women’s lacrosse program at Pace University, won 26 games from 2015-17, including the 2016 ECAC Division II Championship.
  • Pace University achieved its first national ranked to begin the 2016 season, and rose as high as #11.
  • Coached two All-Americans, four All-Region selections, and 16 All-Conference (Northeast-10) picks at Pace University.
  • Was a finalist for IWLCA Division II Coach of the Year in 2015 and 2016.
  • Was previously the Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach at the College of Mount Saint Vincent.
  • Served as an Assistant Coach at Manhattanville College and Salisbury University.
  • Coached at the High School level at Trumbull (CT) High School, Rye (NY) High School, and Greenwich (CT) High School.
  • Won more than 100 games as a High School and College Head Coach.
  • Previously worked for travel programs Yellow Jackets North, CT Dodgers, and CTLF.
  • Currently the Assistant Director of Athletics at Westchester Community College in New York.
  • A former All-American goalie, played for Pace University from 1996-99.
  • College: Pace University (BA) ’99 and SUNY Cortland (MS) ’10.

Doug Dolan, Thunder Coach

  • Coach: Pequannock TownshIp
        High School (Varsity), 2006-present 
  • Coach of the "New Jersey North Schoolgirls Team" at the US Lacrosse National Tournament from 2012 - present
  • Conference Champions: 2018, 2010
  • Coach of the Year: 2010, Jersey Sports Now Online
  • American Division Team of the Year 2018
  • College: York College (soccer)
  • High School: Smithtown, Long Island (soccer and lacrosse) 
  • Lax On College Summer Lacrosse League Director & Youth League Director
  • Morris Hills HS - 2017- Head Coach Varsity Coach
  • Morris Hills HS - 2016- Head Coach JV and Freshman, Assistant Coach Varsity
  • Morris Catholic HS- 2015- Head Coach JV, Assistant Coach Varsity
  • Rock Den Renegades- 2006-2016- Girls Program Director, Head Coach 7/8 Select Team, Board Member
  • College- Rutgers University- B.S and M.B.A

Danielle Rackowitz -Thunder Coach

Kelsey Hall - Thunder Coach

  • Coach at Kinnelon High School (Assistant Varsity/JV); present
  • Orangeburg Youth Lacrosse, Orangeburg, NY; 2014 
  • College: St. Thomas Aquinas College 
  • Lacrosse 2010-2013 - Captain 
  • High school: DePaul Catholic High School - soccer, winter track, lacrosse.
  • Coach:  Montville Youth Lacrosse
  • College:  Monmouth University, 2014 (lacrosse)
  • High School:  Montville High School (tennis, basketball, lacrosse)

Kaytlin Callaghan - Thunder Coach

Kailee Beal - Thunder Coach

  • High School: Wayne Valley High School (cross country, basketball, lacrosse)
  • College: Slippery Rock University D2 women's lacrosse team 2012-2016
  • Ranked second in Rock history for career assists and career points. 
Coach: Kinnelon High School (Varsity) - 2015- Present
Coach: Mountain Lakes High School (Assistant/ JV) 2014 - Group 1 State Champions 2014, Morris County Tournament Champions 2014, Stars/Stripes North Division Champions 2014
College: Montclair State University Lacrosse- 2010- 2013 
High School: Roxbury High School (Field Hockey, Basketball, and Lacrosse)

Lauren Callaghan - Thunder Coach

Erin Murphy​ - Thunder Coach

Kellie Kucinski​ - Thunder Coach

Coach at Lakeland Regional High School
(Head Varsity), 2010-present 
(Head JV), 2009 (started lacrosse program at the high school)

Coach: Glen Ridge High School
(Head Varsity), 2008 
(Head JV/Assistant Varsity), 2005-2007

Conference Champions: 2013, 2018

Passaic County Champions: 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018

Coach of the Year: 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018 Passaic County 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018
Bergen Record 2013
Suburban Trends -Team of the Year: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 

Ath Ed High School Summer Lacrosse League Coach

College: Fairleigh Dickinson University (tennis and lacrosse)
  • Coach at Kinnelon High School
  • College:  Rowan University, 2010 - 2014 Member of the lacrosse team.  Received All American honors at Rowan. 
  • High School:  Wayne Valley High School (field hockey, basketball, lacrosse)
  • ​​Coach:  Assistant Coach at Roxbury High School
  • College: Division II St. Thomas Aquinas College Lacrosse 2011-2015
  • High School: Roxbury High School (lacrosse)
  • Jersey Thunder Alumni 

Krista Perry​ - Thunder Coach

Alyssa (Yaya) Tachon - Summer Coach 

  • Coach:  Rock Den Renegades Lacrosse Coach & Kinnelon HS soccer coach
  • College: West Virginia University club lacrosse & soccer
  • High School: Morris Knolls High School (soccer, swimming, lacrosse)

  • College: Ramapo College Lacrosse (2015- present).  Leading goal scorer.  Captain.
  • High School: Pequannock Township High School (lacrosse and cheerleading
  • Jersey Thunder Lacrosse Alumni 

Angela DiPasquale - Goalie Coach (Summer)​​​

Alex Tepper  -​ Goalie Coach - Fall & Summer

  • Jersey Thunder Lacrosse Alumni
  • Bloomsburg University Lacrosse Goalie & Captain 
  • High School: Paramus High School (lacrosse, volleyball, winter track)
  • Morris Hills High School Freshman Coach
  • College: Montclair State University 2013-2016.  Member of the lacrosse team. 
  • 2nd all time goals against average. 
  • 4th all time save percentage 
  • High School:  Mount Olive High School 
       (Field hockey, Ice hockey, lacrosse)