Staff
Head Coach UMass Lowell
Carissa Medeiros

Carissa Medeiros will enter her fourth year, third season, at the reigns of the UMass Lowell women's lacrosse program, which played its inaugural season in 2015.

Under Medeiros' direction, three RiverHawks were named to America East All-Rookie Teams, and 2016 graduate Laura Kender was twice named to the America East & IWLCA All-Academic Teams.

In six seasons at Bentley, Medeiros compiled an overall record of 60-47 and a 46-21 clip in the Northeast-10 Conference while coaching 10 NE-10 all-conference players and four all-rookie team standouts.

Her teams have also excelled in the classroom, having earned Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-Academic honors in 2011 and 2012. More impressive, Bentley’s 2012 team was named an IWLCA Merit Squad for having one of the top three team grade point averages in Division II.

Prior to taking the reins at Bentley, Medeiros was an assistant coach at her alma mater, Stonehill College, for 3 seasons (2004-06) where she helped the Skyhawks to NE-10 titles all three years, in addition to the 2005 NCAA Championship 2005 NCAA Championship. She also enjoyed a stellar three-year career which saw capture the 2003 NCAA title.

An All-American goalie as a senior at Stonehill, Medeiros was a walk-on who sat out her freshman year to concentrate on academics, but stepped into the starting lineup as a sophomore. She backstopped Stonehill to a three-year record of 45-15 which included the 2003 NCAA Championship as well as NE-10 Championships in all three years. She earned Tournament Most Valuable Player honors in 2003.

Additionally, Medeiros was named the IWLCA Goalie of the Year after ranking second in goals against average (6.17) and seventh in save percentage (.586) among Division II goalies. As a junior, she captured Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Goalie of the Year honors.

She was named to the NE-10 All-Conference Team and NE-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll all three years as well.

A psychology major/criminal justice minor, Medeiros graduated from Stonehill cum laude in 2003. She earned her master’s degree in general psychology from Boston University in 2005 and previously was an adjunct professor of psychology at Endicott College and Salem State University.

Medeiros graduated from New Bedford H.S. in 1999 where she was a three-sport standout in soccer, basketball and lacrosse.

Asst. Coach
Forrest Stillwell

Stillwell joined the River Hawks in the summer of 2015.

Stillwell’s primary responsibilities at UMass Lowell will be working with the defensive and goalkeeping units, as the squad’s defensive coordinator.

“Our program is supremely lucky to have snagged Forrest as our Defensive Coordinator,” said Medeiros. “Someone with his experience and proven ability as a coach is exactly what we need as we enter our third year. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge of the X’s and O’s of coaching women’s lacrosse, as well as a large network of mentors and connections in the Division I world. He will help elevate our program immediately.”

As a member of the staff at UConn, Stillwell managed the Huskies defense, which led the BIG EAST Conference in caused turnovers and save percentage in back-to-back seasons (2015, 2016). Stillwell was also a part of the Huskies’ coaching staff that was named the 2015 BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year and brought the Huskies to it’s first ever conference tournament the same year. During his tenure, Stillwell coached two All-Americans, eight All-Region selections, two BIG EAST Players of the Year, and multiple All-BIG EAST First Team honorees.

"I am very excited to be here and for the opportunity to help contribute to a rising program,” said Stillwell. “Coach Medeiros and the team have an amazing chemistry and bond, and I am glad to be in the River Hawk family.”

In addition to his coaching stint at UConn, Stillwell spent five years at Bucknell, headlining the squad’s defensive system. During his five-year coaching campaign, the Bison led the Patriot League in caused turnovers in 2012 and 2013.

Asst. Coach
Carly O'Connell

O'Connell joined the River Hawk staff in the summer of 2015.

O’Connell comes to the River Hawks after wrapping up a stellar playing career at Oregon. The midfielder and four-year starter for the Ducks sits atop the program’s record books for career draw controls per game (3.05), single season points (71), single season draw controls (77) and single game draw controls (10). O’Connell also ranks second all-time in career points (199), assists (86), draw controls (203), points per game (2.91), and assists per game (1.25).

“We are very excited to have Carly on board for our third year,” explained Medeiros. “She has experienced Division I Athletics at one of the premier institutions in the country at Oregon and excelled as a player on offense and in the midfield. Her energy and enthusiasm for the sport will undoubtedly be a positive influence for our team. We look forward to her reorganizing and fine-tuning our offense.”

The Southborough, Mass. native received 2015 All-MPSF First Team honors and was a two-time All-MPSF Second Team selection in 2013 and 2014. During her time at Oregon, O’Connell