To coordinate and facilitate all activities related to girls lacrosse on Mercer Island; to promote and facilitate a safe environment for girls to play lacrosse at the high school and youth level; to promote the growth of the sport; and to honor the game b

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Lyndsey Gillis is the varsity head coach and program director of Mercer Island Girls’ Lacrosse and the 2017 WSLA Coach of the Year. She also currently serves as an executive member to the WSLA board and is the Program Director for Seattle Starz Girls Lacrosse Club. Prior to taking on the MI position, Gillis spent five seasons as the varsity head coach at Seattle Preparatory School and two seasons at Greenwich Academy in Greenwich, CT. A standout midfielder at Bowdoin College, Gillis was a member of three NCAA tournament teams, a 4-year starter and an Academic All-American. She earned her master’s degree from the University of Washington.



  • Bowdoin College, NCAA DIII Lacrosse, 2004-2008
  • Academic All-American 
  • Captain, 2008
  • 3x NCAA tournament Team


Mercer Island Girls Lacrosse, Program Director and Varsity Head Coach, 2017-Present

Seattle Starz, Program Director and Head Coach, 2013-2020; HS Recruiting Advisor, Current

Seattle Preparatory School, Program Head, 2012-2016

Greenwich Academy, Assistant Varsity Coach, 2008-2010


Graduate of Bowdoin College, 2004-2008

  • BS in Visual Arts & Pre-med with a Minor Biology and Art History

Graduate of the University of Washington, 2010-2012

  • Master’s in Fine Arts, Painting and Drawing




Helen Hansen is a Mercer Island, WA native and a 2016 graduate of The University of California Berkeley. During her time at CAL she was the Bear’s starting goalie and helped lead them to pivotal PAC12 conference wins. Since graduating Helen returned to Seattle and works as a Technical Recruiter/Account Manager supporting numerous enterprise companies. She has continued her passion for lacrosse by coaching various teams in the Seattle area and cannot wait to lead the 7/8th Grade GLAX squad!





Cal Berkeley, DI Lacrosse, 2012-2016

  • Academic All-American 
  • All Conference Player
  • Players Choice Award & Unsung Hero 

High School 

Mercer Island High School 2009 State Champion (D2)

Culver Military Academy 3x State Champion contender 

  • 2012 National Team INKY 


Seattle Starz, 2016-Present

Mercer Island Girls Lacrosse, 2017-Present

Tenacity Bay Area, 2012-2016




Morgan is a Richmond, VA native and attended Trine University and Virginia Commonwealth University. During her time at Trine University she played attack and midfield on the lacrosse team. She also played defensive-mid and attack for the field hockey team, where she was a captain as a freshman, leading the team in goals. She has been coaching at the high school and club level since 2011 in Virginia, Oregon and Colorado before moving to Seattle in 2019.





  • Trine University - Angola, Indiana, 2010 – 2011
  • Field Hockey Captain, 2010
  • Lacrosse Starter, 2010-2011

Virginia Commonwealth University - Richmond, Virginia, 2013 – 2015

  • Club Lacrosse, 2013


Seattle Starz Lacrosse Club, 2019 – present

Hanover High School, 2011 - 2015

Lake Oswego Youth Lacrosse, 2017

3d Lacrosse Oregon/ Colorado, 2017 - 2019




Saffron is a Mercer Island native and started playing lacrosse in 6th grade as part of the first youth lacrosse program on Mercer Island! As varsity lacrosse captain, she graduated from Mercer Island High School in 2013. She continued her lacrosse career and attended the University of Mount Olive in North Carolina. As a 3rd year program, Mount Olive made their way to the Top 10 of Division II and won its first Conference Carolinas Championship her sophomore year. Saffron graduated from Mount Olive in 2017 having played all four years.





  • University of Mount Olive 
  • 2x Second Team All-Conference, 2016, 2017
  • Conference Carolinas Championship in 2015 

High School 

Mercer Island Girls Varsity, 2011-2013

  • Senior Captain
  • 2x All-Conference, 2012-2013


Mercer Island Girls Lacrosse

  • MIHS Varsity assistant, 2019-present
  • 1/2nd grade & 5/6th grade, 2012-2013
  • 3/4th grade & 7th grade, 2018

Seattle Starz Lacrosse Club, 2018-present

Mercer Island Summer Camps, 2010-2016




Danielle Morgan is a Washington native, and a 2017 graduate of Aurora University in Aurora, IL. During her time in college, Danielle was on the inaugural AU Women's Lacrosse team as a four-year starter, and captain her sophomore, junior, and senior years. She played on the USA Athletes International Lacrosse team in the 2015 "Down Under Lacrosse Tournament" in Melbourne, Australia. She also made MWLC 1st Team All Conference for Defense and Midfield two years in a row. After receiving her B.A in Secondary Education, Danielle was the assistant women’s lacrosse coach for Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR. She has also had coaching stints with IWLGA in Illinois, and LaxNW in Oregon before joining the Starz and Mercer Island staff, where she has been for since 2018.



Women’s Lacrosse Division III, Aurora University

  • Captain Aurora, IL. 2014-2016
  • MWLC All Conference 1st Team Defense 2015; 1st Team Midfield 2016
  • Led team to three consecutive MWLC conference championship games
  • Led team to 2nd place in MWLC conference

Aurora Women’s Lacrosse Student Assistant Coach/Manager 2016- 2017

USA Athletes International Lacrosse Team- Team USA to play in Australia 2015

Women’s Lacrosse Division III, Pacific University

Assistant Women’s Lacrosse Coach Forest Grove, OR, 2017-2018

Club Lacrosse

Seattle Starz, 2017-present

Lacrosse Northwest; Assistant Girls Program Director Portland, OR 2017-present

Lacrosse Northwest; 2024/2025 girls lacrosse Head Coach, Portland OR 2017-Present

IGLA Head Lacrosse Coach for 5th-8th grade, Naperville IL, 2015




Stephanie is a graduate of Seattle University where she was a four-year member of the women’s lacrosse program (WCLA II). She coached at SU for two years after graduating and now coaches Fall/Winter and Summer seasons for Seattle Starz. This is her third season coaching with the Mercer Island Lacrosse Club. Stephanie is now a Special Ed para-educator at West Mercer Elementary and loves working with kids of all ages.






  • Seattle University, 2011-2015
  • 3-year president and captain
  • 2-year D2 WCLA MVP
  • Student-Coach Senior year
  • Led the team to back to back playoff and championship appearances


Seattle Starz Lacrosse Club, 2016-present

Seattle University Women’s Lacrosse Club, 2015-2016

Nathan Hale High School, 2015

Kennedy High School, 2014

High School

Kennedy High School

  • 2nd place-State Championship, 2010
  • 3-year varsity starter
  • Attack MVP, 2011