Head Coach - UMBC
Amy Slade

Amy (Appelt) Slade enters her sixth season at the helm of the Retrievers. Slade served as a co-head coach for her first two seasons at the head of the program after being hired as an assistant coach in July of 2012.

Slade has posted a 43-40 record while serving at UMBC’s head coach. In 2017, Slade’s Retrievers made a third-straight appearance in the America East tournament, the first time since the 2010-12 season. The Team also shattered the records for most goals in a season (248), most assists (129), and most points (378). UMBC had five players - Sam Nolan, Carolyn Jamison, Kayla Renehan, Lauren McDonald, and Sara Moeller - named to the America East All-Conference Team. Nolan also became the program’s assist leader with 73, while Moeller and McDonald each set the single-season marks in assists (35) and goals (62), respectively.

In 2016, Slade and the Retrievers made a back-to-back appearance in the America East Championship and saw junior Sam Nolan and sophomore Carolyn Jamison named to the America East All-Conference Team. In 2015, she guided the Retrievers back to the America East Championships for the first time since 2012 and the seventh time since joining the league. UMBC had five players finish with 20-or-more goals, while two added double-digit assists. Senior Abby Wilson earned America East All-Conference Second Team honors after leading the team in goals and points. Freshman Tianna Wallpher earned a spot on the league’s All-Rookie Team, while classmate Caitlin Miller matched the program’s single-season draw control record.

In her first season at the helm of the Retrievers, Slade and Giro guided the Retrievers to their best start through nine games since 1986 by posting a 7-2 mark, however, UMBC battled a tough schedule, taking on four nationally-ranked opponents, to finish the season with an 8-8 record and narrowly missing out on the America East Tournament. Appelt had a pair of her midfielders earn America East postseason honors, with junior Kristen Bilney being named to the All-Conference First Team and sophomore Alyssa Semones being named to the Second Team.

Slade spent three seasons as an assistant coach for the Retrievers, prior to being named co-head coach. In her first campaign on the staff, UMBC posted its best season since 2002, with an 11-7 overall mark and its first-ever trip to the America East title game. In 2011, the Retrievers replicated their success, posting an 11-7 overall mark and knocking off defending champion Boston University in the semifinals, before falling to Albany in the championship game.

Slade, who won the prestigious Tewaaraton Trophy and led the University of Virginia to a national championship in 2004, joined the UMBC women’s lacrosse staff in August 2009. She was a four-time All-American at Virginia, where she set school records for career goals (258) and points (373) and ranks second in career assists (115). Her goals and points totals are fourth and fifth, respectively, in the NCAA Division I record books, and she set an NCAA record by scoring a goal in 66 straight games.

Slade became the first Cavalier to win the Tewaaraton Trophy as the nation’s best player in 2004, when she led the NCAA in scoring with 90 goals – also a school record – and 121 points, and those totals still rank in the top 10 in Division I history.

The native of Garden City, N.Y., has received a number of accolades, including 2002 ACC Rookie of the Year, 2002 Inside Lacrosse National Rookie of the Year, 2004 ACC Player of the Year, 2004 IWLCA Player of the Year, 2004 and 2005 Inside Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Year and the 2004 Honda Award.

Appelt is also a three-time All-ACC selection and earned spots on the 2004 ACC All-Tournament Team and the 2004 and 2005 NCAA All-Tournament Teams, as well as the NCAA’s 25th Anniversary Team in 2006. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English in 2005 and spent the 2007 season as a volunteer assistant coach at Virginia, helping to guide her alma mater to the NCAA title game, where the Cavaliers fell to Northwestern, 15-13. She was a part of the U.S. National Team from 2002-09 and was a member of the 2005 World Cup training team.

Head Coach - George Mason
Jessy Morgan

Head coach Jessy Morgan finished her fourth season at the helm of the George Mason lacrosse program in 2018. The former University of Virginia All-American and assistant coach was hired in August 2014 as the program's fourth head coach.

In her first four years, Morgan has turned the Patriots into a contender in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Mason has won 44 games the last four years and reached the A-10 Tournament each of the past four seasons. The 44 wins are the most ever in a four-year stretch in program history.

In 2018, the Patriots won at least 11 games for the third straight season. Mason finished in a tie for fourth place in the Atlantic 10 and reached the conference tournament for the fourth straight year. Morgan also coached A-10 Rookie of the Year and A-10 First Team All-Conference midfielder Erin Donoghue.

In 2017, she guided the Patriots to their third straight season of 10 wins or more - a program record. Mason finished 11-7 and tied for second in Atlantic 10 play for the second straight year. matching its most conference wins (seven) in program history.

In 2016, Morgan led the Patriots to 12 wins, which tied a school record and was the program's most wins since 2008. Mason also won seven A-10 games for the most conference wins in program history. The Patriots tied for second in the A-10 - their highest finish ever in conference play. Mason received the No. 2 seed and earned a first-round bye into the semifinals of the A-10 Tournament.

In her first season in 2015, Morgan led Mason to their first winning season since 2008, improving the team in nearly every statistical category. The Patriots finished with a 10-7 overall record, advancing to their first ever Atlantic 10 tournament. Morgan coached four All-Conference players including First Team midfielder Alexa McGovern.

Prior to joining Mason, she spent four seasons as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Virginia, a perennial NCAA championship contender.

A recruiting and defensive coordinator for the Cavaliers, Morgan has coached two All-Americans and two defensive All-ACC players in her four seasons as an assistant. Each season Morgan has been on staff, Virginia earned NCAA appearances, including a 2014 NCAA Semifinal appearance, and a national ranking as high as 4th. Recognized as a top recruiter, she played a significant role in securing the third-ranked national recruiting class in 2013.

As a student-athlete, Morgan helped Virginia advance to the NCAA Championship three times and win the 2004 NCAA Championship. In her tenure as a player she helped the Cavaliers win three ACC titles. She anchored a Cavalier defense that finished the 2006 season ranked sixth nationally in scoring defense. Morgan, named team captain as a senior, finished both her junior and senior seasons ranked third on the team in ground balls and second in caused turnovers.

The Baltimore, Md., native began her collegiate coaching career at Howard University where she was the head coach for the Bison for two seasons, in 2009 and 2010. She recruited and coached the 2010 National Lacrosse Conference (NLC) Attacker of the Year, Desiree Cox, two NLC All-Academic Team members and three NLC All-Tournament Team honorees.

On the national scene, Morgan was a two-time USA Developmental Team member and was voted the eighth-best African-American lacrosse player of all-time by Lacrosse Magazine in 2010.

Additionally, Morgan was the US Team selector for the 2012 gold medal team. She was recently inducted into the McDonogh School Hall of Fame in 2014. She conducts summer lacrosse camps for girls in non-traditional lacrosse areas all over the country as well as serving as the director of the National Lacrosse Organization Lacrosse Club for girls.

Morgan earned her bachelor's degree in English from Virginia in 2007. She earned her master's degree in business administration in 2017. She is married and lives in Owing Mills, Md., with her son, Sargeant.